I just help nudge things along with thin needles, herbal medicine, my hands, and a little dietary/lifestyle advice, if needed.
What can acupuncture and oriental medicine do for you?
There is very little it can’t do! The World Health Organization acknowledges that acupuncture has been proven to treat hundreds of conditions, from infertility to osteoarthritis. The National Institute of Health conducts and evaluates research on many forms of medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbology. It treats physical problems such as back pain, sprained ankles, and frozen shoulder. It treats skin problems, such as itching, hives, rashes, and acne. It treats internal problems such as indigestion, asthma, and high blood pressure. It treats women’s problems such as PMS and infertility. It treats emotional and psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, grief, and insomnia.
Oriental medicine is holistic. I don’t just treat your problem, I treat you. If you have ‘tennis elbow’, I might examine your back, take your pulse, look at your tongue, ask about your diet, and even ask about your sleep habits! All of these will inform us how you, as a whole person, can heal, along with your tennis elbow.
What can acupuncture do for pain?
You have the right to live pain-free! Pain management is the area where acupuncture is the most effective. In oriental medicine, we have many diagnoses for pain conditions. Three patients may present with ‘back pain’, but upon examination, I may find three completely different causes for their pain, and treat each patient very differently. One patient may receive an herbal formula to strengthen her kidneys. Another may get acupuncture on his legs only. The other may need manual therapy on his neck! I don’t just treat pain, I treat you.
Laith Naayem L.Ac., MSOM