ReDerm MD Medical Spa Denver – Acupuncture

ReDerm MD Medical Spa Denver - AcupunctureThe traditions of ancient China have given us both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. They are the mainstays of medical therapy in China today, and have become very popular in the West as well. The ancient theory for the efficacy of acupuncture involved the idea of qi (or chi) – natural energy flowing through the human body in channels called meridians – that is disturbed or blocked in illness. Although acupuncture has been thought to help restore the proper flow of qi to restore health, the modern pathophysiologic scientific hypothesis is that acupuncture may stimulate adenosine and endorphin release. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions including migraine headaches, pain, fibromyalgia, and anesthetic or chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Acupuncture involves the placement of extremely fine, sterile, stainless steel needles at particular places in the skin for a short time, and is sometimes combined with a technique called “cupping”, in which a warm suction cup is placed on the skin. Acupuncture is minimally invasive, relatively painless, and safe when performed by an experienced, certified practitioner. Depending on the patient and the condition being treated, multiple visits may be recommended.

Chinese herbal medicine utilizes over 300 herbs including cinnamon, ginger, ginseng, licorice, mushrooms, rhubarb, sage, and wolfberry as well as many less common substances as an adjunctive treatment for a wide variety of conditions. In the U.S., the highest standards for certification in the use of Chinese herbs and acupuncture are through the NCCAOM. Dr. Paula Santistevan is an NCCAOM diplomate in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Find a Practitioner through the NCCAOM Directory.

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