Acupuncture

Acupuncture & Nutrition Specialists of Wisconsin, S.C. truly understands the causes and subsequent treatment of persistent pain. Our doctors and staff offer natural health services and acupuncture techniques for effective relief of a wide range of troubling conditions.

Acupuncture Successfully Treats:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Low-back pain
  • PMS
  • Shoulder pain
  • Night sweats
  • Addictions
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Sciatica
  • Stress
  • IBS

In Addition to Acupuncture, We Help You Heal in a Natural Way With:

  • Other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Natural herbs to maintain body balance
  • Herbal liniments that have been formulated through many centuries of study, designed to treat sport injuries.

One of the significant benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it is a safe, effective, drug-free, holistic healing system that works with the body’s own innate power to heal itself. With a history over 2500 years old, Oriental medicine is time tested and has treated more people than all other medical systems in written history. Acupuncture is a complete medical system within it that is used to diagnose and treat illness, manage chronic disorders, alleviate pain and promote health through prevention and maintenance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

What Are The Needles Like? Do They Hurt?

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.


How Many Treatments Are Needed?

The number will differ from person to person and will depend on your treatment goals. Acute problems need fewer sessions, whereas complex or chronic conditions may require one or two treatments per week for several months. Acupuncture effects build and strengthen with repeated visits. After a condition has been treated successfully, some people consider periodic health maintenance “tune-ups” to keep their energy flowing and in good balance.


Are There Any Side Effects?

Usually not. Change in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination pattern may be triggered but is actually a signal that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common after the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or invigoration. Other than that, one of the needled points may develop a small bruise but that is generally rare.


What Are The “Do’s And Dont’s” On The Day Of A Treatment?

  • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
  • Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within six hours before or after the treatment.
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your primary care physician. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol), especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.
  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and solve your problem.

Is Acupuncture Covered By Health Insurance?

Before treatment, each health policy should be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits. While some insurance companies currently cover the cost of acupuncture, other companies do not yet recognize its value. You can help by insisting that your insurance company offer you reimbursement for medically indicated acupuncture treatments before you accept their policy.

Acupuncture & Nutrition Specialists of Wisconsin accepts Personal Checks, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. If your health insurance plan does cover our services we ask that you submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.

More About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a proven safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Thin, tiny needles are inserted into specific points on the body to trigger the body’s natural healing response and to harmonize the balance of energy flow.

Over 2000 years ago Chinese healers began mapping out the body’s energy pathways or channels which are called meridians. According to traditional acupuncture theory there are 12 meridians running vertically along the length of the human body with each one connecting to specific organs and glands. The vital energy running through meridians is called “Qi” (Chee) and it activates organs and tissue functions.

Illness can be caused by obstructed Qi or energy flow at certain points along the meridians. When this happens, acupuncture therapy can be used to stimulate the Qi flow along the meridian and harmonize the body’s energy to influence the health of both body and mind.

Modern, electromagnetic research has confirmed the locations of acupuncture points, providing scientific explanations that acupuncture needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These natural chemicals can change pain sensations and activate other chemical and hormonal releases that help regulate healthy body functions.

The immediate effect of acupuncture is the increased production of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain relievers that have an analgesic, anti-depressant, and anti-allergic effect.

Endorphins Are Referred to as “Internal Morphine” Which Has Two Major Effects:

  1. Relaxing the body
  2. Serving to reduce the level of pain

Endorphin production also increases the circulation of blood, which sends nutrition via the small blood vessels to all parts of the body.