from Traditional Chinese Medical Theory, acupuncture is
the use of fine, single-use, sterile needles inserted
into precise anatomical sites in the body to balance the
energy in the body and produce therapeutic effects. Dr.
Stana Djurdjevic & Associates perform a complete history
and physical examination to discover the cause of illness
and imbalance in the body and provide a system of treatment.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles
into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in
the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) for
therapeutic purposes. Along with the normal method of
puncturing the skin with the fine needles, the practitioners
of acupuncture also use heat, pressure, friction, suction,
or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the
The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated to balance
the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.
Traditionally, acupuncture points were believed to be
holes that allow entry into 'channels'. These holes provide
us gateways to influence, redirect, increase, or decrease
the body's vital substance, thus correcting many of the
imbalances. Many studies and research have taken place
to understand the mechanism of acupuncture.
Acupuncture Patient Benefits
On November 3-5, 1997, an independent panel of experts
at the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus
Development Conference stated that "Promising results
have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult
post operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and
in post operative dental pain."
"There are other situations, such as addiction, stroke
rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow,
fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back
pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture
may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable
alternative or be included in a comprehensive management
The conclusion of the NIH Consensus Statement was, "There
is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand
its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further
studies of its physiology and clinical value."
More and more third party Insurance companies and Worker
Safety Insurance boards are recognizing the effectiveness
of acupuncture, enabling patient treatments to be billable
under most health and wellness plans.
Other types of therapy that work well,
together, with acupuncture:
For chest congestion, cupping is very effective. Also
used for muscle tightness and tension from stress. The
use of glass or plastic cups on the body helps to move
stagnation and relieve symptoms.
This form of therapy uses massaging pressure at specific
acupuncture points, without needles, to bring about balance
Auricular Acupuncture and Acupressure
Stimulating specific points in the ears with pressure
and with needles, can help control cravings, like smoking.
It addresses other whole body concerns including high
blood pressure, insomnia and stress. Medical acupuncture
treatments are provided by trained Doctors, and may often
be applied in conjunction with other healing and strengthening
Effects of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the immune system.
It also has affects the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm
and stroke volume of the heart, secretion of the gastric
acid, and production of red and white cells. It also stimulates
the release of a variety of hormones that help body to
respond to injury and stress.
The Gate Control Theory of Pain
According to this theory, pain signals must pass through
a number of high traffic "gates" as they move from the
area of injury upward through the spinal cord into the
brain. Like a road or highway, these nerves can handle
only a limited number of nerve signals at one time. The
pain signals travels very slowly. We can generate other
signals which move faster and those signals crowd out
the slower ones because of the limited capacity of the
nerves. Acupuncture generates competing stimulus and effectively
blocks the slow pain signals from reaching the brain.
The result: the pain experience is halted.
Electrical Theory of Pain
Our bodies continually generate tiny, but detectable,
electrical discharges which influence the growth, maturation,
and functioning of some types of cells. Studies show that
acupuncture points are concentrated in regions of low
electrical resistance. Other studies have shown a correlation
between the electromagnetic fields in the body and channels
or meridians. Therefore, this theory of acupuncture infers
that acupuncture influences the body's electromagnetic
fields. Acupuncture points have certain electrical properties,
and stimulating these points alters chemical neurotransmitters
in the body.
Conditions Recommended for Acupuncture
by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
Cataract (without complications)
Central Retinitis Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
Pain after tooth extraction
Pharyngitis Orthopedic Disorders
Low back pain
Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacterial dysentery
Paralysis after apoplectic fit
Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction