Traditional Chinese Medicine for Healing in Wisconsin
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of natural healing that does not use drugs or surgery to treat the body. During acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body. This helps restore a balanced flow of energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") to various organs, glands and body tissues.
Today, acupuncture is commonly used in health care. At Aurora Health Care, all our acupuncturists are certified by the state of Wisconsin and follow the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) guidelines.
How Acupuncture Works
During acupuncture, fine hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body. They are inserted to very shallow levels into acupuncture points that connect with pathways called "meridians." The meridians conduct energy (Qi) between the surface of the body and the internal organs and help restore a balanced flow of energy.
Qi helps the body maintain health and balance, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual elements. If Qi is blocked, the flow of blood is stagnated, resulting in pain and illness. Acupuncture helps restore the proper flow of Qi, which can reduce pain and discomfort.
What to Expect During Your First Visit
Your acupuncturist will review your health history and work with you to set a plan for improving your health and well-being. The acupuncturist will conduct a personal interview with you and assess your health based on a model of traditional Chinese medicine. This includes an examination of your tongue (color and coating) and your pulse. The acupuncturist will then determine which acupuncture points need to be used to balance your Qi and restore your health.
The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and the sensation with placement is minimal. All needles are disposed of after one use. Heat and "moxa" or electrical stimulation may also be used with acupuncture needles to enhance the therapeutic effect. Does Acupuncture Hurt?
While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal (small?) amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. The needles are hair-thin and not designed to cut. Some people report feeling a sensation of excitement while others feel relaxed.
How Many Sessions Should I Expect?
A course of treatment typically includes 10 sessions, although significant improvement can occur after only a couple visits. Your acupuncturist will discuss the treatment plan with you, based on your individual needs. Your first visit may take 90 minutes, with subsequent visits lasting about 30-60 minutes.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
Acupuncture can help with a range of health issues and symptoms. Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include:
- Diseases of the muscles, bones and joints - Sprains, Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Nerve and chronic neck and pain.
- Diseases of the nervous system - Strokes, Numbness, Anxiety, Depression, Other Nervous Disorders, Nerve Paralysis, Headaches/Migraines, Shingles Pain
- Digestive disorders - Indigestion, Stomach Ulcers, Gallstones, Diarrhea, Constipation, Nausea/Vomiting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Diseases of the respiratory system - Asthma/Allergies, Bronchitis, Sinusitis
- Diseases of the heart and blood vessels - Angina, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Smoking
- Drug Addiction
- Obstetrics and gynecology - Fetal Malposition, Menopause Symptoms (Hot Flashes), PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea, Uterine Bleeding, Infertility
- Anesthesia for labor and delivery - Acupuncture Anesthesia
Learn more about our program on acupuncture for people living with cancer.
Who Can Benefit from Acupuncture
Acupuncture is appropriate for all ages. Acupuncture treatment can have a positive effect on your overall health, and has been shown to increase immune function.
If you would like to explore acupuncture as a treatment option, and are currently receiving care, talk to your physician. With your consent, our acupuncturist will work with your provider to develop a plan for your optimal health.
Some health insurance policies cover the expense for acupuncture treatment. It is recommended that you check with your insurance company to determine policy coverage before beginning treatment.
Aurora Health Center
1910 Alabama St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
David G Conger, MD
Aurora Advanced Healthcare Good Hope Clinic
3003 West Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Theodore King II PhD, WI certified acupuncturist
Aurora Wiselives Center
8320 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 125 A
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 North 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Physical Medicine & Rehab – 4th Floor, Easy Street
Kimberly Stephens – WI certified acupuncturist
Individual and Community Acupuncture
Aurora Women's Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
Michael Culotti - WI certified acupuncturist
Aurora Advanced Healthcare East Mequon Clinic
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092
Theodore King II Ph.D, WI certified acupuncturist
Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic
1222 N 23rd St
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Max Haid, MD
Aurora Advanced Healthcare Menomonee Falls Clinic
N84 W16889 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Theodore King II PhD, WI certified acupuncturist
Aurora Health Care
1136 Westowne Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956
Brian L Goldshlack, MD