Acupuncture is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) focused on natural healing without the use of drugs or surgery. Acupuncture focuses on restoring natural energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), along pathways in the body called meridians.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, illness is caused by disruptions in these energy pathways. If your Qi is blocked, the flow of blood is stagnated, resulting in pain and illness. Chinese acupuncture works to balance the flow of Qi to organs, glands and body tissues.
All Aurora Health Care acupuncturists are certified by the state of Wisconsin and follow the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) guidelines.
There are many benefits of acupuncture. Conditions most commonly treated with acupuncture include, but are not limited to:
Acupuncture has also been successfully used to treat cancer patients by easing nausea and boosting immune function. Learn more about Aurora’s acupuncture program for people with cancer or find an acupuncturist near you.
How does acupuncture work? During an acupuncture treatment session, a trained acupuncturist inserts fine, hair-thin needles into precise spots on your body along energy pathways or meridians. All needles are used once and disposed of in order to guarantees sterility.
While everyone experiences medical acupuncture differently, most people feel only a small amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Heat and electrical stimulation (moxa) may be used to enhance the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.
Most often, you’ll book a course of 10 treatments, though you may notice improvement after only a couple visits. Your first visit at one of our eastern Wisconsin clinics may take 90 minutes, with following visits lasting about 30 to 60 minutes. Check with your insurance provider before beginning treatment to see if medical acupuncture is covered by your plan.
Aurora Women's Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227