physician ohWhat is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient (over 3000 years old!) method of treating medical conditions that involves needles (the most common method) and heat therapy using herbs called moxibustion. Modern techniques also include electro-acupuncture and ear stimulation.

Why acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat many conditions. Whether patients want to avoid using drugs with all of their side effects and risks, or whether patients want to try a unique treatment to restore natural balance and healing, acupuncture is definitely a viable option.

What kinds of problems can acupuncture treat?

Most conditions need to be treated once or twice a week for at least 4 weeks. Repetition is the key to treatment success. The possibilities for treatment are endless:

  • Any kind of pain – muscular pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines and tension headaches, menstrual cramps, low back pain, etc.
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Depression, anxiety, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal symptoms, insomnia
  • Smoking cessation, weight loss, general well-being
  • Irregular periods, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome
  • OB – morning sickness, breech presentation, carpal tunnel syndrome

What can I expect to feel?

Acupuncture most commonly involves the insertion of needles into specific points on your body. The needle is very, very thin. You probably will not feel the needle going in, but after the needle is in the right spot, you will feel a tingling sensation.

How long do I have to do it?

Because acupuncture probably works through your brain and nervous system, it may take some time before you notice an effect. Sometimes you only need 1 treatment. But usually most conditions need 2 treatments a week for about 4-5 weeks. Each treatment lasts about 20 minutes. Acupuncture for most conditions works best with repetition. Repetition is the key to treatment success.

What are the risks and side effects?

The most common side effect is relaxation. Many patients sleep through their treatment! The most common risks are bleeding and fainting. The needles that are used are much thinner than needles used in blood draws, so the bleeding is minimal.

How should I prepare for acupuncture?

It is best to come to the treatment relaxed and calm. Let the treatment be your time to renew and collect your energy.

It is best to have a light meal before the treatment. We prefer if your stomach is not too empty and not too full.

It is recommended to avoid sex or strenuous exercise on the day of the treatment to conserve your vital energy. If you are taking pain medications, try to avoid taking any on the day of treatment for maximal therapeutic effect.

How do I get started?

Call our office for an acupuncture session with Dr. Jane Oh. Each appointment lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Come to your treatment relaxed and calm. Let this time be your opportunity to renew and restore your energy.

Gynecological & Obstetric Associates, SC
1614 W. Central Road, Suite 205  •  Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005  •  847-392-9191