Acupuncture

Dr. Mary Peterson of Great Lakes Health & Wellness in Palos Heights, IL offers Acupuncture therapy to her patients. We use it to treat a myriad of conditions. It helps with many conditions from pain control to assisted reproductive techniques. In addition to treating patients in Palos Heights, IL we also serve the communities of Palos Hills, Palos Park, Oak Forest, Worth, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Blue Island, Midlothian, Crestwood, Orland Park, Tinley Park and Evergreen Park.

How does Acupuncture Work?images 5B5 5D

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. Blood flow and nerve impulses also follow the meridians through the body to various parts, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any obstruction or deficiencies of energy, blood and nerve impulses would eventually lead to disease.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow of the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through meridians.

Some informative links:

Acupuncture for Arthritis

http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/arthritis-acupuncture

Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2004/nccam-20.htm

Scientists Seek Clues for Acupuncture's Success

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/acupuncture-pain-killer

Acupuncture Good for Fibromyalgia?

Study Shows Acupuncture Relieves Fatigue, Anxiety in Fibromyalgia Patients

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/news/20060616/acupuncture-good-for-fibromyalgia

Acupuncture beats aspirin for chronic headache

http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/12/02/us-headaches-acupuncture-idUSTRE4B10V220081202

Hold the Chemicals, Bring on the Needles

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/13/fashion/13SKIN.html?_r=1

The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment

http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/features/ancient-art-of-infertility-treatment

Acupuncture beats drug to treat hot flashes: study

http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/09/22/us-acupuncture-cancer-idUSN2228263220080922

Scientists Seek Clues for Acupuncture's Success

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/acupuncture-pain-killer

Acupuncture May Ease Chronic Back Pain

http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20090511/acupuncture-may-ease-chronic-back-pain

Pain treatment of fibromyalgia by acupuncture.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9672997

The role of acupuncture in cancer supportive care.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419418