Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world. It is an ancient healing art that uses fine sterile needles to stimulate specific acupoints to rebalance the flow of energy, reduce pain, and restore health. Research supports the use of acupuncture for a variety of conditions. Studies have demonstrated a correlation between activation of specific areas of the brain and acupoint stimulation, predicted by ancient acupuncture literature. The world health organization has also recognized over 200 health conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.

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Dr. Moore also uses auriculotherapy, a reflex-therapeutic method where acupressure / acupuncture is administered only to the external ear, rather than the body.

Auriculotherapy is particularly effective for the relief of pain (J Clin Oncol. 2003 Nov 15;21(22):4120-6.) but is also used to relieve allergies, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, insomnia, weight management, and other conditions. Dr. Moore also teaches an auriculotherapy course for health care professionals.

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Common Conditions Treated with Acupuncture

  • Chronic Pain

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Joint pain

  • Weight Loss

  • Insomnia

  • Neurological conditions

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Migraine

  • Menopause

  • Constipation / diarrhea

  • Gas / bloating

A randomized clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2020 looked at the effect of 8 weeks of acupuncture with chemotherapy compared to placebo and usual care without acupuncture. The authors of the study concluded that compared with usual care, real acupuncture resulted in significant improvement in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy symptoms. (JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(3)).

Acupuncture is often used in cancer care as a non-pharmacological therapy to mitigate:

  • Neuropathy

  • Hot flashes from breast cancer treatment

  • Cancer-related pain

  • Treatment-induced nausea

  • Reduced appetite

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Dry mouth

  • Constipation or diarrhea

  • Sexual wellness issues

  • Fatigue

Acupuncture FAQ’s

Acupuncture | Does it Hurt?2020-04-10T19:55:24+00:00

Most people are surprised to learn that acupuncture is not painful. Patients may not even feel the needles. Sometimes local sensations where the needles are placed can include: warmth, electrical sensation, heaviness, relaxation, aching or tingling. These sensations are known as “de qi” and are considered a good sign. If the needle is placed and you feel a sharp sensation, the needle may be removed or placed again and this is also not dangerous.

Acupuncture | How big are the needles?2020-04-10T19:55:54+00:00

Acupuncture needles are ultra fine/small and are often described as hair-width in diameter.

Acupuncture | How does western medicine explain how acupuncture works?2020-04-10T19:57:08+00:00

For a scientific description of traditional acupuncture theory, read this article —

Acupuncture | Is it Safe?2020-04-10T19:54:41+00:00

The safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, with very few adverse events reported in the medical literature when performed by a trained practitioner.

Additional References

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1444-1453; Pain. 2006 Nov;125(1-2):98-106; Canadian Family Physician Mar 2020; J Tradit Chin Med. 2019 Feb;39(1):103-110; Acupunct Electrother Res. 2017 Jan;42(1):1-10; Trials. 2019 May 30;20(1):308; J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar;23(3):164-179; Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2012;39(2):209-13; JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(4):508-515, J Clin Oncol. 2003 Nov 15;21(22):4120-6.

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