Acupuncture | "acu•punc•ture"

The Eastern study focuses on alleviating pain through the typically painless insertion of very fine, sterile, filiform needles into specific meridians in order to manage certain conditions.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method of producing analgesia or altering the function of a body system by inserting fine needles into the skin at strategic body sites along lines or channels, called meridians. Acupuncture is highly effective in treating both acute and chronic pain.

Understanding Acupuncture

Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways or meridians. When an obstruction or injury presents, the result can be pain or illness. Fundamentally, Acupuncture is a form of medicine with the purpose of returning the body to a state of balance, or ideal functioning, when the meridians become pathological or sick. Four thousand years before Oriental Medicine was known in the West, the Chinese understood blood circulation, as well as the immune system and internal organs. Historically, Chinese texts describe the entire vascular and muscular systems in detail. Acupuncture is used to influence the health of the entire being and promote the body?s natural healing ability. It is important to acknowledge that Eastern Medicine can effectively converge with Western Medicine.

In addition to serving as preventive medicine, Acupuncture also aids in the healing of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Sufferers of joint and muscle pain, headaches, sciatica and osteoarthritis have responded positively to Acupuncture therapy. Dr. Kunkel?s expertise with using conservative care for Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal disorders has paired well with Acupuncture treatment.

Choosing an Acupuncturist

When choosing an Acupuncture professional, it is important to note that there are different distinctions of practitioners within the state of Illinois. A Licensed Acupuncturist has gone through an extensive 3 year program that includes over 1,200 classroom hours and over 660 hands-on clinic hours. A Licensed Acupuncturist is also required to have 30 hours of continuing medical education to renew their license. Whereas as a non-licensed practitioner such as some MD's, RN's and Chiropractors are allowed to practice Acupuncture with only 100 to 300 classroom hours and no clinic hours. They typically use Acupuncture as a limited adjunctive treatment within their practice.

Licensed Acupuncturists may also become an NCCAOM diplomate designating national board certification which is a mark of excellence among practitioners. Dr. Kunkel has earned the designation of a Licensed Acupuncturist and is also an NCCAOM diplomate.

When presented with a patient's challenging musculoskeletal anomalies, Dr. Kunkel's treatment strategies continue to elicit positive outcomes when Eastern and Western therapies are utilized. Kunkel HealthCare offers a myriad of options and solutions for your current or long standing healthcare needs. Please call Dr. Kunkel to see if Naprapathy or Acupuncture would benefit you.
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