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What is acupuncture most effective for?

Since acupuncture is based on different principles than Western medicine, it is especially effective for pain and health problems that resist standard treatment. Those with stubborn back, neck and shoulder pain usually get immediate relief, as do patients suffering from stress, anxiety, insomnia, neuropathy and numbness, headaches, sports injuries and many more. People recovering from strokes will often see significant improvement in their affected limbs and reduction in spasticity. Acupuncture greatly enhances fertility. It is also very effective for morning sickness and other types of nausea. People with joint problems including carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ problems and arthritis will usually feel better after their first visit. The relief tends to be long-lasting, as acupuncture gets to the root of the problem and brings a deep level of healing.


What would my doctor say?

In the past few years, mainstream medicine has embraced acupuncture in a big way. At the forefront of this trend is the Harvard School of Medicine whose teaching hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute,  now employs acupuncturists and routinely refers cancer patients for acupuncture to treat a host of ills. Here is an example of the many enthusiastic medical journal articles the Harvard School of Medicine has published on the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture.


Can just anyone practice acupuncture?

Only physicians and acupuncturists licensed by the State of Illinois may practice acupuncture in this state.


Do the needles hurt?

Actually, no! Modern acupuncture needles are as fine as a human hair and so skillfully engineered that most people don’t even feel them.


How does acupuncture work?

It is widely known that people use only a small percentage of their potential brainpower. By the same token, the body has enormous reserves of healing potential that go untapped. Acupuncture unleashes that healing power by freeing blocked chi circulation, and by directing it to specific areas of the body that need it.


What is community acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture represents a return to the traditional treatment approach used in Asia, where acupuncture is inexpensive and readily available to all. At Libertyville Acupuncture, patients are treated in comfortable recliners and remain fully clothed while needles are applied to the forearms and lower legs. This treatment approach makes acupuncture affordable, accessible, and effective.


What can I expect?
Most patients feel better after the first treatment, although usually a series of treatments are necessary for problems to resolve completely and improvements to hold long-term. The whole idea of Community Acupuncture is to make it easily affordable for patients to get as many treatments as necessary.

What is “dry needling?”  How does it differ from acupuncture, and do you do it?
Dry needling is a form of acupuncture that releases trigger points – “micro-knots” in muscle that can cause referred pain in the surrounding area.  Trigger points were discovered by Dr. Janet Travell, who was John F. Kennedy’s personal physician.  There are many ways of releasing trigger points but dry needling is by far the most effective.  I am trained in dry needling, and often use it to resolve pain when Chinese-style acupuncture is not working.

How should I schedule my appointments?

If there is a time of day that works best for your appointments, it’s best to schedule several visits in advance to hold your ideal appointment times. If you need to cancel appointments, please give at least 4 hours advance notice so that we may give that time to other patients. We ask that you reschedule promptly so that a long absence does not interrupt the rhythm of your care.


Do you have any recommendations for before and after my visits?

It’s good to have a meal within a couple of hours before your visits, or at least a snack on the way to the clinic. Additionally, we suggest refraining from intense physical activity or alcohol for 4 hours after each visit. Wear loose pants that come above your knees comfortably, as this style of acupuncture tends to utilize points on the forearms and lower legs.


Why are patients treated in recliners?

Most patients find recliners far more comfortable and relaxing than massage tables. We do have a massage table for those who need to lie flat.


What about privacy?

Patient privacy is a top priority; on your first visit and whenever necessary, your health history will be discussed in a separate room.


How will you treat my back pain if my back is not accessible when I’m seated face up?

When treating pain it is always better to avoid going into the inflamed or injured area. Ancient Chinese practitioners mapped energy pathways throughout the body and passed their knowledge down to us. From a distant access point, we can direct the flow of chi directly to your area of discomfort or distress.

On each meridian the five most powerful points (the “shu points”) are located on the forearms or lower legs. The most famous acupuncturist in recent history, Master Tung, relied heavily on these “distal points.” We practice this method too.


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Libertyville Acupuncture

737 N. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048


In Liberty Square, behind the old Caribou Coffee, next to the train station