If you’re looking to find relief from back, neck, and knee pain without the use of medications, acupuncture might be the answer for you. At Janaki Kanumilli, MD Family Practice & Aesthetics, Dr. Kanumilli offers medical acupuncture treatment at two convenient locations in Forest Hills and Floral Park, both in the Queens neighborhood of New York City. To learn more about this safe alternative grounded in science, call Janaki Kanumilli, MD Family Practice & Aesthetics or schedule your appointment online today.
Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. This treatment uses very fine needles to stimulate your body’s natural painkillers to relieve pain and discomfort.
During acupuncture, Dr. Kanumilli inserts needles into specific points of your body to relieve your symptoms. Acupuncture points are located all over your body, and sometimes the spot where the needle is inserted to treat your pain is far away from the area of your discomfort.
In traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners believe this balances the flow of your body’s energy. In Western practice, it’s believed the needles are stimulating connective tissue, muscles, and nerves.
Acupuncture is a versatile therapy that Dr. Kanumilli uses to treat several conditions, including:
Overall wellness, mood and depressive disorders, and stress management can also benefit from acupuncture treatments.
Dr. Kanumilli is certified in medical acupuncture and performs the treatment under safe and sterile conditions. You might need to wear a gown or sheet during your treatment so Dr. Kanumilli can locate the acupuncture points on your body.
Your specific treatment will depend on your symptoms, condition, and lifestyle. During your initial evaluation, Dr. Kanumilli might examine your pulse, the health of your face, and the condition of your tongue.
When Dr. Kanumilli inserts the acupuncture needles, you might feel a slight prick, though this isn’t typical. Five to 20 needles are inserted at various depths during a single session, and Dr. Kanumilli might twirl them gently or add mild stimulation through electrical pulses or heat.
Once the needles are in place, they remain for 10-30 minutes while you relax. Most people find this soothing, and there's no pain when Dr. Kanumilli removes the needles. Following your treatment, you might feel either energized or relaxed.
The results of acupuncture vary from person to person, and also depending on your condition. Chronic conditions might need regular treatments weekly over several months, while acute conditions usually improve with six to 12 treatments.
If you respond to acupuncture, your symptoms typically begin to improve within a few weeks. Acupuncture has few side effects and is safe to use with other treatments.
To learn more about acupuncture as a natural pain reliever, call Janaki Kanumilli, MD Family Practice & Aesthetics or schedule your appointment online today.