What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Heath Organization (WHO) to be effective in a wide variety of medical conditions.

We treat everything except emergency medicine at South Philly Community Acupuncture. Our practitioners are fully trained to understand the root and branch of diseases and how they affect the whole person. 

Acupuncture and TCM services help to increase energy, calm the nervous system, reduce pain and regulate the body's natural ability to heal itself. By selecting appropriate points, the acupuncturist uses needle therapy to send a message to the body to function more optimally. For these reasons, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating so many problems.

What does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating the following conditions:

Addiction (alcohol, drug, smoking), Anxiety, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Colitis, Common Cold, Constipation, Depression, Diarrhea, Digestive Trouble, Dizziness, Dysentery, Emotional Problems, Eye Problems, Facial Paralysis, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Gingivitis, Headache, Hiccough, Incontinence, Indigestion, Infertility, Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Low Back Pain, Menopause, Menstrual Irregularities, Migraine, Morning Sickness, Nausea, Osteoarthritis, Pain, PMS, Pneumonia, Reproductive Problems, Rhinitis, Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Sinusitis, Sleep Disturbances, Sore Throat, Stress, Tennis Elbow, Tooth Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Urinary Tract Infections, Vomiting and Wrist Pain.

Acupuncture is also supportive for mom and baby, as it can help with a healthier and safer birth. We have the experience and wisdom to help with the common conditions associated with pregnancy.

how often should i get acupuncture?

Acupuncture care is a process, as each treatment builds off of the last one. For acute conditions, you may only need to come 1 to 4 times. For more chronic conditions, you may need to come 8 to 12 times. It is important to keep treatments close together and we highly recommend coming twice a week for the first 2 to 3 weeks. After that, we generally recommend coming weekly, then monthly, then on a seasonal basis for maintenance. We want you to feel empowered to choose a healthcare plan that feels right for you.

what are the needles like?

The needles are flexible, stainless steel filaments that are only used one time. They are very thin. We use only disposable acupuncture needles.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Some people may experience a minor discomfort lasting only a few seconds, but most people feel nothing.