Eastern Medicine

What is Acupuncture?

As an acupuncturist, Dr. Kokayi is a pioneer in this holistic eastern form of treatment. Dr Kokayi wrote his medical school thesis on acupuncture and physics in 1980. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles, as most of us know. But, did you know that where the needles are placed, called acupuncture points, or “acupoints,” for short, are critical gateways that handle the flow of energy and healing in our bodies?

Ancient Tradition

Acupuncture therapy is an ancient tradition that established the concept that we all have Qi, or the “life force,” a flow of energy and blood that must move freely throughout the body for us to be healthy. Disease, illness and discomfort happens when the Qi is blocked at any of the acupoints, or what some acupuncturists refer to as “meridians.” Another variety of acupuncture, known as auricular acupuncture, involves needle stimulation via acupuncture in ear.

This proven ancient practice has been brought up to date by the modern medical community thanks to the extensive education and training now required to practice it. In addition, the advancements made in medical tools and diagnostic equipment has brought acupuncture into mainstream use. The success of the acupuncture therapy, however, is the real reason that acupuncture has grown in popularity, especially in the last decade.

How Does Dr. Kokayi Use Acupuncture treatments?

While there is still much scientific research that needs to be done, most medical practitioners agree that the benefits of acupuncture are a result of the stimulation it provides to your nervous system. This stimulation of pathways elicits a biochemical response, most likely related to a release of neural hormones.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

While acupuncture doesn’t directly release endorphins, the feel-good hormone known to combat `disease, it works higher up in your system, impacting your pituitary gland. This has led the medical community to explore the use of acupuncture for anxiety and issues like pregnancy, migraines, weight loss, and autoimmune disorders.

While further scientific research is needed, acupuncture treatments can also help with chemical imbalances that can cause anxiety, depression, pain in the muscles or joints, infertility, and can help bolster your immune system.

The results of acupuncture can include a marked decrease in inflammation, a reduction in the sensation of pain, and an uptick in the amount of time it takes to heal. Acupuncture has become and extremely important aspect in achieving optimum health, especially for chronic conditions.

Acupuncture is great for musculoskeletal conditions like fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, or back pain. Because it works through the nervous system, acupuncture is also known to speed up nerve regeneration, which is useful for rehabilitation after a stroke or to improve healing after an injury that involves nerve damage.

Additional research shows that acupuncture is also effective when addressing infertility issues and can help reduce pain and nausea after chemotherapy. It is also used often to treat those suffering from asthma related to allergies. It can also be extremely helpful when suffering from migraines. Acupuncture is also used to treat insomnia and sleep disruption, stomach and digestive problems, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, and circulatory issues.

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Dr. Kokayi served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Downstate Medical Center where he supervised an acupuncture clinic for substance abuse over a 16 year period. He was Medical Director at the Olive Leaf Wholeness Center where he orchestrated a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of those exposed to ground zero.

Dr. Kokayi considers acupuncture an important alternative treatment, believing it to be a holistic form of preventative medicine as well. Acupuncture works to strengthen your overall constitution, will increase your energy levels and can be used to promote your overall wellness and health, so you won’t experience illness as often.

Acupuncture is a powerful health and healing tool in the hands of an experienced practitioner like Dr. Kokayi. He has taught and lectured around the U.S. and Europe about this important practice and is dedicated to using what he knows to keep you healthy.

At Healing Health Services acupuncture is a beneficial treatment option offered as an alternative therapy, or if necessary, as a complement conventional medical treatment. If you are suffering from pain, discomfort or illness, either chronic or acute, make an appointment with Dr. Kamau Kokayi today to discuss the benefits of acupuncture and integrative medicine today.

Learn more about how Dr. Kamau Kokayi uses acupuncture and homeopathy in his practice.