Acupuncture Acupuncture is a treatment that has been used dating back to ancient times. It has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for correcting imbalances in the flow of “qi” through the meridians of the body. In other words, it opens channels in the body that will allow it to perform and function better, ultimately helping you to achieve optimum health. We now know that using these needles also helps to stimulate nerves, increase blood flow, and relieve tension. Dr. Noah Edvalson uses acupuncture to help many complicated cases and is impressed with consistent results in patients with anything from infertility to fibromyalgia. As you can see from the image, the needles are tiny, so the entire process is quite comfortable. What is Acupuncture? What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is performed on specific sites of the body with stainless steel needles that are thrown away after using them to prevent contamination. Much the same way phlebotomists discard the needle used on you after drawing blood, only acupuncture needles are much smaller than hypodermic needles used to draw blood. The skin is first sterilized to prevent any risk of infection, after which the needle is inserted into specific points. Most patients only note a slight sting upon insertion of the needle and many don’t feel any discomfort at all. You are in good hands with Dr. Edvalson who has completed post-graduate training with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and has achieved Fellow status. Your health is always on our minds and we strive to bring you the very best in available treatments. What can Acupuncture help with? What can Acupuncture help with? According to the World Health Organization, this form of treatment has been found to be helpful with conditions like: *Adverse reactions to chemotherapy or other radiotherapies. *Allergies (such as runny nose symptoms from hay fever) *Biliary colic *Depression (many different types including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) *Dysentery, acute bacillary *Dysmenorrhoea, primary *Epigastraglia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) *Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) *Headaches *Hypertension, essential *Hypotension, primary *Knee pain *Leukopenia *Low back pain *Malposition of fetus, correction of *Morning sickness *Nausea and vomiting *Neck Pain *Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) *Periarthritis of shoulder *Postoperative pain *Renal colic *Rheumatoid arthritis *Sciatica *Sprain *Stroke *Tennis elbow *And many more! Success Stories using Acupuncture Success Stories using Acupuncture "I started having contractions the Sunday night after I had acupuncture. I had an appointment with the doctor the following Monday and he said I had significantly progressed since the week prior and I no longer needed to have a C section. I ended up having a VBAC on 12/10. The labor went well and the recovery was much easier than a C-section. She is perfect! Thank you for the acupuncture. I'm so glad I did it. It was really important for me to have a 'natural' birth." ~ J. S. 33yo, Boise, ID. Medical Research about Acupuncture Medical Research about Acupuncture Acupuncture and its role in reducing miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy when used in conjunction with IVF Additional Info about Acupuncture at the ICIM Additional Info about Acupuncture at the ICIM Our office does accept insurance; and since more and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture, we recommend you call your insurance provider to see if your plan covers acupuncture. Make sure to tell them that it is going to be performed by a doctor, as this will affect your ability to have this service covered. If they ask what codes are billed, you can give them the following: 97810, 97811, 97813, and 97814. In addition, you may call our office to see if we can help verify your benefits.