Acupuncture, an ancient method to treat the ill created thousands of years ago by the Chinese, is a viable way to treat chronic disease and pain.
Ning Qian, a graduate of the Nanjing Traditional Medical University in China, practiced in China for 16 years before moving to the U.S. in 1994. She is approved by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Acupuncture Permit No. AC00091).
“The World Health Organization recognizes 47 kinds of diseases that can be treated with acupuncture, including migraine and tension headaches, neurological ailments, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, paralysis, asthma, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, hypertension, menstrual cramps, and infertility,” says Ning. “In China, acupuncture is used on more than 200 conditions.”
Ning also treats stress, depression, arthritis, sciatica, back/neck pain, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, allergies, tennis elbow, and sports-related injuries.
The body has 360 major acupoints, or areas where the needles are placed, which run along 14 main channels. When the needle is placed into the acupoint, Ning says, it allows blood and energy to flow into the area. Slight voltage is applied to the needle to make it pulsate, which increases the treatment’s effectiveness. Generally, there is minimal sensation, which varies according to the body’s constitution and the nature of the ailment or pain.
Needles are not placed in one specific area where there is pain, Ning says. For example, if a client has pain in his right shoulder, it’s not unusual to place needles into the calf on the right leg, since the main channels continue down that area of the body.
The majority of clients come in for treatment of pain. Many seek a remedy for sinus conditions. Others try acupuncture to quit smoking, lose weight or fight headaches.
“A lot of people are seeking a natural treatment in order to reduce the number of medications they take,” Ning says.
Research shows that many health problems are treatable with acupuncture, achieving successful results without drugs. Ning stresses, however, that it’s important acupuncture be performed by a trained practitioner.
In compliance with federal health standards, China Acupuncture Clinic uses only single-use, sterile, disposal needles of surgical-grade steel during each treatment.
In combination with acupuncture, Ning also recommends Chinese herbs to help enhance the results of the treatments. These natural remedies are used to combat problems from PMS, allergies, and fatigue to eczema, cold and flu symptoms, and sciatica.
Call China Acupuncture Clinic at (806) 796-2969 for an appointment. Ning Qian’s office is located at 2315 50th St., Suite C-D. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Acupuncture is covered under many insurance plans, such as United Healthcare, Cigna, BlueCross/BlueShield Federal Government Employee Program, and more. The clinic accepts workers’ compensation.