Acupuncture Medicine

Acupuncture is a medical treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Thin needles are inserted into different points on the skin stimulating nerves, muscles, and connective tissue to help regulate the flow of energy and help the body come back into balance. Studies have suggested that it can ameliorate acute and chronic pain, stress and anxiety, and tobacco/substance dependence.

The World Health Organization stated that acupuncture can be helpful for: 

Acute sinusitis/rhinitis
Common cold 
Acute tonsillitis
Bronchopulmonary Diseases 
Acute bronchitis 
Bronchial asthma
Eye Disorders 
Cataract (without complications) Myopia 
Central retinitis
Disorders of the Mouth Cavity 
Orthopedic Disorders 
Sciatica, Low back pain 
Rheumatoid arthritis
Gastrointestinal Disorders 

Acute and chronic gastritis 

Acute and chronic colitis 
Constipation, Diarrhea 
Paralytic ileus
Neurologic Disorders 
Trigeminal neuralgia 
Facial paralysis 
Peripheral neuropathy 
Meniere's syndrome 
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction 
Nocturnal enuresis 
Intercostal neuralgia


How does it work?

The scientific explanation is that the needles inserted at appropriate points stimulate the nervous system to release chemical and hormones that affect the body's internal regulating system.

How many treatments do you need?

This differs from person to person. For more chronic complex condition 1-2 weekly treatments spread over months may be required. Acute issues may require fewer visits. For health maintenance annual to quarterly visits may be all that is needed.

Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture close up

Do the needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are extremely thin. Most patients only feel mild discomfort while the needles are being inserted; many feel no pain at all. 


Meet our Physician Acupuncturist

Audrey Le, MD

Dr. Le received her MD from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2002 and has been practicing medicine for over a decade. After seeing all the benefits that acupuncture can offer patients, she completed an additional certification in medical acupuncture and dry needling and is among a small group of licensed physician acupuncturists in Louisiana and practices within our wellness center.