Medical Acupuncture

Mango Medical

Podiatrists & Primary Care Practice located in Kamuela, HI

If you’re suffering from an acute or chronic condition, and traditional medicine isn’t cutting it, give medical acupuncture a try. At Mango Medical, located in Kamuela, Hawaii, Russell Parker, DO, provides medical acupuncture for wellness and pain management. To learn more, contact Mango Medical over the phone today.

Medical Acupuncture Q & A

What is medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is a treatment derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Its goal is to jumpstart the body’s natural healing process and improve its function.

During a medical acupuncture session at Mango Medical, Dr. Parker places needles at specific acupuncture points. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body has energy channels that run through the body like rivers, called meridians.

The traditional belief is that their movement could become obstructed, blocking energy from flowing to and from the tissues. Acupuncture unblocks these channels.

Today, doctors believe that acupuncture works by prompting the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spine, and muscles. These chemicals either change the way you feel pain, or they stimulate the release of hormones and other chemicals that regulate the system.

What can medical acupuncture treat?

Medical acupuncture has the potential to treat a wide range of illnesses and ailments throughout the body. The World Health Organization recommends interested patients try acupuncture for conditions including:

Bronchopulmonary diseases

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Acute bronchitis

Eye disorders

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Myopia
  • Cataracts without complications
  • Central retinitis

Respiratory diseases

  • Acute rhinitis
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Common cold

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Periarthritis humeroscapularis
  • Tennis elbow

Gum, tooth, and mouth cavity disorders

  • Toothache
  • Gingivitis
  • Pain from tooth extraction
  • Pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal disorders


  • Spasm of the esophagus and upper opening of the stomach
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacterial dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Intestinal obstruction due to inactive muscles

Neurological conditions

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Chronic pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Facial paralysis
  • Paralysis after a stroke or brain hemorrhage
  • Neurogenic bladder impairment
  • Involuntary adult nighttime bedwetting
  • Chest wall pain

Note that, depending on your body and on the severity of your condition, medical acupuncture may or may not work for you. To find out if you’re a candidate, book an appointment with Dr. Parker at Mango Medical.

What is the difference between traditional acupuncture and medical acupuncture?

Regular acupuncture and medical acupuncture are almost the same thing. The main difference between the two is who practices them. You can only practice medical acupuncture if you’re a medical doctor who has received specialty training and licensing in medical acupuncture.

Dr. Parker has successfully treated patients with a wide range of ailments. If you’re ready to give acupuncture a try, put yourself in the capable hands of Dr. Parker, who has 20 years of experience in medical acupuncture. Schedule your appointment with Mango Medical online or over the phone.