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Acupuncture

OM theory

Acupuncture is the use of small needles to stimulate acupuncture points along surface meridian pathways in the body.

Inserting and retaining needles facilitates Qi circulation in the meridians that connect different parts of your body in complex ways and allow your body to come back into a state of equilibrium, thus resolving disease.

 

Scientific research

Attempts to explain acupuncture in a western scientific paradigm have revealed that acupuncture may work by stimulating the hypothalamus (your body’s “control center”) to regulate hormones and biochemical reactions in your body.

In other words via this viewpoint, acupuncture treats disease by influencing the internal regulating systems of your body.

For example, acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins (the neurotransmitter that is associated with “runner’s high”) and other related biochemicals to modulate pain.

 

NIH and WHO Approved

In 1997, the National Institutes of Health endorsed acupuncture in their statement, “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.”

In 2003, the World Health Organization formally publicized that acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment.

 

hypodermic needles vs acupuncture needlesThe Needles

We only use sterile one-time-use disposable acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture needles are not the same as hypodermic needles, the needles used to give shots or draw blood.

Did you know the average hypodermic needle can hold 40 acupuncture needles in its hollow?  Most acupuncture needles are even thinner than a strand of your hair.

In fact, many of our patients have remarked not even feeling the needle being inserted and often fall asleep during treatments.

Learn more about acupuncture needles here.

 

Photo used courtesy of Acupuncture-Treatment.com.

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Praise

Lizzy has been giving me treatments for a few years now, mostly for sleep problems and painful stomach migraines.  After trying western medicine for each (sleep pills, supplements,  going to the doctor for help…) Lizzy was able to give me treatments that actually  WORKED.  She has excellent technique, and you can really tell she cares about each of her patients.  I can definitely see how she managed to graduate at the top of her acupuncture class.
David, 26