Acupuncture brings health care full circle. It is effective as a healing tool, helping to alleviate headaches, migraines and chronic pain in the back, knee and neck, decrease arthritis discomfort and treat insomnia. It is also a method to maintain a healthy balance by preventing cognitive decline, expedite cancer and chemotherapy recovery and boost pregnancy, labor and postpartum health.
At Holgistic, our acupuncturist works closely with physicians to offer this time-honored Eastern medicine approach. Working together, they design a plan to stimulate certain points on the body. This is done with thin needles that penetrate the skin. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians, through which vital energy runs. This energy is known as “qi” or “chi.”
Typically, an acupuncturist will examine the patient and assess their condition, insert one or more thin, sterile needles and offer advice on self- care or other complementary therapies, such as Chinese herbs. After the needle is inserted, there is occasionally a dull ache at the base of the needle that subsides.
Acupuncture is relatively painless. Sometimes, needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion. Needles stay in place for five to 30 minutes.The number of treatments depends on the individual. A person with a chronic condition may need one to two treatments a week over several months. An acute problem normally improves after eight to 12 sessions.
Acupuncture vs Botox: Acupuncture, along with facial cupping and gua sha helps stimulate collagen production, rid the body of free radicals which damage the skin and increase blood flow to the face. The more blood moving to the face, the more oxygen that goes with it thereby nourishing the skin cells from the inside out. The needles create a micro trauma, similar to whole body acupuncture which stimulates an immune, circulatory, and nervous system response. Cosmetic acupuncture does decrease fine lines and wrinkles without paralyzing the facial muscles. Cosmetic acupuncture typically takes 10 sessions, majority of people notice change by session 3 or 4.
Acupuncture for Addiction: The NADA “National Acupuncture Detoxification Association” protocol was developed by a neurologist, Nogier, who created a systemized map correlating the ear to the rest of the body. His protocol allows for Licensed acupuncturists to stimulate ear points and effect change in the area of the body which is represented in the ear. NADA is a 5-point protocol developed to help any type of addiction or overindulgence.