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What are the Benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works without drugs or chemicals. It has no known side effects, and is safe and comfortable for almost everyone. A small pin-prick or a slight tingling sensation may be felt, and typically the needles are inserted about one quarter of an inch in depth. Needles rarely cause bleeding on entry or removal and only sterilized, disposable, needles are used to eliminate the possibility of infection. Treatments last between twenty and forty minutes and the number of treatments depends upon the nature of your illness, its severity and duration. Some patients may respond favorably after one treatment but usually one or more series of five treatments are optimal , and on-going re-evaluation is a unique feature of treatment.
Acupuncture is very cost-effective. It treats illness by bringing the body's energy back into balance so the body can ultimately heal itself. Diagnosis is made after assessing all the vital activities: physical, mental, spiritual and emotional,; and with regular wellness treatments , about four times a year at the change os seasons, illnesses can be prevented before they become serious. Insurance companies throughout the United States now cover acupuncture.

Research has shown that acupuncture releases endorphins that can block the pain response associated with arthritis and sports injuries. It increases the circulation of oxygen and blood and provides needed nutrients to nerves and muscles to begin healing. Acupuncture can normalize bodily processes, increase cell growth and regeneration and influence the hormonal system. Endorphins, released through acupuncture, not only calm the nervous system and relax the whole body, but they regulate serotonin levels in the brain which affect our moods. This is why anxiety and depression can be treated by acupuncture.

Acupuncture strengthens the immune system and has an anti- inflammatory effect on cells and tissues. This may be why it works well on allergies and chronic fatigue. Acupuncture treatments may also include a variety of non-needle techniques such as heat treatment, called moxibustion, and acupressure . Chinese herbal formulas have tremendous healing potential. and since their properties and combinations have been researched and used for hundreds of years, there is little chance for side effects, and prescriptions are custom-made for your particular condition.

Other modalities used may include Tuina, a type of manipulative massage, and Tai Chi , Asian medicine's unique form of physical therapy. Aromatherapy is also used because the fragrance of the essential oils is known to enhance the calming and therapeutic effects of treatment. Nutritional consultation and non-surgical facelift treatments are also available that use acupressure, needles, or a combination of both.

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