Try Acupuncture This Summer by Grace Calihan ND, LAc

Acupuncture needles on the back of a beautiful womanAcupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that promotes the natural self-healing of the body.  With acupuncture, we can treat anxiety, stress, fatigue, aches and pains, difficulty losing weight and gastrointestinal concerns.

Stress and anxiety are the most common symptoms I treat with acupuncture.  The effectiveness of acupuncture has been determined by multiple studies.  A study in 2010 found acupuncture to be similarly effective to drugs in the treatment of acute stress and anxiety.  Other studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can improve the balance of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that make us feel calm and relaxed.

At this point, it is generally accepted that acupuncture can play a large role in pain relief.  Studies released in 2009 show acupuncture as effective as migraine medication for the treatment of migraine headaches.  Multiple studies have established acupuncture as superior to conventional treatment for chronic low back pain.  Tennis elbow, knee pain, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia pain and more have all been treated using acupuncture with documented success.

Regarding weight loss, acupuncture can play a great assistive role.  In a study published last year, by balancing neurotransmitters to reduce cravings and by increasing metabolic function, acupuncture was shown to decrease weight by 6% in just 4 weeks!

We are currently running a special on acupuncture sessions. Prepay for 5 or more visits and get 20% off the total.  

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Does it hurt?

No one has ever walked out of my office saying “That really hurt!” –some people can feel the needles being inserted and others can’t.  I’ve heard the sensation compared to a bug bite.  If any pain of discomfort occurs, the needle is immediately removed.

How big are the needles?

The needles are about the size of a thick strand of hair.

How deep do the needles go?

The needles penetrate the skin anywhere from 1/8 inch to 1 inch.

How long does it last?

Most acupuncture sessions at Springs Natural Medicine last 20-30 minutes.  Effects from acupuncture can last from days to weeks.

Are there side effects?

Some people feel a little dizzy immediately after their appointment, and other report a relaxed or even tired sensation for the remainder or their day.  With extra water intake, this rarely persists.

What should I wear?

You stay fully clothed during an acupuncture session, but wearing “work-out” clothing is best so the lower legs and arms are exposed.  You will remove your shoes and socks.

How often should I come?

This depends on the condition being treated, but generally weekly sessions are best to stimulate qi flow and resolve symptoms.

I have more questions….

Please be in touch with me directly if you have questions about acupuncture or how acupuncture can benefit you this summer:

Looking forward to working with you!