What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is ancient therapy that jumpstarts your body’s innate abilities to heal itself. The pins do this by moving energy along specific pre-mapped pathways to seek out, and then ignite the right chemicals to do their healing job. This 3,000 year-old-therapy is performed using sterile, single-use, hair-thin needles. They are inserted on the body to shift chemistry and clear inflammation in order to enhance circulation. By releasing endorphins and other chemicals, an acupuncturist induces the body to remember what true relaxation is, and help with sleep.
How Exactly Does Acupuncture Help With Sleep?
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists 40 conditions for which acupuncture is an effective treatment. Since our focus is on sleep enhancement, it is these conditions that impact sleep which acupuncture has been shown to help with:
Insomnia (Inability to get to sleep, stay asleep or sleep in a way that brings nourishment to the body and mind)
Pain: Neck, shoulder, back, leg—any kind of pain that impedes a person’s sleep or wakes them up is fair game.
Anxiety: Many people with insomnia also have anxiety. We treat that with acupuncture alone, or in tandem with other therapies.
Depression: Depending on whether it is chronic or situational, it may take longer to see real change, but depression is treatable.
Digestive Issues: Someone once said acupuncture treats Belly, Brain and Pain. The belly part of the equation refers to its success with everything from GERD, to Reflux, constipation and diarrhea.
Stress: This may be the most talked about but under-treated modality. Left untreated it can cause huge damage from heart problems to extreme depression, and everything in between.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Under a board certified acupuncturist, it is very safe. Our training is rigorous, with over 3,000 hours of education and training plus a certification in Clean Needle Technique (CNT). We use only single-use, sterile acupuncture needles, which are FDA regulated.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture pins bear no resemblance to the kind of needles used during an injection. They are roughly the diameter of a hair and (when seen through a microscope) rounded at the end. Most people experience a sense of deep relaxation, and may even fall asleep during treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
I typically give the patient a framework during the initial diagnosis. Generally, I expect a change within 5 to 6 treatments, at the end of which your progress is evaluated. You should see a difference by 6 treatments, but chronic issues can take much longer. If you’ve been struggling with an issue for ten years it could take significantly longer to see a major shift take place. Our goal is always for you to experience a real change for the better.