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Acupuncture is the ancient practice of placing very thin needles along pathways (meridians), containing acupuncture points. Each point activates specific areas of the body. It naturally triggers the body to heal by stimulating the brain to release chemicals produced by the body.
Herbs were commonly used before western pharmaceuticals were introduced. Treating and preventing medical conditions with herbs is naturally safe, when suggested and managed by a licensed healthcare professional. Not all patients require herbals but, if necessary we have a complete selection available.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of complimentary medicine which a therapist puts special cups on the body for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, improved blood flow, relaxation, release of muscularly tight areas and a sense of well-being.
Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged instrument. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil and commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon is used, as well as other specialty made instruments. It produces the same results as cupping only over a broader surface area.
We understand it may be difficult to take the first steps in your own recovery. It can be intimidating to consider acupuncture. Most of us have never had the opportunity to experience or even learn about acupuncture. Often our only contact with a needle is a hypodermic needle, these are very different. Don't hesitate to contact us with questions. We expect you will have a few. This section will answer some of the most common questions we receive. Please call with questions regarding your specific health needs.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture achieves the desired results by stimulating specific points with very fine thin needles near or on the surface of the skin. Using what is called acupuncture points - that have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. Because acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, inserting needles at these points stimulates the body naturally. This in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones (thought to be some 200 times more potent than morphine). Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating many conditions. The substances released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.
Will it hurt?
Most patients report a slight pinch to no discomfort at all during insertion. Once the needle is placed most report not even noticing the needles.
How often will I need to have treatments?
This varies from person to person. Normally patients will attend weekly sessions at first. Typically within 4-6 sessions we will know if acupuncture is going to work. In rare occasions multiple treatments are needed within the same week.
Are the needles sterile?
Each patient is treated with clean, single use pre-sterilized needles.
Are there any risks?
There can be slight bruising at the insertion site. Itching at site insertion, typically short lived. Sometimes patients report feeling light headed, a little nausea (rare), slight bleeding. Acupuncture overall is a safe and effective complementary therapy.
Can I have acupuncture if I am being treated with traditional medicine?
Yes, Acupuncture can be used effectively while receiving other traditional therapies.
Do you accept insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance. If your insurance covers acupuncture was can send you with the appropriate paperwork to be filed by the patient. Payment is expected at the time of services.
Can I use my HSA card?
Yes, most HSA cards allow for payment of Acupuncture Services.
Who can practice Acupuncture in Indiana?
Several groups can practice under Indiana law. Know who is treating you. Licensed Acupuncturist with NCCAOM Board certification have the most training, and are traditionally trained 3,000-4,000 hours over a 4 year period, and are required to have continuing education. They distinguish themselves with the "L.Ac." designation. Others may practice but training ranges from 200-400 hours of training. L.Ac. are required to be board certified (check for a boarded acupuncturists at nccaom.org). Others must call themselves 'Acupuncturist" and often times have little training and attach the designation to an existing license. If it all seems a bit confusing just simply call and we can explain.
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