Acupuncture is one major component of Eastern Medicine in which hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body. Acupuncture points are selected based on their ability to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms through the physiological response to the insertion of the acupuncture needle. The needle insertion stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals into the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. Acupuncture can be used to enhance immunity and to support both physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Most patients do not feel the needle insertion and find acupuncture deeply relaxing and often fall asleep.
While acupuncture can be extremely helpful for many conditions, we have found that, in our experience, it will not work nearly as well as when it is combined with nutritional therapy. Thus, we will typically combine these therapies to treat the whole system and achieve best results for the patient.