Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing therapy used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It is accomplished through the gentle and strategic insertion of tiny micro needles in the skin. Most individuals report acupuncture as not only beneficial to their health but relaxing, too, as it is often administered in a calm, welcoming environment with soft music playing in the background. The results? Healing and recovery for the body, mind and soul!
Acupuncture balances the flow of energy or life force—known as chi or qi (chee). It is believed to flow through pathways or meridians in your body. When the needles are inserted along the meridians, your energy flow is renewed and balanced. With this technique, you're able to heal from the inside and experience improvement in your emotional and mental health, as well as your physical health.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
Acupuncture is typically used as a complementary treatment for pain and other wellness needs, including but not limited to:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Cancer Management
- Poor Sleeping Habits
- Digestive Problems
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Osteoarthritis/Knee Pain
Studies have shown the positive effects acupuncture can have on an individual's well-being. For example, a study completed by Georgetown University found acupuncture reduces the levels of a protein linked to chronic stress. The American Migraine Foundation also reports the “frequency of headaches are dropped by 50 percent or more in up to 59 percent of individuals receiving acupuncture and this effect can persist for more than six months.”
An acupuncture appointment doesn’t require too much prep. The American Institute of Alternative Medicine recommends clearing your schedule of stressful activities before and after your appointment to ensure you remain relaxed and can enjoy the most positive experience. Make a list of all your current medications, supplements, and herbs to bring with you. Eat a snack approximately two hours prior, and avoid stimulants such as coffee. Dress in loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.
Acupuncture balances the flow of energy or life force—known as chi or qi (chee)
Your initial appointment may include an evaluation and a treatment—which could take about 60 minutes. Your acupuncturist will explain what areas will be targeted, and outline a treatment plan.
The procedure may vary, depending on the style of the acupuncturist, and whether they use an Eastern or Western approach, or a blend of the two. The tiny needles will be inserted at strategic points around your body at various depths. Because these are so small, most patients generally don’t feel them inserted; some may experience a mild, temporary ache. A practitioner may insert anywhere from five to 20 needles, depending on the condition being treated.
Patients are encouraged to be still and enjoy relaxing music for about 10 to 20 minutes.
Chinese Herbs in Acupuncture Treatment
The energetic classification of herbs is a science that has been refined over the last 3,000 years and relied upon for the healing of ailments. The focus of herbalism is to support the body’s self-healing ability. Herbs nourish us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. When we take herbs, the essence enters the acupuncture meridian and adjusts the vital flow of energy in the body. Herbs are strong foods, so by eating them we enrich ourselves with a vast array of nutrients.
By blending the healing properties of both acupuncture and Chinese herbs, you can achieve a greater piece of mind and quality of life.
Acupuncture at Northport Wellness Center
Northport Wellness Center’s Jason J. Kolbe is a New York State-licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing for more than 15 years. Kolbe received a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from the New York College of Health Professions, and is a Diplomat of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. An experienced practitioner, Kolbe helps patients take advantage of this technique’s many benefits, while restoring and maintaining balance of their body, mind, and soul.