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Acupuncture

Dr. Marian utilizes acupuncture in her practice.  Acupuncture is the technique of inserting thin sterile (one time use) needles into the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and other symptoms. It is a type of complementary alternative medicine.

The three main objectives of acupuncture treatment are:

  • Relieve pain and other symptoms.
  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Balance, harmonize, and integrate functions of the organs with each other for a unified, healthy person.

A typical acupuncture needle is thin and flexible. They are no bigger around than a piece of thread or hair. Insertion of these needles produce little or no pain. The needles are sterile and safe. Pre-sterilized acupuncture needles are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in sterilized containers to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

The practice of acupuncture was developed by the Chinese 3000-5000 years ago.   The Chinese found that placing a sharpened stone tipped object at certain locations in the body produced certain health effects.  Eventually metal needles replaced the stone ones.  Basically, acupuncture was found using “trial and error” method.

What can acupuncture be used for? Acupuncture can be used to treat the common cold, increase energy/vitality, reduce pain, stop addictions like smoking, reverse aging process and even reduce facial wrinkles (acupuncture face lift).

How effective is acupuncture and how long does it take to work? Like any natural/holistic treatment, it takes longer to see the effects but the effects occur at less risk and last longer.

How/why does Acupuncture work? Through advanced imaging techniques like: MRI’s, PET scans, and other  imaging using radionuclide tracers, evidence shows that placing a conductive/metal object in a remote part of the body causes bio-chemical electrical activity to occur.  These remote bio-chemical-electrical mechanisms cause physiological actions to act at the brain and internal organ level. Advanced imaging is proving that acupuncture is NOT “witchcraft” or “hocus pocus” as some may have believed in the past.  Therefore, a natural medicine found by trial and error method has scientific evidence to prove its merit.

  • The theory of how acupuncture works on our body is a very electrical entity.  When at the hospital emergency room, if a person’s heart beat becomes abnormal, the physician may shock the heart to “re-set” it.  Our nerves and cells operate using different gradients of Mg+2, Ca+2, K+, etc. ions to operate. Over 600 acupuncture points have been located on the human body.
    These 600 acupuncture points are connected together in 12 acupuncture meridians named the following:  bladder, kidney, spleen, heart, lung, gallbladder, liver, small intestine, large intestine, conception vessel and governing vessel.  When an acupuncture meridian has too much energy, not enough energy, or is stagnant/blocked, energy does not flow and the disease process sets in.  When a metal needle is placed on a point in the meridian, its energy/electricity is restored and health is returned after multiple treatments, depending on the overall health of patient.
"Acupuncture restores, balances, and normalizes Xi (energy) of the patient."