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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a holistic health treatment that stimulates strategic points in the body by placing extremely thin needles into your skin at these specific places.

From The Mayo Clinic:  "many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers and increases blood flow." 

While patients may feel a slight pressure when needles are applied, most find the technique itself painless.

Where did acupuncture originate?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world.  Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture became widely known in the United States in 1971 when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about doctors in Beijing, China using needles to ease his abdominal pain after surgery. Research has shown acupuncture to be beneficial in treating a variety of health conditions, including dozens of clinical trials indicating effectiveness in treating chronic pain.  

What does the clinical research say about acupuncture?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has conducted extensive studies demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headaches. Additionally, they have funded a variety of ongoing research projects on other promising applications of acupuncture*.

*These include studies with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAOM), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute on Drug Abuse.

What can I expect from acupuncture treatment with Anna?

Anna believes in treating patients holistically. Your initial appointment will include a discussion of your overall health and beauty goals, to develop a tailored recommendation for care.

In every treatment Anna provides, she includes a full front and back point prescription. Herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, and food therapy may also be incorporated to meet the needs and health objectives of each patient.