Acupuncture

Acupuncture, an ancient healing art in existence for over 5000 years involves the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The most often used technique involves penetrating the skin with thin needles that are manipulated by either the hands or electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is used to relieve or prevent pain, and to improve overall bodily function, strength, power and immunity.

Conditions Acupuncture May Be Used to Treat

  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Body Detoxification
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Pain Control & Management
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dental/TMJ Pain
  • Anxiety/Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Female Health Issues
  • Male Health Conditions

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Drug-free way to minimize pain
  • Allows doctors to immediately examine response to treatment and make necessary adjustments
  • Scientifically proven to relieve chronic back pain
  • Research shows it can improve effectiveness of meds
  • Proven to alleviate heartburn and indigestion
  • Effective at preventing tension headaches and migraines

Common Myths About Acupuncture

Myth: Acupuncture is painful.
Fact: Pain is never felt when performed by trained acupuncturists; however, the individual may feel a tiny prick upon insertion of the needle and, in some rare instances, bruising at the point of insertion.

Myth: Conventional physicians don’t accept acupuncture.
Fact: More and more conventional physicians are recognizing acupuncture’s benefits as a remedy for certain disorders.

Myth: Acupuncture is only good for treating pain.
Fact: It is true that pain responds very well to acupuncture, but the aim of acupuncture is to bring balance and harmony to the whole person so it can be an excellent treatment for insomnia, fatigue, digestive problems, menopause, menstrual disorders, infertility, MS, Lupus, and cancer support.

Myth: Only Chinese or Asians can practice acupuncture.
Fact: The ability to learn and practice anything does not depend upon your racial background. Most U.S. practitioners are not Asian.

Myth: Acupuncture is best performed by a physician.
Fact: Physicians have very limited training in acupuncture and only need 200 hours of training to be a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  Licensed acupuncturists have several years of training and are therefore the best choice.

Myth: Acupuncture needles are at risk of passing on STDs.
Fact: Acupuncture needles come individually wrapped in sterile packaging. In the U.S. this is a standard practice, so they are not reused and pose no risk of spreading contamination.

Myth: The need for acupuncture does not exist today.
Fact: Acupuncture is widely used today. It often prevents use of cortisone, painkillers, or even surgery.  Studies show about 61% of patients treated with acupuncture after being paralyzed by stroke showed great improvement.

Myth: Acupuncture only works if you believe it will.
Fact: While a positive attitude will most likely help you feel better, studies show that acupuncture seems to affect the body’s immune reactions, blood pressure regulation, blood flow and temperature, and may aid the activity of endorphins.

Myth: Acupuncturists aren’t licensed medical professionals.
Fact: Today, acupuncture is a licensed, regulated profession. To be licensed in most states, acupuncturists must complete a 3 to 4-year graduate program in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and pass national certification exams. Like other professionals, they almost must main their licensure by completing certain requirements.

FAQs

Q: How long does it take to see results?
A: Normally, it takes about 4-6 treatments to see benefits.

Q: How long is an acupuncture visit?
A: The first visit is usually the longest, lasting from 45 to 60 minutes which encompasses a full health history intake. Follow-ups visits are usually 30 minutes long.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: Yes, your safety is assured in the hands of a trained acupuncturist. Acupuncture needles generally cause no bleeding.

Price

$60.00/session for initial and follow-up visits.  Students can pay by cash or check, or charge it to their student account.

Who is the acupuncture done by?

Acupuncture will be done by Dr. Guadagno who is a licensed, experienced acupuncturist from the Uptown Wellness Center. Acupuncture services will be offered once or twice a month depending on the response from students. Appointments are required, so please call us at 562.464.4548 to schedule your session.

Prior to your appointment, please make sure you complete an acupuncture intake form.