+ WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective health care. Acupuncture practitioners use thin, sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to help the body's ability to heal itself. Over the three decades or so in which acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States, it has been proven by an increasing body of scientific evidence to be not only exceptionally safe, but statistically effective as well.

+ HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Acupuncture achieves the desired results by stimulating specific points near or on the surface of the skin - acupuncture points - that have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. Because acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, inserting needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors. This in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones (thought to be some 200 times more potent than morphine). Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, PMS and infertility. The substances released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.

STUDIES

Research has found that several types of pain-reducing opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture.

Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by altering the way in which neurotransmitters and neurohormones are released. Acupuncture has also been documented to affect sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes involved in regulating blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature. Modulation of subcortical structures of the brain may be an important mechanism by which acupuncture exerts its complex multisystem effects.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine affects the circulation of blood to the affected area, which helps to remove pain-causing chemicals and restore normal function.

+ ARE THE ACUPUNCTURISTS LICENSED?

Absolutely YES! V(EYE)BES only works with licensed acupuncturists and those who have been in the field for quite some time with reputable backgrounds and glowing reviews.

+ DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN RESULTS?

No. As a case in point, acupuncture works very well for horses, dogs and cats, most of whom probably don't "believe" in acupuncture. It is always beneficial to have confidence in your practitioner, but faith in a particular technique is not necessary to obtain results.

+ IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

The acupuncture needle is a fine, disposable (one-time use), sterile, FDA-approved medical device. While acupuncture is a highly safe form of physical medicine, there are a few risks. These include bruising, fainting, muscle spasms, bleeding, nerve damage (extremely rare) and punctured organs (extremely rare).

Like in a hospital, acupuncturists use only disposable needles, which are used only once on patients and then discarded. While there may have been reported statistics of possible transmission of diseases over 20 years ago, current standards have virtually eliminated any risk of infection through acupuncture.

+ DO THE NEEDLES HURT?

There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. One reason is that they are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests - 25 to 50 times thinner than hypodermic needles. Further, the actual insertion is done very quickly. While some feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of discomfort, sometimes followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling or numbness (desirable sensations known as "attaining qi"). The needles are left in place for 20 to 90 minutes. Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep during sessions.

+ WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. The following are some of the more common conditions treatable by Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, as outlined by the WHO.

Upper Respiratory Tract: Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, common cold, acute tonsillitis

Respiratory System: Acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)

Disorders of the Eye: Acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, myopia (in children), cataract (without complications)

Disorders of the Mouth: Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Spasms of esophagus and cardia, hiccough, gastroptosis, acute and chronic gastritis, gastric hyperacidity, chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), acute duodenal ulcer (without complications), acute and chronic colitis, acute bacillary dysentery, constipation, diarrhea, paralytic ileus

Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Headache and migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within three to six months), pareses following a stroke, peripheral neuropathies, sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within six months), Meniere's disease, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis, intercostal neuralgia, cervicobrachial syndrome, "frozen shoulder," "tennis elbow," sciatica, low back pain, osteoarthritis

The most common ailments presented to acupuncturists in the U.S. are pain-related conditions. However, as the public becomes more educated about acupuncture and Oriental medicine, people are seeking help for a number of other conditions, with good results. These include:

Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders: Sinusitis, sore throat, hay fever, earache, nerve deafness, ringing in the ears, dizziness, poor eyesight

Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spastic colon, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies, ulcers, gastritis, abdominal bloating, hemorrhoids

Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS); irregular, heavy or painful menstruation; endometriosis; menopause; fibroids; chronic bladder infection; complications in pregnancy; morning sickness; kidney stones; impotence; infertility (men and women); sexual dysfunction

Immune Disorders: Candida, chronic fatigue, HIV and AIDS, Epstein Barr virus, allergies, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), hepatitis

Addictions: Smoking, drugs, alcohol, food

Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, headaches and migraines, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, sprains, muscle spasms, shingles

Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, colds and flu

Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy/radiation side effects, diabetes, dermatological disorders, weight control

+ WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN GETTING ACUPUNCTURE?

The ideal clothing for receiving acupuncture is a tank top or loose fitting t-shirt that can easily fold or roll up with a low neck and also, loose fitting workout leggings, pajama pants, or shorts.

This way, our acupuncturist can easily target the areas he or she is working on and you can remain comfortable.

+ HOW DO I BOOK MY OWN PRIVATE GROUP SOUND HEALING EXPERIENCE FOR MY HOME, OFFICE, FESTIVAL, OR RETREAT?

Interested in hosting a corporate event, retreat, bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday party, or women's circle with V(EYE)BES? We can help design a custom experiential event for your guests that is perfectly suited for your needs.

Would you like to offer it as an inexpensive weekly or monthly perk to benefit your employees’ well-being? This revolutionary form of healing created specifically for the special needs of the workplace is highly desired and drastically improves wellness rates, lowers the amount of sick days, increases creativity, and reduces stress. Transmitted through hands held lightly on the body, it’s a noninvasive technique that requires no prior belief, is not associated with any religion, and is amazingly low-maintenance! All you need is 20 to 60 minutes out of the day per employee, and a quiet, private space, if possible.

For more information or to learn how to schedule a group workplace V(EYE)BES session, please visit the Corporate Wellness page, and for any other groups please send us a message. We look forward to hosting you.