Acupuncture: A Powerful Tool in a Naturopathic Toolbox

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Greetings and welcome to my blog! My goal for this blog is to provide you with simple knowledge on how to take action in your own health and wellbeing so you can live life to the fullest!

My goals as a Naturopathic Doctor is to identify and treat the root causes of disease  by using individualized medicine that stimulates the the self-healing mechanism of the human body. There are literally a TON of different ways to go about this and it is ultimately dependent upon each individual and how they present with symptoms of disease by addressing causative factors that led them to where they are now. A naturopathic toolbox may consist of homeopathic remedies, botanical medicine, vitamins and minerals, hydrotherapy, physical manipulation, nutritional counseling, mind-body medicine techniques, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and so much more! The practice of naturopathic medicine rarely involves the use of one single modality. It is usually the sum of therapies used and how they are applied to the individual that makes naturopathic medicine so effective!

All about acupuncture:

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has been shown to be beneficial for the recovery of numerous health ailments. In my current practice, I have noticed an increased amount of interest in this therapy and therefore decided to dedicate my first blog to briefly explaining it’s application.

So what is acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is the use of small sterile needles that are inserted into specific points on the body. These points are chosen by the practitioners (Licensed Acupuncturist or Naturopathic Doctor with acupuncture training). These points are chosen based on the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms which are obtained through a patient’s clinical history. Points are also chosen based on specific causes to the patient’s concerns. Acupuncture points are located along energetic channels within the body and are also known as “meridians”.  The term for the energy contained within these channels is known as “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). Each point along the channels can be used to stimulate the free flow of qi. It is believed that the blockage of qi in specific channels can cause symptoms of disease. However, the meridians/channels are not separate from one another and therefore it is more likely to have multiple channels affected at a time.

How does it work?

There are many different explanations on how acupuncture works. Altogether, it has been shown to stimulate the nervous system and release chemicals such endorphins which can change the way we experience pain. Acupuncture also influences digestive function, decreases inflammation, forces deep relaxation, and promotes homeostasis (aka a balanced state of health).

Who can benefit from acupuncture?

Common conditions treated by acupuncture include anxiety/depression, headaches, constipation/diarrhea, pain, menstrual irregularities, sinus infections, poor concentration, insomnia, skin conditions, upper respiratory infections or sinus infections, fatigue, and the list goes on.

There are some specific conditions where acupuncture may be not be the best option, so be sure to you visit your local Naturopathic Doctor to make sure it is the right treatment you.

Again, acupuncture is just one of the tools in a naturopathic toolbox and can be even more powerful when combined with other therapies intended for the individual patient.

Want to learn more about acupuncture and experience your first acupuncture treatment? If you are local to the area, please join me for “Acupuncture Happy Hour” held every last Monday of the month! During this hour, I will dive a little deeper into the subject of acupuncture as well as provide you with your own personalized treatment session!

Location: New England Integrative Medicine

23 Stiles Road STE 210 Salem, NH 03079

When: Every last Monday of the month at 2:30-3:30pm

For more information on pricing and how to register: Call 603-458-6579

Disclaimer: The content on this website is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice provided by your healthcare professional.

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