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Health and Wellness: What's the Point? 7 Reasons to Try Acupuncture in Folsom

02/28/2018 01:38PM

The fear of needles is a common phobia, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). “Acupuncture is the use of fine, filiform—meaning thread-like—needles inserted into the body to bring change to a person’s health,” explains Wendy Stedeford, MSAOM, LAc, at Wendy Stedeford Acupuncture in El Dorado Hills. “Filiform needles are solid and sometimes as thin as a single human hair.” 

Rosie McNeilly, LAc, owner of El Dorado Community Acupuncture in Shingle Springs, wants you to know that acupuncture is a process. “If you’re seeking treatment for a long-standing problem, I recommend committing to at least 10 treatments to give [it] a fair shot at making a difference. Coming in for a single treatment is a bit like taking one vitamin or doing one workout—it’s probably good for you, but you won’t notice any big results unless you stick with it.” Here are seven reasons you should try acupuncture.


Whether you’re recovering from an injury or suffering from chronic pain, acupuncture can help. Emiko Okabe, LAc, owner of Sakura Acupuncture in Folsom, says treatments shorten the time required to heal from trauma. “Acupuncture treatments are helpful for acute or chronic pain, such as neck pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome, or trauma from sprains, strains, bruises, or bone fractures.”


“The health benefits of acupuncture are far-reaching,” says Jennifer Niemeyer, MSAOM, LAc, owner of The Root Wellness in Roseville. “We balance your body by stimulating the central nervous system and your immune system to allow the body to heal itself. The possibilities are endless, and it’s also great to use as prevention to keep from getting sick.”


Patients receiving regular acupuncture treatments report benefits like improved energy and better digestion. “Acupuncture engages the parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging the body to ease into its natural ‘rest-and-digest’ healing state,” McNeilly says. “Since many people are chronically stressed, their bodies are stuck in fight-or-flight mode almost all the time. This constant stress erodes mental and physical health, and acupuncture is a great antidote.”


Okabe says acupuncture can treat neurological issues, including headaches and migraines; respiratory issues, like hay fever, allergies, sinusitis, and asthma; and gynecological issues, such as irregular menstruation, PMS, and infertility.


Acupuncture can stand on its own or work really well with all other health interventions. “We work great as team members for many kinds of health challenges, such as cancer,” Stedeford says. “Acupuncture can help to alleviate the potential negative side effects of other therapies, such as chemo or radiation. We can also address most infertility challenges and work well as a team member if the patient is also using Western medicine interventions.”


“Immediately following acupuncture treatments, patients feel highly relaxed and report being freed of their stresses,” Okabe says. “Acupuncture alleviates causative factors to poor mental health, [including] psychosomatic issues of insomnia, mild depression, anxiety, stress, irritability, and fatigue.”


“One of my goals as a practitioner is to communicate to people how amazing this medicine is,” Niemeyer says. “Often, people come to me after they’ve tried everything else. [Though] I’m happy to help these people, once you’ve been sick for a long time, the road to recovery is longer and there’s a risk of not being able to fully heal. If you try natural medicine as a first resort and closer to the onset of a problem, there’s a much better chance of being able to completely restore your health.” Stedeford adds: “Whatever the challenges a person is experiencing, the acupuncturist finds the pattern and always treats what is manifesting. They say a poor acupuncturist only treats the manifesting symptoms a person has; a good acupuncturist treats the reasons why those symptoms are manifesting.” 

By Kourtney Jason

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