Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, Acupuncture works by stimulating your body's ability to regulate and repair itself. There are 12 main channels that carry energy or qi (pronounced "chee"), blood, and fluids to provide nourishment throughout our body. In a healthy person, the flow of these vital substances are freely moving in a state of dynamic equilibrium. When one of these channels becomes blocked or stagnant, pain, illness, and imbalances arise. Acupuncture works by re-integrating the flow of qi and clearing obstructions within these meridians to promote wellness.
From a Western Medical perspective, Acupuncture has been shown to influence the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, and immune systems to naturally facilitate the body's physiological and biochemical processes. During treatment, sterile, single-use, hair-thin pins are inserted into specific anatomical points along the body that have higher concentrations of superficial nerve endings and vasculature. When stimulated, these points send signals to the brain via the body's connective tissue (also known as fascia). By facilitating these signals, Acupuncture improves circulation and promotes the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, balance hormones, and reduced stress.
Is Acupuncture used for stress relief?
Yes! Relaxation and improved sleep are the most common side effects of Acupuncture even if that is not what you are coming in for. Patients use their treatments to pause from their busy lives and literally nap if they need to, which is encouraged. One of the ways Acupuncture works is by shifting your autonomic nervous system from being in a "flight or fight" (sympathetic) state to one that can "rest and digest" (parasympathetic). It is in that "rest and digest" state that your body is able to repair, regulate, and heal itself.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe when practiced by a licensed clinician. Lauren Dyer is Board Certified and Licensed through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine). Her rigorous 4 year graduate program emphasized Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology amongst other bio-medical courses. In school, she gained 3,000+ hours of didactic and hands-on clinicial experience treating an array of medical conditions. She is also certified in Clean Needle Technique (CNT). These certifications attest to her diligence in providing safe clinical care.
What if I am afraid of needles?
Acupuncture does not need to hurt to be beneficial, nor should it! Acupuncture pins are drastically different from hypodermic needles used to draw blood. They are so small and thin that they are just wider than a strand of hair. To many people's surprise, they have a rounded tip. This makes them essentially sensation-free when inserted. Your clinician Lauren has been trained for years in how to provide treatments that are gentle and painless so you can relax.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment frequency really depends on you, the severity of your condition, and how long you have had it for. Most patients attend multiple sessions over time and once their symptoms improve, we space treatments out from there. It is more likely that you will experience quicker, sustained progress when you have treatments consistently at the beginning. This is because Acupuncture works cumulatively. Treatments and any effects need time to build on one another to become long-lasting. Your clinician will collaborate with you on a treatment plan that suits your needs.