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What is acupuncture?

[Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/about/pac-20392763

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body.  Acupuncture has been most commonly used to treat pain, but increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.

Many Western practitioners view acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue, and stimulation can boost your body’s natural painkillers.

Acupuncture is administered to treat and relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Dental pain
  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
  • Labor pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis

Does acupuncture hurt? / Are there side-effects to acupuncture?

There may be some minimal, and short-term pain associated with needle insertion. Soreness and minor bleeding or bruising may occur where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal.The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles.

Do I need to link my bank account in order to use it?

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What is the NADA Ear Acupuncture Protocol?

[NADA: https://acudetox.com/nada-protocol/]

The NADA Protocol is a non-verbal approach to healing.

NADA involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear.

The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect.

NADA ear acupuncture is an adjunct therapy which is clinically effective, cost-efficient, drug-free and compatible cross-culturally, and can easily be established within behavioral health, addictions or disaster relief settings or in any location that a group of people can sit together.

Within addiction therapy, combined application of acupuncture with counseling, education, medical support and self-help groups such as AA and NA enhances opportunities for success.

The NADA Protocol can be easily used in any location where a group of people can sit together. It is most commonly used for addictions, behavioral health, disasters & emotional trauma. It is a technique that is versatile, effective and economical.

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine. It accounts for the whole person, with consideration for all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, where each are partners in the healing process. It is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, with appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s healing.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an individualized approach to healing that is patient-centered, addressing root cause, rather than symptoms and is based in science. It empowers patients and allows more readily for patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of health distress or illness to promote optimal health. Requiring detail of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors, as well as traditionally acquired medical data to generate personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient wellness and overall outcomes.

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