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

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

Acupuncture is an effective medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.

Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat various medical problems.


-Kenda Chang-Swanson

"This is my first time accessing acupuncture treatments and Carly offered a caring and professional environment. Continuing to return for follow-up treatments. Would recommend!"​

Carly Potter Acupuncture
    Acupuncture has been widely studied and proven to be effective in the treatment of many conditions. How does it work physiologically? Simply, acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well being. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow to the area of pain, stimulate the immune system, calm the nervous system, stimulate the release of dopamine and other pain relieving neurotransmitters in the brain, balance hormones, and release bound up muscular and facial tissue. Essentially acupuncture restores balance and function within your body.
    Several years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture. Following is the list of conditions shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture: Low back pain - Neck pain - Sciatica - Tennis elbow - Knee pain - Peri-arthritis of the shoulder - Sprains - Facial pain - TMJ - Headache - Dental pain - Acute and chronic gastritis - Rheumatoid arthritis - Induction of labor - Breech birth presentation - Morning sickness - Nausea and vomiting - Postoperative pain - Stroke - Essential hypertension - Primary hypotension - Renal colic - Leucopenia - Radiation/chemo reactions - Allergic rhinitis - Hay fever - Biliary colic - Depression - Acute bacillary dysentery - Primary dysmenorrhea - Acute epigastralgia - Peptic ulcer
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    Make sure you are well hydrated and have eaten a small meal or snack before your appointment. Avoid caffeine two hours prior to your treatment if possible. Bring a list of your medications and supplements with you. Dress in comfortable loose clothing, workout shorts and t-shirts or tank tops are best.
    Generally speaking, Acupuncture should not be painful. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange. You may experience a vague numbness, heaviness tingling or dull ache. Occasionally you may feel like you’ve been stung by a bee. This should pass almost immediately, and does not have any lasting sensation. If it doesn’t, tell your practitioner right away so they can adjust or remove the needle. Occasionally you may feel a throbbing ache, which may also be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition. At no time, though, should you have any sensation that is beyond your tolerance level. If you do, let your practitioner know right away. The fact is that the vast majority of clients report that, after a while, they begin to feel a real sense of well-being, almost euphoria.
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