What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective yet gentle therapy that is a fundamental part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a system of medicine that has been practiced widely for several thousand years.

Acupuncturists place extremely fine needles at specific points on the body, causing a variety of physiological effects that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.  These effects include reduced inflammation, improved circulation, improved hormone balance, and stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system (allowing the body to rest and heal).

How does it work?

TCM theory is rooted in the concept that good health depends on adequate circulation of nutrients, oxygen, and blood throughout the body.  When nutrients are not cycling efficiently, or are inadequate in quantity or quality, blockages or "stagnation" are formed and poor health will ensue.

When an area of the body does not receive enough blood flow it cannot function properly or recuperate effectively.  Injuries, pathogens, emotions, over-work, stress, and poor diet or lifestyle can all contribute to creating blockages. The stimulation of acupuncture points causes the blood vessels to dilate, thus, relieving pain, improving organ function and slowing down the process of aging.

There is also evidence suggesting that acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to activate nociceptor, sensory nerves, and proprioceptor fibers. This activation improves the nerve signal to the brain, triggering the release of endorphins and enkephalins to relieve pain.

What is the difference between a licensed acupuncturist and a "Certified" Acupuncturist?

In The State of Arkansas, a Licensed Acupuncturist has graduated from an approved four year, post-graduate academic program (on average over 3,000 hours) in acupuncture and related techniques, with extensive education in Chinese herbal medicine.  A Licensed Acupuncturist must pass four National Board Exams, be nationally certified by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and complete continuing education courses.

In The State of Arkansas a "Certified Acupuncturist" is only required to complete 100 hours of training in acupuncture.

Before undergoing acupuncture treatment, it is important to ask your provider about their training to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Other Techniques Used At Natural State Acupuncture:

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is a safe and effective way to improve health and expedite recovery.  Herbs are often used in addition to acupuncture to enhance the benefits of treatment, or they may be used as the principal form of treatment dependant upon the condition.
Chinese medicinal herbs include flowers, leaves, roots, stalks, seeds and minerals.

At Natural State Acupuncture we utilize herbs from companies that adhere to U.S. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to ensure quality, efficacy and safety.

Nutrition & Lifestlye

Nutrition and lifestlye changes are powerful tools that can be utilized every day to achieve your health goals.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient practice commonly used in many cultures.  Glass, plastic, or silicone cups are applied to the surface of the skin via suction.  Cupping is most commonly used for pain, muscular tension and upper respiratory conditions. Once the cups are applied, skin and muscle tissue are drawn up, promoting the flow of blood and moving stagnation.

Cupping may leave purple or red marks on the skin which usually disappear within 3-5 days.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the use of a plant called Mugwort (Artemesia), to warm specific points on the body. The Mugwort is burned close to the skin surface, increasing circulation of blood and lymph, stimulating the immune system and creating a deep sense of relaxation.


Moxibustion is commonly used for treating certain types of pain, neuropathy, common colds, certain women’s health and obstetrics conditions, digestive problems, and to increase energy and boost immunity.

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