Dating back as far as 100 BC, acupuncture is an alternative therapy that helps reduce pain, stress and anxiety. This centuries-old Chinese medicinal practice has taken a while to catch on in the States, but Revive Medical Center patients find relief from numerous ailments through acupuncture. As with any alternative therapy, acupuncture complements Western medicine as part of an overall treatment plan.
How it Works
Stimulation is the primary focus of acupuncture. When certain points on the body are stimulated, the body naturally releases anti-inflammatory properties and endorphins. This boosts the immune system which triggers a healing response to the area stimulated by the acupuncture needles. The resulting effect is reduced pain and greater relaxation. In fact, many patients fall asleep during their acupuncture treatment. Chinese medicine teaches that acupuncture restores qi, or life force energy, which they consider the energy crucial for overall health, healing and well-being.
What to Expect
Revive Medical Center patients will meet with Rebecca Porter, MSOM, Lac, BA Psych, who is an experienced acupuncture specialist. Rebecca has a natural fascination with the human body’s ability to regenerate and heal itself, which is why she studied Eastern medicine practices. When patients meet Rebecca for the first time, she will evaluate each patient from both an Eastern and Western medicine standpoint, taking into account how holistic and traditional medicine can combine to relieve symptoms.
Rebecca considers the mind and body when coming up with an acupuncture treatment plan because it takes both the mind and body to heal. Once the plan is agreed upon between doctor and patient, Rebecca provides a relaxing and comfortable environment in which to perform the acupuncture treatment. As mentioned above, most patients fall asleep during the session. Acupuncture unblocks energy flow or qi and helps the body and mind return to their natural balance and harmony.
This not only reduces pain and suffering but also increases overall brain function. Many patients report higher concentration and productivity after acupuncture. If you are concerned about acupuncture being painful, don’t be. Most patients report they don’t feel the needles when they are inserted into the acupuncture points and those that do, only feel a minor prick. Acupuncture is safe and recognized by medical governing bodies throughout the world as an effective treatment for numerous conditions.
Acupuncture is an out-patient therapy so busy patients can schedule their sessions on their lunch hour, although it is ideal to schedule a session when you have plenty of time to relax before and after to increase its effect. A crucial part of wellness is remaining in a relaxed state of mind so your body can use all of its energy to heal. The ideal time to schedule an acupuncture appointment would be on your day off when you can go home afterward and do something relaxing and rewarding such as read a book.
Revive Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA, is happy to have Rebecca Porter as our acupuncture specialist. You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 770-545-8888.