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Acupuncture In Glastonbury, CT

Debra Diers, L.Ac., RN

Acupuncture is the oldest, most continuously utilized system of medicine in the world and combined with herbal medicine, is used by 2/3 of the world’s population as its primary source of health care. Its roots and foundation can be traced back 5000 years when the first written accounts of it can be found, but it is believed to predate that by several thousand years. It has been refined and expanded upon throughout the centuries, but the basic theory of the medicine and the view of the body and its functions hold true in this modern day world. Acupuncture is just one tool that falls under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is the most recognized and is often combined with other modalities of TCM such as herbal medicine, moxibustion (topical warming therapy), gwa-sha, tui-na, cupping, exercises such as tai chi or qigong and dietary therapy, all of which can be utilized to enhance any treatment.

I have had the privilege of working in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the past 20 years. Not a day goes by that it does not bring a smile to my face and fills me with amazement and satisfaction. It is a beautiful system of checks and balances that weaves in and out through all aspects of the human condition. It is the one system I know of that tells me why your toe also hurts when you come to me complaining of a pain in your eye. Yes, I know, it does sound funny but once you experience its effects you will understand just what that means. The body and spirit is viewed as one, not separate entities and treatment of any imbalance encompasses the whole.

The question I am asked most often by people is ”does acupuncture really work?” My answer is always the same, “yes, it absolutely does work!” This is usually followed by “how does acupuncture work?” That question is a little more challenging and I’d be happy to talk to you about it on your first visit.

Acupuncture offers benefit to everyone whether it be prevention of illness, relief from pain or from emotional stress, quicker and healthier recovery from illness, or avoidance of surgery for problems such as back pain, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, knee and hip pain, or relief from plantar fascitis or migraine headaches and a host of other issues. It is often extremely effective for conditions that have no clear western medical diagnosis, or for those things someone is often told they will just have to “learn to live with it”. It is my belief that you do not have to “learn to live with it”.

What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

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How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.