August 22, 2017

Acupuncture

acupunctureAcupuncture Therapies We Offer:

  • Acupuncture – the shallow insertion of hair-thin, sterilized needles into acupuncture points on the skin
  • Auricular Acupuncture – the shallow insertion of tiny, sterilized needles into acupuncture points on the exterior ear
Needle-less Acupuncture Therapies We Offer:

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  • Acupressure – gentle manual pressure applied to an acupuncture point on the body
  • Magnets – tiny, lightweight pellets applied topically and worn for several days
  • Tui na – a gentle Oriental massage technique over specific acupuncture point(s) or area(s) of the body
  • Moxibustion – the use the heated herb mugwort (Artemisiae vulgaris) over specific acupuncture point(s) or area(s) of the body

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, continually-practiced medical systems known to man and has been used successfully by people of all ages all over the world for more than 2,500 years. Each treatment is customized to the individual patient and addresses the whole person as well as focusing on particular symptoms. Patients report feeling deeply relaxed and many fall asleep during their treatment.

Acupuncture is exceptional in its ability to address the underlying cause of illness or pain, not merely mask its symptoms. It works by activating and speeding the body’s own healing process through the application of very fine needles, heat or gentle pressure at specific points on the body. Recent scientific research using functional MRIs has shown that treatment of particular acupuncture points on the body stimulates the area of the brain responsible for that part of the body.

Adults, teens and older children respond well to this gentle treatment while young children, infants and those who might be hesitant are treated using needle-less acupuncture approaches including magnet, acupressure, Oriental massage (Tui Na) and moxibustion. Acupuncture can be used independently or in conjunction with conventional treatments.

Professional Training

Acupuncturists are licensed by the state in which they practice, with each state having different rules and regulations. In Massachusetts, acupuncturists are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine where they use the designation “Lic.Ac.,” indicating that they are licensed acupuncturists. Current state licensing guidelines in Massachusetts require a practitioner to have successfully completed study at an accredited institution of Oriental Medicine and to have successfully passed the exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). At this time, there are no separate designations for herbalists in Massachusetts but for acupuncturists to practice Chinese herbal medicine, they must complete an accredited herbal training program.

Additional qualifications an acupuncturist might hold are a Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM), indicating completion of 3-4 years of graduate study in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Also, a practitioner might hold the designation of “Dipl. Ac.” indicating they have both passed the NCCAOM exams and are also certified by the NCCAOM.