Basic Balance, PLLC
Acupuncture & Asian Healing Arts
Keene, NH. Allison Millar, L.Ac.
Research has shown acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of over 100 conditions:
What does acupuncture do?
Acupuncture stimulates your body’s internal resources to increase your self-healing potential. Our bodies know how to heal themselves. If a problem is not resolving, it doesn't always mean that it is outside this healing ability. We often aren't utilizing 100% of our self-healing potential, just as we don’t maximize the full potential of our brains.
How does acupuncture work?
We don’t know yet! Although medical research has proven that acupuncture works, the mechanism via which it works is still unknown. It has been shown to improve circulation, increase endorphins, regulate neurotransmitters, release anti-inflammatory compounds, activate key brain regulatory centers, and block pain sensation via the ‘Gate Control’ mechanism of our nervous system. As far as how it does these things, interesting research is being conducted to try to get to the bottom of it.
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. The ones I use are as thin as a piece of hair and 6-7 of these can fit on the head of a hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow, so unlike hypodermic needles, they do not pierce the skin when inserted; they slide between skin cells. Insertion of the needles is not always felt and when it is, it is a mild prick that subsides quickly. Patients generally feel deeply relaxed during and after a treatment and often, fall asleep.
If received by a properly trained acupuncturist, yes. All the needles I use are sterile and disposable, so they are only used once and there is no risk for cross-contamination. I attended school for 4 years, so I am well trained in contraindications, point depths, and point locations. I am certified by CCAOM (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) in Clean Needle Technique.
Is acupuncture safe?
Does acupuncture hurt?
A healthy person has many wishes, but the sick person has only one.