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Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Prinz Acupuncture in New York, NYC

Acupuncture sparks the body's remarkable capacity to heal itself by restoring a natural state of balance. Oftentimes, all the body needs is some gentle encouragement to realize it's full potential for health.
Unlike many medical modalities, acupuncture looks at the "full picture" of an individual, including body, mind and spirit, not just one isolated symptom, providing a holistic and highly personalized level of care.

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, was a firm believer in the body's ability to heal itself, saying, "the natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well." But long before Hippocrates, the ancient Chinese were already practicing what he would later preach, through the art of acupuncture.

 How does it work? A quick overview of acupuncture theory:
- The body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. These disharmonies are an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang.
- This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which qi is thought to flow.
- Through accurate diagnosis and the insertion and manipulation of sterile acupuncture needles at specific points on the body, an acupuncturist restores the free-flow of qi, thus achieving balance and enabling the body to heal itself.

What does modern science say? Modern (Western) studies have revealed that acupuncture stimulates one or more of the signaling systems that coordinate the complex set of responses that occur when a disease or injury is present. This can, under certain circumstances, increase the rate of healing response. This may be sufficient to cure a disease, or it might only reduce its impact (alleviate some symptoms). These findings can explain most of the clinical effects of acupuncture therapy. 

Acupuncture and Pain

It is well documented by that acupuncture is effective in treating pain. In fact, a new and sweeping review of previous research finds that it is a true powerhouse when it comes to the relief of chronic pain. 

There is a well-known saying in Traditional Chinese Medicine, “bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong”. This means “no free flow, pain; free flow, no pain.” This reflects the understanding that blockage – whether it is in our muscles, body systems, emotions, or thoughts – creates problems that may manifest in physical discomfort or illness. Acupuncture unlocks these blockages, enabling energy to move without obstruction. By restoring our body’s free flow, discomfort and pain will diminish or even disappear.

Acupuncture is Safe 

Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive and advanced post-graduate education, including the detailed study of human anatomy, physiology, neurology and training in Clean Needle Technique, among many other areas of study, as well as hands on training and practice. Erika has passed comprehensive and intensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state. As required by law, she always uses pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure complete safety.

 

 

 

Read Erika's exclusive article for AcuTake, where she is a contributing writer. The full article, "Why All Athletes Should Use Acupuncture", is available here.

Acupuncture - Prinz Acupuncture in New York, NYC

Prinz Acupuncture NYC

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160 Broadway
Maiden Lane Wing, 10th Fl
New York, NY 10038
917.359.7974

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247 Third Avenue, Suite 503

New York, NY 10010
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