Some quick answers

What is acupuncture?

Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture was developed by the ancient Chinese. It consists of stimulating designated points on the skin by the insertion of sterilized needles at specific points related to internal body function. Energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chi’) moves through out the body and can become blocked, too week or stagnant. Auricular acupuncture balances this energy.

What are the benefits?

Physically auricular acupuncture relaxes and reduces stress, decreases pain and increases energy and immunity and normalizes sleep. Mentally and emotionally it helps you feel clear, alert, calm and focused.

Do the needles hurt?

Most people barely feel the needles go in. Sometimes a point will be sensitive but this small sting or pinch only lasts for a second. Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles. They are not hollow and are much thinner.

Any danger or infection?

Virtually none. The needles are sterilized and are used only once.

How long does it take for the treatment?

Initially, you need to have daily 3 point acupuncture (NADA protocol) for forty five minutes for a week. Next two weeks on alternate days and then on once in a week. It is a balancing process of the body. Treatment is offered “on demand” which reduces conflict and facilitates counseling.

Ear acupuncture is a stand-alone therapy or an adjunct to other ones?

Acu-wellness by itself will not get or keep someone clean. It is an adjunctive therapy not stand alone intervention. Acu-wellness has to be integrated within a comprehensive treatment framework.

Dr. Michael O. Smith psychiatrist & acupuncturist says “acupuncture teaches the person to relax from the inside out.” This increased sense of calm and the quieting of symptoms that occurs as a result of the acupuncture treatment stimulates patients’ own “Qi” (one’s inner energy) and brings them back into a more balanced state. As the person become calmer inside, they become much more aware of themselves and others. From this quieter, inner place the person can then make more careful choices in his/her reactions to life situations.