Why Acupuncture?

Authored By: 
Nena Watkins

Acupuncture, as part of the ancient practice of Chinese medicine, has been used for thousands of years and is still commonly used today.

There are several reasons why acupuncture is so popular. It balances a person so they feel better.  Acupuncture has no negative side effects. It is relaxing and it works!  In addition to desired results, acupuncture is cost effective and covered by many insurance policies.

Acupuncture has no negative side effects.

Most of the time people barely feel the needles go in.  Sensations during the treatment vary from person to person and point to point.  However, most often people report a good feeling, a brightness, or a connection.  Sometimes people feel the qi move.  The worst people say they feel is a muscle ache, which disappears with a few deep breaths. Many people use acupuncture as an alternative to western medications and the side effects they can cause.

Acupuncture is Relaxing.

Often people are surprised to learn that acupuncture is a calming and relaxing experience.  A visit to your acupuncturist is like seeing a general practitioner during your nap time and feeling better as you leave.  Many people sleep during their treatment.  During and after acupuncture, people report feeling very relaxed.  It’s the main experience for most acupuncture patients!

Acupuncture Works.

It works well for any non-emergency health issue.  It helps with sleep, digestion, allergies, anxiety, pain, fear of needles, and more.  Most people report a change in symptoms immediately.  Although it may require a few visits to get the results people are looking for, people report noticeable improvement with each visit.  Acupuncture is a gentle, effective approach to healing.

Acupuncture treats people holistically.

It treats the underlying pattern causing one’s symptoms.  By treating the pattern, not the symptom, people experience relief of many symptoms as they get treatment, which is better than the western medical alternative of a specialist for each problem. Who has the time or energy for that?  Acupuncture balances a person to promote healing from within.  Further, it is covered by your car insurance if you’re in an accident, and it is included in many health insurance plans as well.

You may be wondering how to find a good acupuncturist.  Luckily, in most cities there are several.  There is no need for a medical doctor referral.  You can call and schedule anytime.  As with any service provider, you will want to work with someone who makes you feel comfortable. In Texas, you can rest assured that Licensed Acupuncturists are fully trained and qualified to practice acupuncture and prescribe and dispense Chinese Herbal medicine.

Acupuncturist attend a four-year Chinese Medicine program, receiving a Master’s degree.  They must pass National Board exams through the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), receiving a Diplomacy of Oriental Medicine.  In Texas, acupuncturists are licensed by the Texas Medical Board as Licensed Acupuncturist. Further, Licensed Acupuncturists in Texas must complete training in Chinese Herbal Medicine.  If a chiropractor or physical therapist does acupuncture (or dry needling), know that they did not meet these requirements and have no training in Chinese Medicine.

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About the Author: 

Native to Dallas and a graduate UT Austin, Nena journeyed to Seattle to study acupuncture at Bastyr University.  After many years practicing in the northwest, she returned home.  Nena enjoys sharing the beauty of Chinese medicine with the people of Dallas at her practice in North Oak Cliff.

Certifications include:
Licensed Acupuncturist, Texas Medical Board
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM

For appointments, contact nenawatkins [at] gmail [dot] com

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