Acupuncture needles point patients in the direction of recovery

Shawn Soszka, ND, LAc. Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and effective therapy that has been used to successfully treat many different health conditions. As modern research continues to validate the healing effects of acupuncture, the treatment is gaining acceptance among both patients and conventional healthcare providers. It's estimated that over 10 million acupuncture treatments occur in the United States annually.

Acupuncture was developed primarily in China, and its origins date back nearly 5,000 years. The first medical book describing how to use acupuncture was written around 200 BCE. The treatment method is part of a comprehensive system of medicine used in Asia that includes herbal medicine and nutritional therapy.

An acupuncturist inserts needles into specific locations called acupoints, grouped into channels or meridians. Each acupoint is associated with specific healing effects, which have been documented by acupuncture practitioners for over thousands of years. Combining acupoints together can specialize the treatment to address a patient's particular health concerns.

Each needle is incredibly thin, slightly thicker than a human hair. They are gently inserted for a practically painless experience, and each surgical-grade, stainless steel needle is sterile and used only once.

Acupuncture has been shown to have several healing benefits:

  • It increases blood flow and reduces inflammation.
  • It has a calming effect on the nervous system, which reduces stress. In fact, many patients report feeling more relaxed than they expected after the treatment. Acupuncture also increases the production of endorphins, the body's natural pain killer.
  • It strengthens the immune system by increasing white blood cell production.

A growing interest in acupuncture has led to an impressive amount of research over the past few decades. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating over 122 medical conditions in over 13,000 studies.

Both acute and chronic pain conditions can be treated with acupuncture therapy. Lower back pain, knee pain, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), smoking cessation, and nausea from chemotherapy have all been successfully treated with acupuncture.

Beeson Wellness Center integrates acupuncture heavily into the comprehensive approach they use to restore function to the body and accelerate its natural healing ability. Chiropractic therapy and acupuncture work synergistically to get faster results. Acupuncture helps retrain the muscles to help maintain chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Shawn Soszka is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist at the Beeson Wellness Center. He graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2000 with a Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine and a master's degree in Science in Oriental Medicine. He has served as a faculty member at NUNM teaching gastroenterology and acupuncture anatomy. He regularly uses acupuncture as a comprehensive and holistic approach to treat musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and thyroid disorders.

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