What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine treatment that strives to align and balance the life forces (qi) that flow throughout the body. Your qi moves along known pathways throughout your body, known as meridians.

Tradition holds that placing thin treatment needles at specific points along these meridians can improve the flow of qi, alleviating a wide range of physical and mental health issues.

Western medicine also finds acupuncture to be an effective treatment approach. This view holds that treatment needles stimulate your nerves, connective tissues, and muscles. Acupuncture is also thought to promote the release of your body’s natural painkilling chemicals.

Dr. Gina Pierre often uses moxibustion as part of acupuncture sessions. This process involves burning an herb called mugwort to improve the flow of qi further. Gua sha therapy is another option and works by using handheld, smooth tools to stimulate your muscle fibers and help qi flow more evenly.

What are some of the benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture offers a chance to achieve results without relying on pharmaceutical interventions. As the nation continues to grapple with the growing opioid epidemic, many people are searching for treatment options that do not carry a risk of side effects, including addiction.

Some of the health issues that acupuncture might improve include:

Some people turn to acupuncture after other treatments have failed to yield the desired improvements. Often, these patients become the most vocal advocates of acupuncture.

Is acupuncture a painful process?

In the hands of a skilled practitioner like Dr. Gina Pierre, acupuncture is not a painful experience. The treatment needles used during sessions are incredibly thin, and Dr. Gina Pierre has the training and experience to know exactly how and where to place them.

Treatment needles are sterile and only used once. There is little risk of infection or other negative outcomes when you rely on a practice that uses the highest safety standards, like Ommmango Wellness.

Not only is acupuncture not painful, but many people also report an almost immediate lessening of pain during sessions. This keeps people returning for additional treatments, and why many make acupuncture part of their ongoing health and wellness routine.

When you’re ready to schedule an acupuncture session, call the office to book a visit. You can also use the online scheduling tool to set up your appointment.