Acupuncture is part of 10,000-year-old traditional Chinese medicine, a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness for thousands of years. It is the most widely-practiced and accepted Oriental medicine procedure in the United States.
Dr. Helene Pulnik RPh, MS, ND, LAc. Dipl. NCCAOM
Dr. Helene Pulnik is a nationally board-certified, licensed Naturopathic Physician and licensed Acupuncturist. She specializes in acupuncture for Women's Health, Weight Loss, Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression,Infertility, Arthritis, IBS, Migraines, and more.
Acupuncture brings the body into a state of balance by working with its energy and flow. It is based on the Taoist belief that the body is an integrated whole, consisting of the mind, body, and spirit. Each of these three parts is believed to work together, affecting the other's ability to heal. For this reason, acupuncture is aimed at encouraging the whole body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture as a treatment for a wide range of medical problems, including:
Sometimes referred to as energy medicine, acupuncture is philosophically different from Western medicine in some critical ways. Western medicine is based on the belief that the body represents one functioning system and the mind another; the spirit is not considered in this belief. In this philosophy, disease is considered either physical or mental, and organs are viewed as separate and distinct from one another.
In contrast, Oriental medicine focuses on Taoist beliefs. The body is seen as an integrated whole, each organ believed to have its own mental, physical, and spiritual function that can be treated separately. The acupuncture practitioner brings balance back to the body by working with its energy and flow
Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of the auricle or the external ear for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. It is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles, whereas the term auriculotherapy usually refers to electrical stimulation of acupuncture points on the surface of the ear.
Clinical studies have shown both acupuncture and auriculotherapy to be safe and effective in the treatment of a variety of acute and chronic illnesses.
As the Chinese explain it, channels of energy run in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. These channels, or meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body. They irrigate and nourish the tissues. If any of these rivers are obstructed, that obstruction is like a dam that backs everything up and it can cause weakness on other meridians and internal organs in the body. That's where acupuncture comes in. These meridians can be influenced by the fine needling of acupuncture points, which unblock the obstructions and can allow the regular flow of energy through the meridians. This can help the body's organs to correct any imbalances in digestion, absorption, and energy production. The scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points causes the nervous system to release endorphins in the brain, muscles, and spinal cord. The endorphins will either change the experience of pain, or trigger the release of chemicals and hormones that influence the body's internal regulating system. Acupuncture can produce an improved energy and biochemical balance, which results in the stimulation of the body's natural healing abilities.
For thousands of years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Acupuncture is growing more and more popular in America, and is widely practiced in countries all over the world. It can often be used in conjunction with other treatments such as conventional medicine, chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic and herbal prescriptions.
While attitude is important in achieving wellness from acupuncture, there is more to acupuncture than just the placebo effect, or believing that the treatment will work. However, a positive or even neutral attitude can reinforce the effects, while a negative or disbelieving view may hinder the outcome of acupuncture, just as it can hinder any other treatment, Western or otherwise.
Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with hair-thin, stainless steel needles. The needles are solid and their points are smooth, which makes insertion much less painful than injections or blood draws. In fact, most patients feel little to no pain at all.
As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Pulnik only uses sterile, disposable needles to eliminate the risk of infection. There are very few side effects from acupuncture treatment, and the most common side effects are limited to temporary redness or bruising at the site of needle insertion.
Feelings of deep relaxation or mild disorientation can occur immediately following the first one or two treatments, but this sensation passes quickly. Occasionally, the original symptoms of illness may persist for a few days after the treatment, and there may also be changes in sleep patterns, appetite, or bodily functions. How many acupuncture sessions a person will need depends upon the reason for the treatment. Chronic, long-standing conditions may require several treatments in a period of months. For health maintenance and prevention of disease, four sessions a year may suffice.
"I am a new patient of Dr. Helene Pulnik. I am a RN who suffers from chronic back pain and had looked up information regarding accupuncture on the internet. I frequently was also suffering from episodic periods of vertigo, which usually lasted for about a week. Vertigo can be very debilitating. I wasn't able to drive, therefore, was having a difficult time getting my job done as a nurse case manager which requires travel. It is not clear what is causing this new symptom of vertigo, but I was told by my primary care that it was viral and would run its course.
After it recurred for the third time, I went to see Dr. Pulnik. I had never experienced accupuncture treatment previously and was amazed at the results! I saw her on a Wednesday, which was 3 days into the vertigo. Each episode usually lasts at least a week. I woke up Thursday morning after the Wednesday accupuncture, and it was completely gone!
I am sold on accupuncture. I haven't re-experienced the vertigo since! Paula, RN
More and more people are discovering the health-giving powers of acupuncture.
As a non-invasive, relaxing course of treatment that costs much less than conventional techniques, why not explore acupuncture for yourself?
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