What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to stimulate the flow of energy, or qi, and promote healing.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms. The needles used in acupuncture are inserted into specific points along energy pathways, known as meridians, to restore balance and promote overall wellness.

Can Acupuncture Boost Your Wellness?

Absolutely! Acupuncture has been shown to have numerous benefits for both physical and mental well-being. Here are 10 ways acupuncture can boost your wellness:

1. Pain Relief

Acupuncture is widely recognized for its ability to relieve pain. It can help alleviate chronic pain conditions such as back pain, migraines, and arthritis.

2. Stress Reduction

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the body and can help reduce stress and anxiety. It promotes relaxation and helps improve sleep quality.

3. Boosts Immune System

Acupuncture can strengthen the immune system, making you less susceptible to illnesses and infections. It helps improve overall health and vitality.

4. Improves Digestion

Acupuncture can aid in digestion by regulating the digestive system. It can help relieve symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and constipation.

5. Enhances Mental Clarity

Acupuncture can improve mental clarity and focus. It can help reduce brain fog and enhance cognitive function.

6. Balances Hormones

Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal imbalances, such as those associated with menopause or menstrual irregularities. It can alleviate symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.

7. Boosts Energy Levels

Acupuncture can increase energy levels by improving the flow of qi throughout the body. It can help combat fatigue and increase vitality.

8. Supports Weight Loss

Acupuncture can be a valuable tool for weight loss. It can help suppress appetite, reduce cravings, and improve metabolism.

9. Enhances Athletic Performance

Acupuncture can improve athletic performance by reducing pain, promoting faster recovery, and enhancing overall physical well-being.

10. Promotes Emotional Well-being

Acupuncture can have a positive impact on emotional well-being. It can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, promoting a sense of calm and balance.

In conclusion, acupuncture offers a wide range of benefits for your overall wellness. Whether you're seeking pain relief, stress reduction, or improved digestion, acupuncture can be a valuable addition to your wellness routine. Give it a try at Helia Health and Beauty, and experience the transformative power of this ancient healing practice.

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Meet Your Practitioner

Kate Gust Overton is a licensed acupuncturist with a masters degree in acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also holds the designation of ADAPT Trained Practitioner from Kresser Institute, the only Functional Medicine and ancestral health training company. Kate practices Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture, and uses various other modalities which include cupping, gua sha, essential oils, and moxibustion. Kate is also the owner of Helia Health & Beauty and manages The Studio at Helia.

  • Master of Acupuncture
  • Licensed Acupuncturist
  • NADA certified
  • Kresser Institute Certified

"My driving philosophy is to uncover possibilities for each client. I approach each session with a deliberate open mind. This positive vision allows me to see openings into the world rather than closed doors. I believe it is possible to reframe old habits, and, with the proper treatment and commitment from each patient, to renew your love for life and to regain a sense of equilibrium."

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Acupuncture actually do?

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. They may promote physical and emotional well-being. - Johns Hopkins Medicine

What are the long-term effects of Acupuncture?

Regular acupuncture users report overall health benefits, including: Better sense of control over own health. Reduced stress and increased relaxation levels. Improved sleep.

What are the risks of Acupuncture?

The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. At Helia, we use single-use, sterile, disposable needles.

What are the side effects of Acupuncture?

Some people experience mild, short-term side effects such as:

  • pain where the needles puncture the skin.
  • bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin.
  • drowsiness.
  • feeling sick.
  • feeling dizzy or faint.

How quickly does Acupuncture work?

If you were in the acupuncture clinic for acute pain or sports injury, you may notice the pain reliefalmost instantly from the first treatment. For chronic pain, it may take up to 2 or 3 sessions to notice the pain subside.

How often should you receive Acupuncture treatments?

Consistency is Key. To get started, acupuncturists tend to recommend that patients come in once or even twice a week if a patient is able. A good rule of thumb is: if acupuncture is going to be able to “move the needle” on your experience of a condition, you should feel some effects within the first 6 treatments.