Tired of taking drugs for
Bothered by the side effects?
Millions of people have found acupuncture to be a better solution than drugs or surgery. With a 3,000-year history, acupuncture successfully addresses chronic ailments and manages pain.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless alternative for treating:
Arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain and carpal tunnel
Allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems
Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
Depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress
And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues
Dr. Nygren is certified by the
Ohio State Chiropractic Board to practice acupuncture
and is a diplomate of the
International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is generally safe. Serious side effects are very rare - less than one per 10,000 treatments.
Does acupuncture have side effects?
You need to be aware that;
- drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients, and , if affected, you are advised not to drive:
- minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments;
- pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments;
- existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). You should tell your acupuncturist about this, but it is usually a good sign;
- fainting can occur in certain patients, particularly at the first treatment.
Extremely rare risks (these have extremely low incidence, especially when acupuncture is administered correctly)
- nerve damage
- organ puncture
- infection (the risk of infection is negligible when all needles are sterile)
In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you.
Is there anything your practitioner needs to know?
Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let your practitioner know:
- if you have ever fainted or felt faint;
- if you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants;
- if you have bleeding disorder;
- if you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication;
- if you have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection.
Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
While receiving needle acupuncture treatments please communicate with Dr. Nygren what you experience during the needling process. This will enable her to adjust needles and the points selected to maximize your comfort during the treatment.
What to expect?
Everyone responds to treatment differently therefore, we cannot guarantee the outcome of treatment.
- Some individuals experience total or partial relief of their pain or symptoms after the first few treatments.
- Others notice steady, gradual improvement.
- In some cases, no relief is felt at all until several days go by.
- Occasionally, some people notice that their pain actually seems to be worse before it gets better.
- Let us know how you responded to the previous treatment at the time of your follow-up visits, so that your treatment plan can be adjusted accordingly.
How does it work?
The human body's energy flow courses over 12 meridians that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body. Maintaining balance in
the 12 meridians is what acupuncture seeks to do.
What's the main difference between
Acupuncture & Western medicine?
They both evaluate, prevent and care for the same disorders, just with different approaches and theories. For example, western medical research has emphasized accuracy in understanding anatomical structure. This has made precision in surgery possible and encouraged the development of
in-depth tools like the microscope, x-rays, MRI's and more. In contrast, acupuncture has always looked at how natural forces, functioning both external and internal bodily environments, affect people. Acupuncture grasps an understanding of how blood and energy (QI) circulate in health and disease. It also acknowledges how changing seasonal and weather conditions may interfere with normal health. Acupuncture seeks to allow the disturbed flow of blood and life-energy to return to their proper condition of harmony and balance.
What actually happens when an acupuncture needle is inserted?
The needle contacts and regulates an inner force called Qi, which creates changes in your internal environment and restores your health. The circulation of Qi is like an invisible maintenance crew, whose tasks keep the body running smoothly. Qi is behind every physiological and psychological function, from the circulation of the blood to the prevention of emotional hysteria. If Qi is not flowing well, guided needles are inserted to return the inner workings to as normal a state as possible. Guided needles actually perform more than 150 different healing activities, like releasing blockages and restoring strength.
Exactly how many needles do you use to correct a problem?
Anywhere from 1 to 60 or more needles could be used, but the exact number used is not as important as how the needles are inserted. On evaluation of the patient's condition, Dr. Nygren seeks the most useful set of points to get the job done. You may find changes in the locations and quantities of needles from visit to visit. Since acupuncture is very flexible, which points are used will vary to meet the needs of the patient as different
plateaus of correction are reached.
How deep do the needles go?
Contact with Qi energy is made by inserting the needle under the skin. Most points require the needle to only penetrate the superficial layers of the skin, while other points require deeper insertion - from 1-3 inches. It all depends on the body part, the condition, and the treatment objectives.
How long do the needles stay in?
For immediate "tonification" or increase of energy, a five to ten minute stimulus may suffice. Clearing procedures to get rid of harmful congestion take longer. The average visit is 15-30 minutes.
Do needles hurt?
The needles do not usually hurt, except an occasional pinching sensation. Acupuncture needles are thin, hair-like solid filaments.
Often acupuncture pins stimulate a pleasant sensation while the
body experiences a recovery.
How many treatments are needed?
Obviously the number of treatments vary with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute ones. Some patients notice immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the 7th or 8th visit. It's been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy. A small number of patients will receive a worsening of symptoms, as the bodes energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm. It is followed by improvement. Researchers internationally agree that the usual number of treatments is between 8 and 16.
Patients are urged to not enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of "taking a few" to see what will happen. Even though it is possible to achieve success, a program of 10 visits would have
a better chance for success.
How do I prepare for a treatment?
Eat something light and be well hydrated. Women should bring
shorts and a cami with thin straps to expose the upper back.
Men should bring shorts and a loose tank shirt.
How much does a treatment cost?
New Patient Exam & AcuGraph...…….........……....….$100
1 Acupuncture Session (less than 40 needles)...........$37
1 Acupuncture Session (more than 40 needles).........$42
Comparison AcuGraph (every 5 visits)>>................$27
Cupping or Electrodes to the needles are an additional charge.
AcuGraph is used to evaluate the 12 main meridians and provide a picture of a person's energetic health and balance. This pain free process involves measuring electrical conductivity at responsive points on the hands and feet. The locations of the test points correspond to the most active points on each meridian. These measurements are recorded to help provide a profile of a patient's present condition in the form of a graph, like such:
According to European medical research, acupuncture points are related to the body's organs and organ systems. Major groups of points are connected through channels, or meridians. There are twelve main meridians, most of which are named after known organs, like the heart, liver, lungs, bladder, kidneys, etc.
As a patient moves toward or away from health, the condition of
any particular organ system can be sensed along the meridian. A red line means the energy is too high. A blue line means the energy is too low. A pink line means the energy is out of balance left to right. In either of these cases, it is telling us that the body is "stressed."
If you compare this to a radio station, it's like being out of "tune"--it's fuzzy. If you adjust the frequency you can be in tune and it will sound crystal clear. Like this, certain acupuncture points can be stimulated and it will "tune" the body.
Overall, AcuGraph provides a completely non-invasive method for gaining valuable information about the body's vital functions. The primary objective is to reveal patterns of stress and then a program for restoring each system and meridian to an appropriate balance.