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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are becoming more and more popular here in the United States today. Acupuncture users (including former and recent users) increased from 4.2% to 6.3% of the population, representing 8.19 million and 14.01 million users in 2002 and 2007, respectively. This trend is continuing. People not only used acupuncture as a complementary and alternative approach to conventional treatment for a specific health condition, but also used it as a preventive means to promote general health.

Effectiveness and safety appeared not to be the main predictors of acupuncture use; rather, results, awareness, cost, and insurance coverage play a bigger role in decision making. And if you’re already familiar with Acupuncture, then I urge you to familiarize yourself with the Sustaining Life Wellness Center Difference.

All natural, safe, practically painless, effective and drug-free acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of needle therapy which is gaining more and more popularity in America for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. During a treatment, very thin, hairlike needles are inserted at specific points on the body. The Chinese call these points “neural nodes” and the stimulation of these nodes affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties. If you have pain that is constantly nagging at you or is not being treated or relived by other modalities, then acupuncture offers a very reliable and consistent method of pain relief.

Needle Acupuncture

At Sustaining Life Wellness Center, we specialize in a rarely-mastered style of acupuncture. Our form of Acupuncture varies widely from the typical traditional based treatments of mainstream American practices that one can receive here in the United States, and the results are far more effective and sustainable.

Our Needling technique produces instantaneous pain relief often described as “PLACEBO EFFECT,” (meaning based on traditional America Medical Treatments; they can’t figure out how Chinese-based Acupuncture works, so, it’s labled as not real because it doesn’t come in a pill, a shot, or as some other type of American-based treatment that contains an active substance meant to affect health while usually causing an adverse side-effect.)

We enable our patients to instantly and effectively get relief from pain. Our style of acupuncture also helps to create a treatment matrix for some of the more difficult conditions which are resistant to other types of American treatment modalities.

The acupuncture points used are in very specific places on the body. The patient can lay on their back facing up and doesn’t need to remove any clothing. The treatments are efficient, comfortable and extremely effective.

The AcuGraph

The evidence-based approach to acupuncture is a categorical improvement in acupuncture care. Evidence-based care means our patients have real-time insight into meridian energetics and together we can make better treatment decisions for improved patient outcomes.

Our AcuGraph System includes an extensive library of acupuncture points, patterns, and treatments to help us design the most effective treatment plan quickly. You’ll enjoy increased confidence and improved outcomes with AcuGraph. It’s technology you can trust.

Objective evidence shows our patients exactly what’s wrong, demonstrates how you’re improving, and provides proof of results. Communication is the key to patient relationships, and explaining acupuncture isn’t always easy. AcuGraph’s visual tools provide instant understanding and patient awareness, acceptance and transparency.

We print results in full-color reports for patients to use in home care or show to others. There’s no easier way to help our patients “see the Chi” (systems of Chinese medicine and exercise, the most important energy that a person has).

The Exam

The AcuGraph gathers its information in a simple, two-minute exam, with measurement points located on the hands and feet for speed and convenience. Photographic illustrations show the points while computer voice prompts automatically guide us through the exam process, and ensures proper timing of each measurement.

Upon exam completion, our exclusive IntelliGraph™ technology provides the most accurate exam verification and interpretation available. You can trust the AcuGraph to give you the right information, every time.

Do You Want Acupuncture But Hate Needles?

For many people, there’s one thing that holds them back from enjoying the benefits of acupuncture: fear of needles. There’s a spectrum of needle fears, ranging from downright needle phobic to being moderately concerned about the whole voluntarily-being-stuck-with-needles thing. Regardless, fear of needles is the number-one reason people choose to forego acupuncture.

5 things to remember if you’re scared of getting acupuncture:

  1. They’re nothing like the needles you know. Needle apprehension is very common and natural, considering that we have been conditioned to associate needles with pain — think dentists, blood draws, and IVs, but acupuncture needles are hair-thin and nothing like the needles we are accustomed to in a medical setting. Acupuncture is the most gentle form of needling possible. If acupuncture was anything like getting a shot, many acupucturist wouldn’t be in business! Most people who have never had acupuncture do not realize how thin acupuncture needles are. They bend when you touch them.
  2. Kids do it. The needling sensation from acupuncture is so gentle that even kids are cool with it. If children are okay with getting acupuncture, it can’t be that bad. We take a similar approach when faced with needle-phobic adults. When adults tell me they are afraid of needles, I share anecdotes about a child I recently saw who was really brave, or I tell them, ‘This morning, I did acupuncture on a two-month old.' Or I show them Acupuncturist Robin Green’s website dedicated to kids loving acupuncture; they really do!
  3. Don't call them needles. Sometimes just changing terminology can help relieve needle fears. I have several patients who refer to acupuncture needles as "magical healing sticks.” This tiny shift in perception, away from the western-medical ‘needle,’ can help to release fears and phobias around acupuncture. I personally call them Therapeutic Point Stimulators.
  4. You're in control. People commonly assume that they cannot move once the acupuncture needles are in place. They just lie there stiff as a board hoping they don’t endure excruciating pain or damage their insides. Understandably, this leads to a lot of anxiety and out-of-control feelings. But it’s not true. We will go at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. If you want to start with only a few needles and not keep them in very long, tell us that. If you want to pull out a needle that’s bothering you, simply let us know. I tell my patients that we can go as slow as they want so that they feel like they are part of the experience. Acupuncture is not about something happening to you. You have a voice.
  5. It’s not all about needles. If the needles really freak you out, there are other modalities that acupuncturists can use. Acupuncturists are trained in several healing techniques, and only one of them uses needles. There’s acupressure, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, ear seeds, qigong, herbs, among others. None of these things involve needles.

The results far outweighs the minimal discomfort

AcuGraph displays exam results in nine different graph styles, each masterfully designed to convey precise information in an easy-to-read format. Our patented PIE score and graph provide unsurpassed patient education and helps our patients with commiting to living a life of “Vibrant Health, Lived Well.”