Acupuncture remains heavily influenced by its roots in Chinese philosophy, which, in turn, is permeated with the ideals of balance and flow within the context of your body, lifestyle, and world around you. At it’s most basic, acupuncture is based on the belief that illness and pain are caused by blockages in the body’s energy flow, qi (pronounced “chee”) through its pathways, called meridians. By inserting small needles into the skin at various points along these meridians, the blockages are removed and the flow of qi restored.
Many of us living in this modern technological age might be surprised that acupuncture actually does have corresponding measurable effects examined by science. There are several studies using ultrasound and acupuncture which demonstrate increased circulation / blood flow where the needles are placed. Neuroimaging studies, for example, have revealed that acupuncture relaxes areas of the brain associated with pain and activates the areas associated with rest and relaxation. Many of the acupuncture “points” used correspond to nerve bundles and muscle trigger points. Even several of the meridians, along which practitioners believe qi runs, correlate to major arteries and nerves. Also, according to ultrasound studies performed, it appears that connective tissue wraps around acupuncture needles when they are inserted and rotated, producing an effect much like massage or yoga on those tissues.
Due to its overall effects and health benefits, acupuncture is ideal for a wide range of physical and emotional ailments. One popular use of acupuncture is to alleviate pain, whether from back pain, headache, migraine, or any other condition which produces discomfort. It’s also been used effectively for women’s health, including fertility, PMS, menopause, and even for help with discomfort during pregnancy and delivery. Additionally, many have found it to be ideal in overcoming smoking and other addictive behaviors. Emotional issues such as depression and anxiety have found themselves amenable to acupuncture treatments.
Of course, acupuncture is really ideal for overall health maintenance and well-being. Many people find that regular treatments with a knowledgeable and experienced acupuncturist helps to maintain balanced energy, contribute to weight loss, decrease stress, and increase overall feelings of happiness and well-being.
Minimally invasive and virtually without side effects, acupuncture is the perfect blend of ancient Eastern medicine and cutting-edge scientific evidence for the treatment of most ills and ailments.
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Laurie Binder is a Doctor of Acupuncture, Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner, Certified Health Consultant and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She has over 20 years experience in health care. She began her journey as an RN working in oncology and intensive care. She moved to same-day surgery and then as a labor and delivery nurse in New York, where she became passionate about birth and women’s health.
Moving home to the West Coast, she taught childbirth classes at Santa Monica – UCLA hospital for over 10 years. She expanded her knowledge and became an OB/GYN nurse practitioner specializing in fertility and women’s health. She served two very different populations; a large fertility practice in Beverly Hills and a women’s community clinic in Santa Monica.
It was during her work in women’s health that she discovered Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. She has had her acupuncture practice for over 15 years. She skillfully combines her Western medical background with her great knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine for optimal patient care.
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