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LIve Better... Longer
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all die young . . . late in life?
As members of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians, we know that there really is no such thing as anti-aging – but we also know that although we all have to get old, you don’t have to get sick and old!
Science is beginning to reveal that vibrant energy, mental clarity, freedom from pain, lowered disease risk and good sex are possible late into life if we work on it. Although modern medicine has extended our lifespan – it hasn’t exended our health span! (Health span is the time you spend health, happy and fruitful)
At Health Builders Wellness Center, our focus is on extending and optimizing your health span. Our bio-marker longevity plan involves measuring dozens of “bio-markers” – tests that when considered all together – identify how healthy you are aging. And anti-aging isn’t for the aged, as 75% of health outcomes later in life are influenced while you are in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), considered to be man’s oldest continuous comprehensive system of health care with a history of over five thousand years! TCM is a system of health care that is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that health is maintained by a balanced flow of vital energy inherent within all living things. This vital energy is called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”).
How does acupuncture work?
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. In developing an understanding of the prevention and treatment of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called “meridians.” Each pathway or meridian is associated with a particular part of the body, including internal organs. Disease is considered to arise due to an imbalance of energy in the meridians.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. This is just one of the many theories as to how acupuncture may work. The basic question – how does acupuncture actually work – remains unanswered from a western perspective.
Does acupuncture really work?
Acupuncture has been shown to work in thousands of cases over thousands of years. Many studies and clinical trials as well as thousands of satisfied patients can testify that it works – but the question of how, remains to be discovered by western scrutiny.
Is acupuncture safe?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable, used once and then discarded.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without any discomfort. You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatment very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment.
What can I expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated by acupuncture rapidly, some conditions however, will respond only with slow, steady progress. Although acupuncture can treat most conditions, often acupuncture can treat most conditions, often acupuncture is utilized with other modalities such as nutrition, chiropractic and conventional medicine. The focus at Health Builders is to utilize an integrated approach in helping people achieve their health goals. Acupuncture is often an integral part of a multi-disciplinary approach.
Non-toxic, effective cost-savings health care
“One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.”
The World Health Organization has cited 104 different conditions that acupuncture can treat including:
Gastrointestinal disorders: peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis
Urogenital disorders: stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction
Gynecological disorders: irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
Respiratory disorders: emphysema, chronic sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
Musculosketal disorders: arthritis, headache, neck, back and facial pain, shoulder, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia
Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders
Emotional and physical disorders, including anxiety and depression
Supportive therapy for other chronic and painful disorders
Chronic pain: Pain management is one of the most recognized benefits of acupuncture. In fact, most of the Western studies on acupuncture have been done on acupuncture’s pain-killing effects.
Will my insurance pay for acupuncture?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Currently about 40% of insurance companies pay for acupuncture, depending on its use.
How do I find a qualified practitioner?
Keep in mind that in New Jersey, there are two “types” of practitioners in the professsion of acupuncture: physician and non-physician acupuncturists. A medical or osteopathic doctor merely has to complete 300 hours of acupuncture training, whereas a non-physician has to take a three-year program consisting of over 3,000 hours of acupuncture training!
In New Jersey, acupuncturists are licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners, acupuncture Examining Board, after they have graduated from an approved school and passed a state licensing examination.
At Health Builders, acupuncturists are licensed in New Jersey and are certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Daniel Bies and Erin Bies have been practicing acupuncture since 1998.
To see if acupuncture is appropriate for you and your health condition, or for general information, contact us.