by Dr. James Powers, DACM, L.Ac.
The beauty of the fall season is upon us, but at the Center for Optimal Living, it seems the season of spring is eternal as the Center continues to flourish, expand, and innovate with new services such as the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol to bring optimal opportunities for health and healing for all associated with the Center.
Growth is change, so when making significant changes in your life, it is often essential to grow in new directions or try new avenues of healing to optimize your chances of success. I believe the adage attributed to Einstein about doing the same things over and over again but expecting different results as a definition of insanity is a useful message for us to keep in mind when we attempt to make positive changes in our lives. Unfortunately, many or even most of us can easily become stuck in useless or even harmful patterns such as smoking and find it very difficult to embark in a new direction. Take heart, you are not alone!
This is the reason something like NADA acupuncture can really give you a fresh perspective on going in a new direction in your life. Acupuncture is very different from the western model of medicine which tends to rely heavily on drugs with very light emphasis on prevention. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is absolutely 100% drug free and is very much geared towards prevention of diseases instead of waiting for diseases to progress into their most potent forms. Due to this holistic and preventative approach embedded in the art and science of acupuncture, the acupuncturist will not only give you a wonderful treatment but will also ideally counsel you about simple lifestyle changes you can make for bringing forth your optimal wellness!
But, what about those scary needles you ask?? Read on and you’ll discover those scary needles are not so scary after all!
Here are 7 reasons to try acupuncture at the Center for Optimal Living:
1) Acupuncture for detoxification programs is supported by the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Treatments, the U.N. and U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. In 2005, Reuben et al. estimated at least 1500 addiction programs offered acupuncture globally. As further evidence of NADA’s effectiveness, Yale Medical School established a NADA training program for its psychiatric residents. (Bemis, R. 2013)
2) Acupuncture has stood the test of time. Acupuncture is a wonderful healing method developed in China approximately 2,500 years ago and it is one of the most popular methods of healing in the world today. Having lived in China and in Taiwan, I have noticed the Chinese culture, like the American culture, is very practical and results orientated especially when it comes to health and longevity. In my opinion, acupuncture would not have lasted for so many years in China if it did not have true value as a healing art.
3) Acupuncture is very safe. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a US governmental organization, “Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles.” (NCCIH 2013) When seeking acupuncture services, it is essential to seek a licensed acupuncturist who has been properly trained with years of education and certified in clean needle techniques.
4) Acupuncture is virtually painless. The reason acupuncture is considered virtually painless is because unlike hollow hypodermic needles found at a western doctor’s office, acupuncture needles are made of solid stainless steel and are “hair” thin so most people feel nothing or a pinch sensation as the needles are inserted into the skin. Furthermore, acupuncture needles are categorized as medical devices and are thus regulated by the FDA so they are sterile, non-toxic and for single use only by qualified professionals.
5) Acupuncture is growing in popularity. An estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults utilized acupuncture in 2006 and the number of visits to acupuncturists tripled between 1997 and 2007 according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NCCIH 2013).
6) Acupuncture has basically no side effects. Acupuncture does not employ any types of drugs and
as mentioned previously, the needles are not hollow so nothing can be injected into your body.
This drug free fact is terrific news because many individuals are already taking multiple medications so a healing method which is drug free is preferable to avoid contributing to unforeseen drug interactions. Bruising is possible in acupuncture, but usually this is only a minor inconvenience when and if bruising occurs.
7) Acupuncture is supported by the World Health Organization. To have the endorsement of such an internationally prestigious organization as the WHO is a truly significant stamp of approval for acupuncture. Possibly, the most extensive list of conditions helped by acupuncture was compiled by the World Health Organization. The WHO in 2003 compiled a list of conditions improved by acupuncture and this list utilized 255 clinical trials; WHO listed 28 diseases, symptoms, or conditions which are effectively treated by acupuncture and a list of 63 disease, symptoms or conditions which acupuncture has demonstrated therapeutic effects, but needs further evidence of proof. (Chmielnicki 2014)
Whatever your season and whatever your reason, feel the vitality of spring time at the Center for Optimal Living. Acupuncture has stood the test of time and it is a safe, effective form of healing to help you meet your optimal wellness goals!
Bemis, R. (2013) Evidence for NADA Ear Acupuncture Protocol, Summary of Research/A Review of Literature. Retrieved from: https://acudetox.com/phocadownload/Research_Summary_2013%20(2).pdf
Chmielnicki B. (2014) Evidenced Based Acupuncture/ WHO official position Retrieved from: http://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position
NIH/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2013) Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth. (NCCIH Pub No.: D428). Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/chinesemed.htm
Dr. James Powers is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine; he is a NY State licensed acupuncturist and was nationally board certified in oriental medicine which he began studying in 2001. Dr. Powers has had success in treating addictive disorders, emotional trauma, musculoskeletal pain, menstrual issues, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression and other common disorders. He utilizes the extremely effective NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Protocol, which is promoted by various organizations such as the UN and Yale Medical School, for addictions and substance misuse.