Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment for many common ailments and Dr. Geersen practices both Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and ‘needle-less’ acupuncture – called auriculotherapy – for her needle-phobic friends.
She's seen great results with hard-to-treat diseases such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
In addition, she uses acupuncture to help with problems such as:
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
Acupuncture...Is It For Me?
Q: What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 5,000 year-old Chinese system of natural healing that stresses restoring proper energy flow to the various organs and glands. It also treats malfunction due to disrupted energies.
The Chinese definition of "health" is that all 400 trillion parts of the body are functioning normally. If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow of life force (called Chi in Chinese) then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.
Q: Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?
In either of the following locations:
1. The channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface.
2. The spinal column, where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerve endings.
Q: Are there other causes of disease besides those associated with interference of the transmission of energy flow?
Yes. Examples are hereditary factors, poisons, adverse environmental conditions, injury, malnutrition, etc.
Q: How do you detect the disturbances in energy flow within a patient?
Acupuncturists use many methods, including assessing certain signs, symptoms, pain spots and organ reflex points, and also by using pulse or instrumental findings.
Q: How are acupuncture treatments performed?
First the related skin points are determined, then they are treated by one of over thirty methods of stimulation, some of which are:
1. Long needle insertions (especially used in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery)
2. Short needle penetration
3. Non-piercing needles
4. Fingertip pressure
5. Metallic balls taped to the points
6. Electrical stimulation
Q: What are some of the conditions that respond to acupuncture?
Abnormal blood pressure
Some kidney problems
Loss of smell
Loss of hearing
Nervous and psychiatric conditions
The above list may seem long, as though acupuncture were a panacea. The truth is that most acupuncture textbooks list over two hundred diseases. Acupuncture is not like one drug used for one condition, on the contrary it is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the system of the body such as circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, etc, and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.
Q: How many patients respond favorably to acupuncture?
On average, 8 out of 10 patients respond favorably and two fail to respond favorably for a variety of reasons. Advanced age, severity of the condition, irreversible tissue damage, etc, are deterrents to recovery.
Q: Are spinal treatments necessary with acupuncture?
Absolutely. Spinal adjusting is part of the acupuncture health care. World authorities, including Dr. Feliz Mann, MD of England, Dr. Paul Nogier, MD of France and Dr. Kunzo Nagayama, MD of Japan, are vary emphatic on this aspect of "getting well." Dr. Mann states that many internal diseases are cured by the spinal adjustment alone. Leaving the adjustment (chiropractic care) out of the treatment plan invites failure.
Q: Does acupuncture have another name?
Yes. In fact, the word acupuncture is incorrect because it implies needles only. The proper wording is "meridian therapy" or ching lo chi liao in Chinese. It was named "acupuncture" in the 16th century by Portuguese sailors who knew no better. The name stuck.
Q: What kind of doctor should one go to for this type of health care?
Any doctor - chiropractor, osteopath or medical - who has the proper training, which means that he/she has received qualified training and passed exams to certify competence. This protects the public.
Q: Are there any other significant factors in healing besides skin point stimulation and vertebral adjustments?
Yes, there are four laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity: proper nutrition, adequate rest, moderate exercise and a positive mental attitude.
Q: Has any research been conducted as to the benefits of acupuncture?
Meridian therapy is natural healing based on knowledge of another biological principal new only to the western world. Soviet scientists Novinski and Vorobiev have proven the premise of ancient Chinese healing by localizing meridian points with a Wheatstone Bridge, which uses an alternating current to prevent polarization. This was fed by a generator of sonic frequency and recorded on a cathode ray oscillograph. When the electrode touched an active acupuncture point, the amplitude of the wave on the oscillograph diminished. Best results were derived from frequencies of a few kilohertz and voltage from several millivolts up to 4 volts.