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Acupuncture is a natural treatment involving the insertion of hair-thin needles at precise points to stimulate blood and energy flow and support the body’s immune response – without medication or surgery.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture began thousands of years ago in ancient China with the discovery that stimulating specific areas on the skin affects the flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), through the body’s network of pathways, or meridians. Today, acupuncture has evolved into a proven scientific system of healing that works to restore balance in the entire body rather than healing individual parts.

Acupuncture functions like your body’s immune system when it responds to a cut by forming a scab. By inserting needles into specific anatomical points in nerves, muscles and connective tissues, our licensed acupuncturists can direct energy to areas that need healing and release your natural healing chemicals and painkillers. This helps to restore balance across the body’s interconnected systems.

Why Is Acupuncture Important?

The flow of energy in the human body can be affected by a wide range of lifestyle and environmental factors, such as physical pain and injuries, psychological and emotional stress, poor nutrition, toxins, bacteria, and viruses. When meridians become congested and energy can’t reach its destination, the body’s systems can become imbalanced. This can result in pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, fatigue, brain fog, poor digestion, poor sleep, skin disorders, and a variety of other health issues.

At Natural Healthcare Center, our goal is always to treat the whole person and make sure the entire body is in balance. This makes acupuncture an extremely valuable treatment option, especially when combined with our other services. Our licensed acupuncturists use a variety of acupuncture techniques to restore balance and promote healing, while ongoing treatments can help to maintain balance and prevent disease and injury. Acupuncture can also reduce reliance on opioids and other prescription painkillers.

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?

The World Health Organization lists about three dozen diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven to be beneficial in clinical trials. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests acupuncture is an effective treatment for a much broader range of conditions. New research is being released on a regular basis, and the acupuncturists at Natural Healthcare Center stay up to date on the latest data and techniques.

Conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include but are not limited to:

  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Joint pain (hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, foot, hand, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.)
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • TMJ disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Shingles
  • Sports and repetitive use injuries
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Insomnia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Side effects of cancer treatment
  • Postoperative pain
  • Women’s reproductive issues, such as infertility and symptoms of PMS and menopause
  • Pregnancy discomfort and labor
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

How Does Acupuncture Fit into Our Integrative Model of Care?

Natural Healthcare Center is not an acupuncture practice. It’s a place of healing that accounts for all three aspects of the Triad of Health – the physical, the nutritional and the psychological. Acupuncture is one of many valuable services we can use to help patients restore and maintain a state of optimal health by activating the body’s natural healing powers.

The concept of bio-individuality applies to acupuncture. Our licensed acupuncturists recognize that two people can have the same problem but experience different symptoms. They can also have the same symptoms but different root causes. We’ll take the time to determine where energy is blocked and what areas need healing, and recommend a specialized treatment plan to get your body back in balance and accelerate the healing process.

Did You Know…

Although acupuncture has been around for 5,000 years and is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine, it wasn’t until 1972 that acupuncture grew in popularity in the U.S. A New York Times reporter covering President Nixon’s visit to China was forced to have an emergency appendectomy and acupuncture provided great pain relief after surgery. The reporter wrote about his experience when he returned to the U.S. and introduced millions to the healing powers of acupuncture.

The First Step: Your Complimentary Consultation

If you’ve had an injury or you’re dealing with chronic pain or discomfort, schedule a complimentary consultation at Natural Healthcare Center. Bring your healthcare records, diagnostic imaging, test results, prescriptions and nutritional supplements. Dr. Proodian will review your records, discuss your history, answer your questions and offer recommendations to address your specific condition – all at no charge.

Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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Flagship Office

10 West End Court
Long Branch, NJ 07740
P: (732) 222-2219
(732) 229-8863
Monday: 8AM-7PM
Tuesday: 8AM–7PM
Wednesday: 8AM–7PM
Thursday: 9AM–3PM
Friday: 8AM–7PM
Saturday: 9AM–1PM
Sunday: Closed

Middletown Office

9 Leonardville Rd
Middletown, NJ 07748
P: (732) 671-9005
(732) 671-9006
Monday: 9AM–8PM
Tuesday: 10-3PM
Wednesday: 9AM–8PM
Thursday: 9AM–8PM
Friday: 9AM–6PM
Saturday: 10AM–1PM
Sunday: Closed