= Menu

What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture? - Marion Bergan in Berkshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox, WindsorSeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting needles at specific points on the body, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

Although the most common reason people in the United States seek acupuncture tends to be pain related conditions, acupuncture is a complete medical system that is capable of successfully treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to promote the body's remarkable self-healing abilities.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

 
Oprah's First Acupuncture Treatment: Oprah Tell's you what it feels like!

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have up to 10 to 12 treatments to resolve your condition, but you will usually begin to feel relief after the first treatment. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Marion Bergan offers safe, effective Acupuncture, Eden Energy Medicine,cupping, moxibustion in Berkshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox, WindsorYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and maintain current Board Certification as well as licenses in the States of New York and Massachusetts. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

Before you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form to bring with you. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

What is Acupuncture? - Marion Bergan in Berkshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox, WindsorAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will palpate your abdomen and examine your pulse and tongue, which are basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, you will rest comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicinePain

  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines                
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

What is Acupuncture? - Marion Bergan in Berkshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox, Windsor
Tapping into the Acupuncture Point

Contact us:
518.229.8188

 

Located at:

What is Acupuncture? - Marion Bergan in Berkshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox, Windsor

63 Flansburg Ave
Dalton, MA 01226