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Safe & Effective

General
Acupuncture

IMMA is where ancient wisdom meets modern healing. Our expertly administered acupuncture treatments offer a unique pathway to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and restore balance to your body and mind. Embrace this time-tested practice and unlock a healthier, more harmonious you, as you journey towards holistic well-being.

Safe & Effective

General
Acupuncture

IMMA is where ancient wisdom meets modern healing. Our expertly administered acupuncture treatments offer a unique pathway to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and restore balance to your body and mind. Embrace this time-tested practice and unlock a healthier, more harmonious you, as you journey towards holistic well-being.
Not at all! Your comfort is our utmost priority. The needles we use are incredibly fine—think hair-thin. You might feel a momentary sensation upon insertion, but it swiftly fades away. During treatment, sensations vary; some experience nothing, while others may feel a gentle tingling or a mild, fleeting ache. Rest assured, any discomfort is typically minimal and fleeting.
 
Throughout our practice, we’ve welcomed patients with needle phobias, and their experience has been transformative. Many have been pleasantly surprised by how much they’ve come to love acupuncture. Our practitioners are dedicated to ensuring your comfort, checking in regularly to ensure you’re entirely pain-free throughout your session.
The frequency of acupuncture sessions can depend on various factors, including your condition, age, severity, longevity, and your body’s response. Initially, regular sessions will be recommended, often twice a week, weekly or bi-weekly. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. If you are coming in with acute pain, treatments are more likely to be twice a week for a few weeks until symptoms dissipate.
 
Think of acupuncture treatments like a carefully prescribed course of antibiotics. Just as antibiotics are dosed to combat an infection effectively, acupuncture sessions are tailored to your specific needs and condition. Each session builds upon the last, working in harmony to support your body’s natural healing process. Consistency and the right ‘dose’ of sessions can make a significant difference in achieving the best results for your health and well-being.
Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, typically with fine needles, to prompt physiological responses. These points, often referred to as acupoints, correspond with nerve endings, muscles, and connective tissues. When these points are stimulated, it triggers the nervous system to release various biochemicals, such as endorphins (natural painkillers) and neurotransmitters.
 
From a scientific perspective, the stimulation of acupoints sends signals to the brain, activating regions that modulate pain perception, inflammation, and the body’s overall homeostatic mechanisms. This process influences nerve impulses, blood flow, and hormonal levels, promoting natural healing and regulating bodily functions.
 
Additionally, acupuncture affects the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily functions like heart rate, digestion, and stress responses. By modulating this system, acupuncture restores balance and improves overall well-being.
In Eastern terms, acupuncture channels, also known as meridians, are pathways through which the vital energy, Qi, flows throughout the body. These meridians connect various organs and tissues, creating a network that influences overall health and well-being. Acupuncture points are specific locations along these meridians where an acupuncturist can stimulate the flow of Qi using thin needles, pressure, or heat. By accessing these points, practitioners aim to rebalance the flow of Qi and restore harmony to the body’s systems.
 
In Western terms, acupuncture channels and points can be likened to areas of concentrated neural and connective tissue activity. These points often correspond to nerve endings, muscle trigger points, or areas with a higher density of blood vessels. Stimulating these points through acupuncture techniques can trigger the release of neurotransmitters, such as endorphins and serotonin, modulating pain perception, reducing inflammation, and promoting overall relaxation. From a Western perspective, these points are seen as gateways to influence the body’s neurophysiology, impacting pain signaling, immune response, and various physiological functions.
In understanding the concept of qi, we encounter a term that defies simple translation into English. Qi is often described as the ‘life force’ or ‘energy,’ yet its true essence transcends these words. At IMMA, we delight in bridging Eastern concepts with Western understanding. In Chinese characters, the symbol for qi, 氣, comprises two pictograms: 气, representing air, and 米, symbolizing rice. Together, 氣 evokes the steam rising from cooked rice.
 
It’s crucial to note that qi isn’t the rice itself or merely the steam; instead, it embodies the perpetual state of transformation between the material and immaterial. Much like the transition from raw grains to cooked rice, qi represents this constant motion and change.
 
In high school biology class, we learn about the Krebs cycle, where we learn how oxygen and glucose combine to create ATP, which fuels our energy. In Chinese medicine, when we refer to ‘Qi,’ we discuss the fusion of “air Qi” and “food Qi”, resulting in what we call “Source Qi”. In Western terms, this concept aligns with the citric acid cycle or the Krebs cycle. This cycle is the powerhouse behind generating and supplying us with the energy necessary for our daily activities and tasks. It’s the biological process that keeps us fueled and ready for life’s demands.
 
In Chinese medicine, a person in good health is believed to have a harmonious qi flow. Conversely, pain or illness arises from disruptions or blockages in this flow. Acupuncturists aim to pinpoint these blockages, restoring the smooth flow of qi to facilitate the body’s innate healing abilities.
The journey to become an acupuncturist is quite extensive. Acquiring a license in acupuncture typically involves completing a rigorous four-year Master of Science program, which includes several comprehensive board examinations in both eastern and western medicine. For those pursuing a doctorate in acupuncture, the dedication extends to five years of in-depth study. It’s a path that demands years of commitment and a thorough understanding of this healing art.

Evidence of effectiveness For Over 117 conditions

Our study found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost-effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness is increasing.

• Stephan Janz, Acupuncture Evidence Project

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Let our team of skilled acupuncturists be your partners in wellness. We’re dedicated to providing you with care that goes beyond just treatment. At Imma, your health, comfort, and well-being are our top priorities.

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