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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture Therapy helps to restore the body to its natural balance and promotes the body's ability to heal itself. An acupuncture treatment involves the painless insertion and manipulation of flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points on the body. Modern research has shown that acupuncture is a safe, effective, and chemical-free way to promote the body's remarkable self-healing abilities.

How does it work, and what is 'Qi'?

There is a complex, alive network of "Vital Energy" or "Qi" (pronounced  'chee') flowing along invisible channels or “Meridians”, which run close to the surface of the living human body, as well as deep within it. Qi energy is carried to all of the tissues and organs of the body through these meridians, and vitally supports health and normal functioning. Although the meridians and the Qi are unseen (like electricity powering a house), we can feel the effects of Qi in many ways: Deficient Qi can feel like fatigue or poor digestion for instance, while stuck or stagnant Qi can feel like tension, stress, muscle tightness and temporary physical pains like headache; while excessive Qi can potentially lead to hyperactivity, racing thoughts, bodily warmth and emotional extremes. These are just a few of many different ways that changes in one's vital energy can profoundly affect energy levels, moods, and physical health, creating many familiar symptoms and syndromes. Acupuncture therapy works by tapping into specific "Acu-points" along these invisible Meridians and 'unlocking' and correcting the Qi flow to increase, release or rebalance the energy. Stimulation or sedation of the points in turn promotes relief of pain, improved functioning, emotional balance or resolution of illness. In addition, injuries can be healed much faster with acupuncture, as it promotes an increase of circulation and reduction of pain and swelling, and even increases cellular repair, by opening up the Qi flow through the injured area.

Most patients find the sensations produced by acupuncture treatment to be deeply relaxing both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture returns the body to its
natural state of balance and harmony.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. 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 am licensed by the state of New Mexico. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized and packaged, disposable single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

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Rebecca B. Nye, DOM (NM)

  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (PCOM-NY 2008)
  • NCCAOM - Nationally Board Certified in Oriental Medicine
  • NMSAAM - New Mexico Society for Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
  • ASNY - Acupuncture Society of New York
  • ASA - American Society of Acupuncturists