What is Acupuncture?

Several 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 and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

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. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

There are several Western scientific theories about why Acupuncture works:

Acupuncture causes increased blood flow around the site of the needle insertions. This helps promote the body's own natural healing response by bringing more specialized blood cells such as macrophages, helper t-cells, and oxygen rich red blood cells to the area. This is how the body repairs itself when there is injury such as a strain or sprain, or tissue repeatedly traumatized through over-use. 

We know that Acupuncture points are areas of heightened electrical sensitivity. Some think that by activating these points, the body sends signals to the the part of the brain that releases neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones--and some of these substances are up to 200 times more potent than morphine. This may be why Acupuncture is so helpful for pain relief!

Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain. It does this through a process that re-normalizes how the body/brain processes the pain signals. Acupuncture's ability to treat chronic pain without the use of opioid drugs, is gaining attention from researchers, as it is one of the most effective ways to help patients dealing with chronic, debilitating pain.

Acupuncture is very effective at relaxing shortened spasmed muscles. By causing the muscle fibers to briefly contract, and then relax, the muscles are lengthened again, which reduces strain on nearby joints, nerves, and other muscles attempting to stabilize or "splint" the injured area.

And, perhaps most important in our modern, stressful lifestyles, Acupuncture is very effective at reducing stress. By activating the "rest and repair" part of the nervous system--which counterbalances the "fight or flight" part of the nervous system--Acupuncture promotes healthier digestion, improved sleep, decreased anxiety and depression, and regulation of mood.

Ultimately, the proof is in the results. A therapy that is 3000 years old would not still be in use as a primary form of medicine if it wasn't effective. Acupuncture is now used in the military to ease pain and decrease likelihood of PTSD (so-called Battlefield Acupuncture). It is widely available in top hospitals and health care systems such as the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and others. I practice this medicine because of how effective it is.


Acupuncture - Marana Acupuncture in Tucson, Arizona

Dawn-starr Crowther, L.Ac. offers Acupuncture in Tucson, Arizona

Marana Acupuncture offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Tucson, Arizona


Acupuncture - Marana Acupuncture in Tucson, Arizona

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