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How does Acupuncture work?

We utilize surgically sterile, single-use stainless-steel needles to work with the over 400 acupuncture points in the body. Biomedically,  acupuncture strongly stimulates the vagus nerve to modulate proinflammatory cytokines - proteins that increase the production of inflammation and lead to pain. The longest nerve in the body has an enormous influence over several bodily responses, from consciousness to reducing the symptoms of arthritis to being the root of what we call "gut feelings." 

Neurologically speaking, acupuncture stimuli encompasses a broad network of regions consistent with not just somatosensory, but also affective and cognitive processing.

Acupuncture helps to to realign the energetic pathways of your body - pathways that encompass nerve roots, blood and other bodily fluids, electrical impulses, and biomagnetic wavelengths. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points, which are part of a comprehensive web that spans the entire human body. When the body is out of balance - physically, emotionally, or spiritually - these intricate workings can create a cascading effect of pathological conditions. Acupuncture utilizes this web to promote healing by properly redirecting the natural flow of energy within the person. Doing so gets you back on track to attaining and maintaining optimal holistic health.


Does it hurt?

For most people acupuncture is relatively painless. That doesn't mean it lacks sensation: initially, you may feel a slight pinch, but that generally disappears instantaneously. Oftentimes, you feel nothing at all. Sensations of pressure and movement are perfectly normal. During a session at Acupuncture of Tarrytown, we encourage your feedback: What are you feeling? Do you have any questions? Acupuncture is most therapeutic when you're at ease, so if that means asking all your questions in the middle of the treatment, we welcome it! 



What does it treat?

Acupuncture can help with most anything, from chronic headaches (such as tension or migraine) and insomnia to the side effects of chemotherapy. Research also shows it can also be helpful in degenerative conditions such as dementia