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Acupuncture: Restoring Balance

Person receiving acupuncture

Person receiving acupuncture

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Acupuncture is now practiced at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Acupuncture's aim is to support health by restoring and maintaining balance between yin (quiescent) and yang (active) energetic states. The person's body-mind-spirit is treated as an integrated whole.

Acupuncture is useful for a wide variety of conditions, including pain treatment and/or management. It is typically useful in treating multiple conditions simultaneously at physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

Acupuncturists use very fine-gauge, sterile, solid, single-use, stainless steel needles which are placed at defined anatomic points beneath the skin surface. Various mechanisms of action are proposed and under study, including local release of pain mediating substances, activation of the gate mechanism, endocrine system stimulation, and central nervous system effects.

Group Ear Acupuncture sessions are available at the Washington DC VA Medical Center twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. To participate, a consult placed by your provider and orientation with WRIISC are needed. Ask your Primary Care provider if Group Ear Acupuncture is right for you.

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