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FAQ

This section is designed to help answer the common questions that are asked about acupuncture and our services.

If this does not help to fully answer your question, please do not hesitate to call us, e-mail us, or ask us during your

appointment.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a unique form of therapy that promotes natural healing of the body. The science and art of acupuncture has been practiced effectively for thousands of years, and involves the typically pain-free insertion of tiny needles into specific points along the meridians of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

Currently, there is not an overarching Western scientific theory that collaboratively explains all of the physiological responses elicited by acupuncture. This is because acupuncture has such a multitude of therapeutic effects on the body that the action must vary depending on the type of pathology. However, it is proven that acupuncture primarily produces its results via regulation of the nervous system. Doing so aids the activity of biochemicals, such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. Studies have additionally shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. The altered neurological function affects the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and autonomic body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

In the Traditional Chinese Medicine system, the body is viewed as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. It is believed that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state, and that disease is due to an imbalance of yin and yang. Such an imbalance leads to blockage in vital energy potential, otherwise known as qi, along pathways known as meridians. It is essential for qi, as well as blood, to circulate in a continual and unobstructed manner for good health of the mind and body.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Pain sensitivity does vary from patient to patient, but in general the insertion of a needle is practically unnoticeable. The needles are single-use, individually packaged, and hair-thin -- if there is to be a sensation felt, it is one similar to a mosquito bite.

I've seen many Western doctors, why should acupuncture make a difference?

We see patients with these questions every day: patients who have sought help through conventional medicine for a variety of health concerns, to no avail. The mistake of utilizing acupuncture as a last-ditch effort is one often made. Acupuncture address the body as the true network system that it is, so as opposed to treating the symptoms, the true root of the problem and all subsequent effects are treated. We know that the body is comprised of systems that are constantly in communication with each other, but oftentimes a "band-aid" solution is what is provided in our current healthcare system. Acupuncture promotes not only healing, but long-term health maintenance.

What makes the eCenter different from the standard acupuncture clinic?

Jocelyne Eberstein's career speaks for itself; be it her work in the field of nuclear medicine technology that provides for an extensive knowledge of Western medicine, her revered work in the field of acupuncture, or her extended studies in China. However, what really makes her such an effective healer is her drive to further her education. Jocelyne was one of the first acupuncturists to become board certified in Acupuncture Orthopedics, and is a Qualified Medical Examiner and a Diplomat in Acupuncture and Herbology (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture). She is continually travelling across the country to attend various conferences in a focused effort to keep herself at the forefront of technology and research, both Western and Eastern. In addition to constantly expanding her education, she offers free lectures in order to educate and empower the community to prevent disease and take control of their health. Also unique to her practice is how she actively works with Western doctors to create a cooperative plan of treatment for the individual patient. She has truly allowed people to change their perspective about what is possible for their heath and their lives. Jocelyne's practice is backed not only by decades of experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine, but by her status at the forefront of the healthcare community.