When acupuncture is performed by a qualified, licensed practitioner it is quite safe and relatively painless.
Does Acupuncture Work?
The media is full of stories related to acupuncture these days. Acupuncture research is on the rise. The most recent journal article associated with the boons of acupuncture efficacy is entitled Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture By Nanna Goldman, et. al.( Learn More) Doctors, Physical Therapists, Speech Pathologists and every kind of health care practitioner are currently referring their patients out for acupuncture.
What are some benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete form of medicine and has been shown to treat many conditions including Headaches, hot flashes, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemotherapy side effects, pain of all sorts, hypertension, and many other conditions. According to the world health organization the list of treatable conditions with acupuncture is quite extensive.
What is Group acupuncture?
NADAGroup Acupuncture is something that was started in the 1970’s in the Bronx, New York by a man named Michael O. Smith MD. He later founded NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association). Originally group acupuncture along with the 5 needle protocol was used to treat those struggling with heroine addiction. Group acupuncture along with this 5 needle ear protocol quickly became widely used to treat all forms of addiction. Later, the group acupuncture business model allowed for those with financial need to be able to access acupuncture treatments whether they had an addiction to drugs or not.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Michael O. Smith along with Laura Cooley and several others decided to implement the 5 needle protocol as a means of treating those effected by the events. They worked to open an acupuncture clinic in the hospital located closest to Ground Zero. This clinic was widely popular and is still open today. Now NADA responds word-wide to natural and human conflict created disaster. They continue to treat people with the 5 needle protocol in group settings.
Currently Casper offers a free group clinic on Saturdays at noon at the United Church of Christ. Address is 1511 S. Melrose Street ( map it ).