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Do you bruise?

Hello all!

A recent patient asked about bruising after acupuncture. While this is common it can still be concerning.  Some folks tend to bruise easily and others may be taking medications that can lead to bruising more easily, like blood thinners.

In a straight sense of what is happening, tiny capillaries are opened after the insertion of the needle. If you think of our nerves, arteries and veins being similar to roots and branches of a tree, they spread out in all directions and get smaller and smaller as they reach out. Capillaries are the tiny ends of the blood vessels. Some of these are very small, too small for anyone to see without a microscope.   If a needle should contact one, a tiny amount of blood may come out of it.
This results in a bruise. Depending on a person’s constitution will determine the severity of the bruise.

If a person has a weak spleen or is Qi deficient, the bruise may be greater. Our careful acupuncturists are trained to avoid this response as much as possible.
I don’t see it that often, but it can happen.

If you are concerned about a bruise that has resulted from acupuncture, be sure to tell your acupuncturist. They are always monitoring results of every treatment and will be able to adjust techniques to deter this response. We never needle into nerves, arteries, or veins as this would damage them. The tiny tips of the veins that are stagnant of blood flow, usually seen as dark, engorged veins may be bled with the purpose of ridding the body of stagnant blood. This blood is no longer functioning and can cause pain and disfunction in your body.  This technique is very specific and not for everyone.

Some needle insertions may feel nervy, or shoot down the arm or leg. This is not into the nerve. Nerves are coated with thick coverings, like a cable to your TV. Our tiny needles lack the strength to enter them and we would have to work really hard to get them into a nerve. We are also trained to avoid them. To needle them may damage them and cause more harm, something that goes against the whole reason we both are there, right?

So, if you are worried about bruising, please mention it to your practitioner and we will establish a path to healing that works best for you. I always say, “not every problem is solved by sticking a needle in it!” We have lots of ways to improve your health and well-being, naturally and painlessly. No need to move mountains, just breathe, relax, and let your body, mind, and spirit return.

Be Well,

Bryon Leverman LAc

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Dear patients and our community,

As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus.  To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system. 

Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, we believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and Allergies

 

It is that time of year again~ or did it never end? Allergy season is back for some and never left for others. Between mold and filbert pollens in the winter and spring flowers and trees blooming now, people are starting to get hit hard by allergies. Did you know Chinese Medicine can help reduce your allergic symptoms and help make you less susceptible to allergic attacks in the future? Whether your allergies hit you in the nose and face, or skin and chest, we’ve got natural solutions to help you recover and help to prevent allergies. Chinese herbs and acupuncture are great resources to help you enjoy Springtime and not dread it.

 

More than Needles: 6 TCM Therapies You May Never Have Heard of

cuppingMost people know that one way to feel better is with acupuncture needles.  You go to your acupuncturist feeling bad.  I put in a few needles.  You leave feeling lighter, energized, more pain-free.

Using acupuncture needles to heal is part of a broader medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  By observing body systems and the links between symptoms, TCM developed a medical philosophy about the flow of Qi, or life force.   When Qi is balanced, you feel healthy.   When it is disrupted, blocked or unbalanced, poor health is the result.

In acupuncture, needles are placed at specific points along the meridians to balance the Qi.

But did you know that needles are just one way to balance Qi?

TCM is a flexible system.  The principles can be applied in many ways and to many different therapies to achieve the same results.

In the following 2 part series, we will look at the many ways you can balance Qi.  This first part of the series describes the TCM therapies that require the help of a practitioner.

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