ACUPUNCTURE CENTER

of Prescott    

 

 

 

                             Anna Cocilovo, PA-C, LAc.    928-445-0141
                                  1559 W. Gurley St, Prescott, Arizona 86305

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a potent means of affecting the physiologic state of the body.   It works by resetting  body signals to regulate the body/mind more effectively.  It has been shown to influence and balance the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems, as well as the brain’s neurotransmitters, including endorphin release to enhance pain control and sense of well being.

Traditional acupuncture theory is based on circulation of subtle body energy, called Qi (chee).  It is all about balance.  To be healthy and pain free, one’s Qi must be ample but not excess, and flow smoothly.  Qi flows through pathways in the body called meridians, which connect the surface of the body with the internal organs.  The acupuncture points are located along the meridians.  Acupuncture points have less electrical resistance than the surrounding tissue, and are thereby  more conductive and influential at balancing Qi in the meridians.  By placing very fine sterile needles at these precise points along the meridians,  the flow of Qi and blood  opens up, rebalancing and relieving stagnation to improve one’s physical and emotional state.  It is a tried and true 3000 year old system.  

 

What Is Acupuncture Good For?
 
Acupuncture is useful and effective for many pain problems including those caused by injury, arthritis, nerve pain, headaches, migraines and fibromyalgia.  Because of its balancing effect on the endocrine-neuro-immune systems, it is also beneficial for many internal and chronic conditions.  Please refer to the "Conditions" page.

 

Does It Hurt?

Contrary to popular thought, most people have no discomfort with acupuncture.  There is individual variation, but it doesn’t have to hurt to wok.  In fact, most people get quite relaxed and even euphoric during a treatment because of the above mentioned physiologic responses induced by treatment.

 

Who Can Be Treated By Acupuncture?

Everyone from the very young to the very old. Needleless techniques are available for babies and young children.

 

How Many Treatment s Does It Take?

This is impossible to say.  A rule of thumb is that the  more chronic or deeper the condition, the longer it takes to turn around.  Many  experience immediate or rapid relief within the first treatment or two, but treatment must be repeated a number of times to make permanent changes, as with any therapy from physical therapy to chemotherapy.  Response to treatment is influenced by the individual constitution.  However, “miracle treatments” do  happen.

 

How Much Does It Cost?

The initial consultation and treatment is $100.00.  Thereafter, it is $55.00.

 

Do You Take Insurance?

We do not accept insurance.  But we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

 

Is There Any Research On Acupuncture?

There are many research studies on acupuncture.  These are primarily "outcome studies" which means you treat a group of people  for a specified condition and compare their results to a control group which receives no treatment, and possibly also to groups treated with other modalities such as medication, physical therapy, psychological therapy, etc.  Outcome studies show if a treatment works or not, without explaining how or why.

Outcome studies have shown positive results for acupuncture in the treatment of migraines, headaches, mild to moderate depression, back pain, menstrual pain, infertility and asthma.

Studies utilizing functional MRI's (fMRI) during acupuncture treatment at the University of California Irvine, and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey have demonstrated respectively that:

     - Needles inserted into points of the feet purported to improve vision according to acupuncture  theory, produce activity in the same area of the brain that is stimulated when light flashes into the eyes.

    - People subjected to pain by a tiny filament pricking their upper lip had strong reaction to the stimulus verified via  fMRI as indicated by increased blood flow in the brain to the parietal areas and brain stem.  57% of the subjects who simultaneously received acupuncture, and 100% who received electro-acupuncture at Hegu point between the thumb and index had considerably decreased levels of brain activity
associated with pain during treatment.  The patients reported pain relief concurrently with the fMRI demonstrating  decreased brain activity associated with pain.

The 1997 National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture concluded that acupuncture is definitely effective for nausea associated with pregnancy and chemotherapy, and for postoperative dental pain.  They also concluded acupuncture may be useful as an adjunctive treatment or an acceptable alternative to other treatments as part of a comprehensive management program for addiction, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, low back pain, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, stroke rehabilitation and tennis elbow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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