Hood River Acupuncture

Hood River Acupuncture Therapy

Nikol uses acupuncture, a primary tool originally developed in East Asian Medicine, with the latest best practices and holistic healing techniques. For many clients, acupuncture is used in conjunction with other beneficial therapies. Read more about how acupuncture works below and then see our list of conditions treated, improved, or prevented by acupuncture therapies.

Acupuncture Needles

Today’s acupuncture needles are extremely light, thin, and flexible, and are inserted into the surface of the skin along energetic meridians to stimulate acupoints located all over the body. Acupuncture needles are sterile, one-time use only, and have been FDA-approved by licensed practitioners since 1996. Needle insertion is normally completely painless, and many people report feeling a rush of energy as needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, you’ll be encouraged to relax comfortably for a short while. You can take this time to nap or simply enjoy a restful break in your day. It’s very common to drift into an extremely relaxed state of being or to simply fall asleep for the duration of your treatment (and either is encouraged)! Once the treatment is over, the needles will be removed and discarded.

Acupuncture Energy Meridians

Our bodies are comprised of energetic meridians. These channels withhold and circulate Qi. Qi can be thought of as vital energy, circulation, or even oxygen. The meridians relate to different areas and are named after the organs they pass through. The majority of acupuncture points are organized on these channels. The acupoints (or trigger points) can be stimulated in a variety of ways including:

  • pressure
  • essential oils
  • sound vibration
  • electro-stimulation
  • needles

This stimulation initiates a somatovisceral response, a nerve to organ connection. It will also signal neurotransmitters to release the body’s own natural analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and endorphins. These balance, nourish, connect, and protect our whole body system including our organs, hormones, and emotions.