Ow?!?!: Needles, Fear, and Pain

So many of us have a fear of needles. Whether we associate needles with blood drawing, shots, piercings, or that awesome tattoo - they all hurt. The reality is that none of those needles compare to an acupuncture needle. Yet try telling your fear that. So what is the reality check your fear may need when gearing up for pain from a needle or perhaps making the decision that first time to trust an acupuncture needle? Let’s talk size. A vaccination needle typically ranges 0.5 mm to 0.7 mm in diameter. Drawing blood and catheterization uses thicker needles that vary in size depending on the vein being punctured. The standard is 1.2 to 1.8 mm diameter, although hand draws or children may have a n

Acupuncture and Stress

If you look at the American Heart Association’s website, it instantly becomes clear that although stress has not been directly linked to hea

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