Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and effective treatment for almost any type of health concern.  It is just one of the many modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It involves the shallow insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body.  Acupuncture treats disease, relieves pain, and helps maintain health and well-being.  Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which means that whatever is out of balance in the body affects the entire body and thus it treats the underlying root cause of the imbalance, eliminating your symptoms.  Acupuncture works by redirecting and balancing the flow of energy throughout the body, which encourages healing.  Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture regulates hormones, releases endorphins (the body’s natural “pain killers”), influences the production and regulation of neurotransmitters in the brain and immune cells, relaxes muscles, increases circulation, and calms the nervous system.  Acupuncture has been used for over 3000 years in China and its effectiveness is based on thousands of years of observation and clinical practice.  

Maureen was great! It was my first time using acupuncture and I was a little nervous but Maureen made my experience relaxing and enjoyable! Looking forward to my next appointment!  ~ Beth G.

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Full Bloom Acupuncture in the news:  

12 Highly Effective Treatments For Hair Loss - Prevention Magazine Article 

In Pursuit of Beauty (Seattle Times) Article about facial rejuvenation acupuncture in which Maureen was interviewed and quoted. - Lots of good information about resources about acupuncture

National Library of Medicine & National Institute of Health has many research studies on acupuncture

National Organizations:

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - good description of acupuncture theories and research

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) - Search for a practitioner anywhere in the country.  Also some general information for consumers and practitioners.  All licensed acupuncturists in the US must be board-certified with the NCCAOM

American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM)

Research on Chinese Medicine and Gynecology: 

Acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea: a randomized study on clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in usual care.

The effect of Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) on menopausal symptoms compared to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and placebo.

Acupuncture for mild to moderate emotional complaints in pregnancy--a prospective, quasi-randomised, controlled study.

Decrease of pregnant women's pelvic pain after acupuncture: a randomized controlled single-blind study.

Acupuncture for insomnia in pregnancy--a prospective, quasi-randomised, controlled study.

Acupuncture for low back pain in pregnancy--a prospective, quasi-randomised, controlled study.

Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea

Acupuncture for the management of primary dysmenorrhea.