United For Health

Service: Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is the most utilized service we offer. It draws the youth into the clinic where we can help them overcome problems such as emotional instability, chemical dependency, and other at-risk behavior that may endanger their health and well-being. Our acupuncture for addiction and mental health issues uses only a few points on your ears. Our full-body acupuncture treatments are private, and address all types of pain, suppressed immunity, mobility issues, or any health conditions that are treated by Western Medicine.

What is Acupuncture?

Developed in China over 2,500 years ago and now used worldwide, acupuncture has been used successfully to treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. Acupuncture works by stimulating designated points on the body via the insertion of very fine needles. These points correspond with the functions of internal organs and other bodily processes as defined by the principles of Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture For Pain Conditions

Using the principals of Acupuncture, a licensed practitioner can regulate the flow of Qi through the meridians and organs, and increase the circulation of blood and oxygen by stimulating specific acupuncture points; removing blockages which are causing pain, inflammation and disease.

There are over 1,000 points on the human body that enable a practitioner to access the healing process of the body to get to the root of the cause of the pain and decrease and eliminate symptoms such as Headaches, Muscle Spasms, Nerve Damage, Arthritis, Paralysis, and other conditions that allopathic medicine only treat with medications; which can have negative side effects.

Acupuncture Works for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency

Acupuncture supports the body and mind, rebalancing the brain chemistry which helps eliminate mental health symptoms of depression, anxiety and trauma as well as physical pain. Acupuncture treatment also eases the discomfort of the withdrawal process from drugs and alcohol; so that mental and physical stability can be achieved, allowing the patient to pursue counseling, Twelve Step programs, education, and other support systems imperative to maintaining sobriety.

What You Can Expect

All acupuncture treatments through United for Health are provided by licensed acupuncturists and consist of the insertion of three to five sterilized disposable needles into specific points in each ear. Each point stimulates an internal body function, such as the central nervous system, liver, the kidneys, and lungs, subsequently reducing depression, pain, anxiety and cravings for alcohol and/or drugs. Needles remain in the ear for 30 to 45 minutes. 

Once the needles are in place, patients find the treatment to be relaxing. Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine which help to relieve stress and other mental health symptoms . With regular treatments, people have reported better sleeping, feeling more rested, and having more energy. Acupuncture supports the recovery process at every stage to help you establish balance and harmony in your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating designated points on the body via the insertion of very fine needles. These points correspond with the functions of the brain, internal organs and other bodily processes as defined by the principles of Chinese medicine. The needles stimulate the blood and energy to flow, removing blockages that are causing pain or fatigue; hooking into a body wide system of pathways and meridians to start the healing process.

Does acupuncture hurt?

There’s just a slight pinch when the needle enters the skin similar to a fingernail. The needles are as thin as a hair, solid and flexible. There’s no tissue damage like the bleeding or bruising when you get a shot/IV. Treatment time is around 30 minutes because it takes a few minutes for the effects “to kick in”.

How often should you get acupuncture treatment?

Ear acupuncture can be done daily and the effects are stronger and longer lasting if done close together; which is very effective for mental health and substance use issues. Full body acupuncture treatments for acute or chronic pain should be given from 1-3 times a week, depending on the severity of the symptoms to speed up the healing process. Usually 4-10 sessions are suggested for chronic conditions.

Are the United for Health treatment services free?

Most of our services are free and covered by grants, so there is no barrier to treatment for unhoused and low- income folks. Some of our Hope on the Go Mobile Clinics ask for donations to pay for our treatment costs if not covered by grant or company money.

Can we schedule a Hope on the Go Mobile Clinic as a school, nonprofit, church or company?

Yes! We work with many nonprofits and local businesses/companies to provide care on a one time or reoccurring basis. To schedule a consultation, please contact hope.unitedforhealth@gmail.com.

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Our UFH staff has treated, trained, supervised, and mentored hundreds of students and volunteers who play a vital role at our program sites. Join us in moving forward the lives of those who need help the most in our community. United for Health depends on funding from foundations, corporations, local businesses, and caring people like you to sustain our wellness services; helping those in need to move their lives forward.

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