Friday, October 30, 2009


Answers to the common questions:
  1. from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
  2. No, not really
  3. 45 minutes to an hour
  4. about 24
For the questions to the above answers, just keep reading.

Acupuncture is complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, but its practical principles and methods are easily understood: fourteen major energy channels, called meridians, course through the human body, and Chi (pronounced chee) circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body. Chi is the vital force, the presence which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow, or balance, is critical to sound health.  Any misdirection, blockage or derangement of flow, or balance of Chi, may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health. Through acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulates certain points along the course of the meridians. This helps restore the normal balance and flow of Chi and sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health. Do you have to believe in it for it to work?  My first acupuncturist told me "no, we also treat horses"!

Lisajeanne, at the Balance Center, begins my treatment with new, one-time use needles. Since the middle 1990's it is the law that only disposable needles may be used

The needles are inserted into a clear plastic tube and with a very controlled TAP, the needle is inserted into the correct meridian. Then the depth is adjusted.
Question #1
How deep are the needles inserted?

Question #2 Do they hurt?

Question #3
How long do they stay in?
Question #4
How many do they use? So, here I am as the final needle is inserted.  Now, she dims the lights, and with beautiful meditative music in the background, and I just lay back and relax, usually take a short nap.  The needles are telling my body to shape up and fly right.  I hope my body is listening. 
If you're in the San Diego area and are needing a tune-up, or have the urge to be a pin cushion, give Lisajeanne a call at:

The Balance Center
251 E Main Street
El Cajon Ca 92020
Phone (619) 440-4333
Lisajeanne Potyk L.Ac.

Photos by Deinna Adzima

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