What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is inserting and manipulating filiform needles into designated points on the body to restore health and treat pain and disease. Acupuncture has been practiced in the USA for more than 150 years but it was not until President Nixon returned from his trip to China in the 70’s that there was a boom in popularity. In 1971, New York Times political analyst, James Reston had an appendectomy in Beijing using ONLY acupuncture for anesthesia and to reduce pain post-surgically with moxa (Chinese herb often burned over specific needle points or on top of the needle).

What is Qi (pronounced Chee)?

Qi is the energy that travels through the body via the meridian system. There are many forms of Qi (da Qi is the sensation most commonly felt during the insertion of needles in an Acupuncture treatment session)

Are there any safety concerns with Acupuncture?

The 3 most common minor adverse events include:

  • Minor bleeding
  • Bruising or hematoma development at the needle site
  • Dizziness or needle sickness (may be due to deficiencies in the patient and not necessarily a result of treatment)

These risks are slight and can be avoided through proper training and credentialing of acupuncture practition


Pt. initials: S. R.

First appointment Nov. 2015

Current date of write-up: Jan. 18, 2016

I came to “Take 2 HealthCare” because of compulsive eating and compulsive scratching of my skin until I created sores.  I asked for acupuncture to control these habits.  Dr. Dyer told me that compulsive behaviors were very difficult to treat due to the many underlying reasons for these behaviors.

After some discussion, I had my first acupuncture experience.  The following morning I felt like a negative veil had been lifted off of me.  I woke up looking forward to my day for the first time in years.  I have continued to feel content and peaceful in my life.

A few sessions later I told Dr. Dyer that I have had fibromyalgia-like pain for the past few years.  I had not mentioned that to a doctor, previously.  I think I was afraid of the diagnosis.  To me it meant a lifetime of constant pain.  The evening before my appointment my 2 year old great granddaughter put her little hands on my behind and pushed me and I realized that it hurt.  I had to get help.  Following my treatment within hours my pain was gone.

The second month I added chiropractic sessions with Dr. Dyer.  I have had neck, lower back and left knee pain for years.  I have had surgeries, injections and therapies in the past with some relief.  Dr. Dyer treated these chronic problems with both acupuncture and chiropractic sessions with very good results.

My new year resolution was to eat healthier and have more healthy skin.  It is mid-January, I am losing weight weekly and my skin is well on its way to being clear.

I know this sounds too good to be true, but for me it is reality!  I am amazed every day at how well I feel both physically and emotionally.  I am making so many better decisions in my life.  I feel in control of myself and where my life is going.  I have stopped existing—I am living!

Thank You, “Take 2 HealthCare”