CCCG offers services with a holistic approach to counseling, one that engages mind, body, spirit and community. Acupuncture is part of this circle of care.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (known as qi or chi) throughout the body, promoting natural healing and improving function. This is done by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points. Acupuncturists may also incorporate heat or electric stimulation in addition to the needles themselves.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow of energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
- Wellness Care
- Oncology Support
- Integrative Medicine and Pediatrics
- Pain Management
- Neurologic Disorders
- Immune/Autoimmune Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Management
- Sports Medicine
- Digestive Health
- …And more!
How Do I Get Started?
It’s easy! Care and Counseling Center of Georgia offers acupuncture at our Decatur location.
Laura Bowman, MD —Board Certified by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture— provides the acupuncture services that compliment the mental health healing and care offered here at CCCG.
Dr. Bowman’s interest in Eastern medicine began during the 20 years that she cared for children with cancer. After experience with acupuncture as a patient, she collaborated with an acupuncturist in treating patients with difficult problems. Her developing passion led her to further education and Eastern medicine as her primary practice.
Dr. Bowman combines her areas of expertise to provide integral medical, pediatric, and oncology care to patients of all ages.
She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine (1981), Medical University of South Carolina Pediatric Residency (1984), and Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (1987) from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is board certified in pediatric hematology-oncology, and directed the bone marrow transplant program first at St. Jude and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Egleston.