Suzanne Lucas, Certified Rolfer and Licensed Acupucturist

"Suzanne Lucas is a gifted and caring practitioner, whose many years of
experience, dedication to her craft, ongoing learning and innate talent, combine to create a deep, healing experience. My entire family have put our well-being in her hands. Suzanne's office is often our first stop for any concerns."

- Rabbi Bonnie Koppell


Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese art of healing, has become popular the world over during the past few decades. Besides being free from the side effects commonly encountered in drug therapy, it is a simple, safe, effective and economical form of therapy. Consequently, it is therefore, slowly but surely, being integrated into the mainstream of modern medicine. Whether acupuncture works or not is no longer the question. The question is "how does it work?" There are many theories and it continues to be studied world wide. There is no doubt, however, of it's effects on several aspects of human physiology.

Firstly, there is the pain-relieving effect. It has been shown to relieve the pain of arthritis, toothache, headache, low back pain and other painful disorders.

Secondly, the needling of certain specific acupuncture points results in sedation. Some people may even fall asleep during the treatment, but wake refreshed. These effects are used in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety states, and addictions.

The third effect is very important; it is called the homeostatic or regulatory effect, which means adjustment of the internal environment of the body towards a state of normal balance. Generally, homeostasis is maintained by the balanced activity of the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system and also by the endocrine system. When these systems are out of balance acupuncture has been very helpful in restoring the original state of equilibrium.

Fourthly, there is the immune-enhancing action of acupuncture whereby the body's resistance to disease is strengthened. This has been shown to be due to an increase in the white corpuscles, antibodies, gamma-globulins and other substances which increase the resistive powers of the body.

The fifth is the anti-inflammatory capabilities.

And the sixth is the calming and tranquilizing action on mental states. This is believed to be due to acupuncture's effect on specific neurotransmitters.

Acupuncture's overall function is to bring balance whether the body is in an excess or deficient condition.



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