Many people do not like needles, but this does not need to stop you from being able to experience the many rewards of Acupuncture. If you are one of these people, but still would like to try Acupuncture, there are alternative ways to treat you without using needles.
"Acupoints” refer to specific spots on the body; one western theory says these are on the fascial tissue system, which conducts electricity. From The Body Electric by Dr. Robert Becker in 1985:
“Any current grows weaker with distance, due to resistance along the transmission cable. The smaller the amperage and voltage, the faster the current dies out. Electrical engineers solve this problem by building booster amplifiers every so often along a power line to get the signal back up to strength. For current measured in nanoamperes and microvolts, the amplifiers would have to be no more than a few inches apart – just like acupuncture points!” (p. 234).
The theory continues:
“If the points really were amplifiers, then a metal needle stuck in one of them, connecting it with nearby tissue fluids, would short it out and stop the pain message.” (p. 235).
He then received a grant to run further studies.
“Our readings also indicated that meridians were conducting current, and its polarity matching the input side of the two-way system we’d charted in amphibians, showed a flow into the central nervous system. Each point was positive compared to its environs, and each one had a field surrounding it, with its own characteristic shape.” (p. 235-236)
In the past 30 years, electrical medicine has become much more sophisticated and widely accepted. I have incorporated machines in my treatments that work on acupuncture points using electricity and thus able to balance the electrical signal in the body, allowing for proper circulation without needles.
The overall treatment is the same process. Talking time, treating time, possibly some other body work, and time for the patient to lay on the table in reflection and rest. Same process, no needles.
For those of us who can’t handle needles (I myself have tendency to pass out whenever I get a shot) Aaron actually has a wealth of non-needle healing techniques that I’ve found incredibly therapeutic. Over the last year, he has incorporated electrical points, cupping, moxa, and CFT into our sessions. I always walk away from the office feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and like I have more to reflect upon. Beyond the physical, he can be as technical or as whoo-whoo five-element as you need, so he can cater to anyone’s comfort level in the emotional/spiritual healing process if you’re into it. Even if you do enjoy needle acupuncture, I recommend exploring some other things with Aaron just because you’ll get a more diverse experience. Also, Aaron is just an awesome human being. He’s funny, he’s relaxed, he’s sharp as a tack, and he’ll help you incorporate mind, body, and heart. Can’t recommend him enough!