Nicole T. Smith, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist, Author, and Speaker
Board-certified; Diplomat and nationally licensed through NCCAOM
B.A. Biology, Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, including Herbology
20+ years combined medical experience, 10+ years private practice
Specializations in nutrition, sports medicine, internal medicine, anti-aging, trauma and PTSD.
Focused training at GLEM (Groupe Lyonnais d'Etudes Médicales) in Lyon, France, based in the teachings of Dr. Nogier. Effective for:
Acupuncture has been shown to relieve both acute and chronic pain, including: back pain, neck pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis.
Archives of Internal Medicine 2012 Sep 10:1-10
Acupuncture lowers the stress hormones in the body - good for stress, to prevent aging, and for weight loss!
Acupuncture can turn a breech baby
"Acupuncture plus moxibustion is more effective than observation in revolving fetuses in breech presentation. Such a method appears to be a valid option for women willing to experience a natural birth."
J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why Try Acupuncture?
No bad side effects (unlike medication/surgery)
It fixes the problem rather than just covering it up
2. Does it hurt?
Many people don’t know the difference between an acupuncture needle and a hypodermic needle. A hypodermic needle, the kind used when you get a shot, is very large, with a hole in the middle. An acupuncture needle is fine like a hair, with no hole in the middle. When acupuncture needles are inserted, it causes the nervous system to calm down and the body to release endorphins. Endorphins have been shown to reduce pain, stress, and feelings of frustration and irritability, regulate the production of growth and sex hormones, and control cravings for chocolate and other substances. When endorphins are released, the feelings can be described as: peaceful, blissful, euphoric, optimistic, and joyful. One of our patients calls it the “acupuncture high.” This helps with stress, healing from an illness, abating pain, and preventing aging.
3. Is it safe?
Acupuncturists must go through rigorous schooling similar to a medical doctor before qualifying to sit for the Board exam. Needles are sterilized and used only once before disposal in a biohazard container.
The best way to assess your acupuncturist’s knowledge, commitment, and rapport is to schedule a consultation.
4. Is it enjoyable?
Your treatment room is private and warm, and you can opt to listen to the wide variety of relaxing music offered. Many patients fall asleep in treatment. Acupuncture increases the endorphin release in the body and helps the nervous system relax. Some of the patients have likened treatment to being in a spa.
5. Will insurance cover it?
Every plan is different. Please call and provide your insurance information so we can check your coverage. We also have payment options, and monthly plans.
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