Karey Ellis suffers from ulcerative colitis which can cause severe fatigue and stomach pain. The medication she is taking makes her feel worse.
So the residents of Longshan turned to acupuncture. She never looked back.
Ellis said: “To be honest, I went from being unable to live a normal life to being able to play with my daughter in the yard and return to a normal life within a few months.” Treatment once a month.
“They help me stay energized,” she said. “I don’t have stomach pain or cramps. It really helps relieve hot flashes.”
Ellis has many companies. More and more people are seeking relief through this ancient form of Chinese medicine, which uses sterile needles to stimulate key parts of the body. According to the American Institute of Alternative Medicine, acupuncture is one of the fastest growing areas of alternative health.
“Acupuncture helps the body maintain balance,” said Ted Bullock, a licensed acupuncturist with offices in Freehold and Toms River. “When you are balanced, everything is better. My job is to help determine what is unbalanced, and then work hard to bring it back to balance.”
Experts say that the rising popularity of acupuncture stems from several factors. First, the popularity of opioids has promoted the exploration of non-addictive painkillers. Second, with a large number of studies supporting its effectiveness and safety, traditional doctors are increasingly incorporating acupuncture and moxibustion into routine treatment.
In addition, more and more insurance plans cover acupuncture, at least for certain diseases. Last year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services agreed to provide acupuncture services for Medicare patients suffering from chronic low back pain.
“It’s becoming more and more popular in the United States,” said Peter Kadar, a licensed acupuncturist in Morristown. “Now, it has been used by many hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics to treat almost all diseases, obstacles and illnesses. We have really grown from relatively unknown and misunderstood people to auxiliary parts of traditional medicine.”
Like many acupuncturists, Kadar treats patients with many difficulties—from women who cannot conceive, to people with substance use disorders, to people who want to lose weight or quit smoking.
“Acupuncture is very beneficial for regulating the body naturally and stimulating normal functions,” explains Kadar, owner of the New Jersey Acupuncture Center, which is one of the oldest acupuncture clinics in the state. “It helps the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, circulatory system and reproductive hormones.”
So how does it work?
“It has been found that irritation points on the skin, especially specific points, can maintain and control the energy flow in our body,” Kadar explained. “Acupuncture can stimulate the brain to produce more chemicals-dopamine, serotonin, endorphins.”
Acupuncturists say this helps reduce inflammation, relieve pain, promote proper digestion, balance hormone secretion and relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
Thomas Kouo, Dean of the Bloomfield Eastern College of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, said that licensed acupuncturists must attend an accredited school and pass the state examination, which is the only accredited institution in New Jersey with a complete campus. His students completed 2,700 hours of course work and 860 hours of clinical work, which were carried out in the school-operated clinic.
“Our students work under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist,” he explained.
When choosing an acupuncturist, be sure to check with the New Jersey Acupuncture Examination Board, which is supervised by the State Medical Examiner Board and supervises New Jersey acupuncturists.
When you visit an acupuncturist for the first time, I hope to conduct a thorough review of your medical history, symptoms, and other problems you may encounter. Like many acupuncturists, Bullock spends a lot of time reviewing the medical, emotional, and social history of new patients during the first visit.
“Then I conduct a preliminary assessment of the system that I think may be incorrect,” he explained. “When I put them on the table, I might see something else.”
He usually allows patients to receive treatment once a week, and then gradually decreases as the patient’s condition improves, and finally hopes to see only five or six times a year.
“My treatment is very physical,” Brock added. “I exercise my entire body from my feet to my head, and get injections while doing it. One of my treatments is like a combination of acupuncture, chiropractor, and massage therapy. I deal with (physical) structures, so the needle can pass through less. In most Under the circumstances, we saw amazing results.”
Nancy Parello often writes for NJ Advance Media/Jersey’s Best. As a former state legislature reporter, she worked for the Associated Press and record companies.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.