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Currie Hair Skin Nails of Wayne welcomes Mena Rajan, a board certified and licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, to our team! She obtained a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, NY and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Science, from California State University, Long Beach. Her studies continued abroad where Mena successfully completed an International TCM training program at Chengdu's University of TCM, in Chengdu, China. Mena is board certified and accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is a member of the American Acupuncture Council, Acupuncture Society of Pennsylvania and is certified in Facial Rejuvenation. We asked Mena to answer our questions about acupuncture and why we should all be benefitting from it's amazing effects!

1) Who is acupuncture good for?
Acupuncture is a treatment for men and women of all ages looking for a natural and holistic approach to alleviate health ailments of all kinds. It is also a very effective form of preventative medicine, a practice that is underutilized in today's healthcare system.

2) Does it hurt?
Contrary to what you may believe, Acupuncture does not hurt! Acupuncture needles are very different from the needles used in a Medical Doctor's office. Hypodermic needles are much larger and pierce through the skin which can cause pain. However, Acupuncture needles are hair thin and weave through the body's tissues. A mild sensation occurs when the needle hits the point properly. The feelings can range from a warming sensation, heaviness around the needle, to a mild tingling along the channel pathway.

3) Whateveryday health problems can it be used for?
Most people commonly associate Acupuncture with treating pain, which it works wonderfully for, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. It can treat a variety of disorders ranging from external conditions like Acne andeczema to internal conditions such as Gastrointestinal issues (IBS, Chron's Disease, constipation & diarrhea). Other commonly treated health problems include Migraines, PMS, Menopausal symptoms and emotional upsets such as anxiety, depression and stress. Acupuncture is also known to be very effective for infertility and weight loss.

4) What are the benefits?
Acupuncture helps increase the body's circulation and immune defenses. In turn, it enhances the bodies natural healing processes. Patients can experience immediate effects with improvement in theirsleep, increased energythroughout the day, and an increase in endorphins which helps relieve pain. A general sensation of feeling more balanced and grounded is an added benefit to any condition you are being treated for.

5) Does it help relieve stress?
Yes! In today's hectic world we find it hard to disconnect ourselves from work & home life. The stresses of everyday can accumulate and wreck havoc on our health, which is why it is important to treat and prevent stress. Stress is recognized as the number 1 proxy killer disease today, and the American Medical Association states that stress causes more than 60% of all human illness and disease! Studies find Acupuncture helps reduce stress the body's stress hormones.

6) Will it help me lose weight?
Yes! Acupuncture can help curb appetite & food cravings, boost metabolism andimprove digestion. As mentioned before it helps relieve stress which is also a major component of weight gain. In addition to Acupuncture treatments, I help my patients make nutritional and lifestyle changes that are practical and work with their life in order to lose weight naturally and effectively.

7) How often should I have it done?
It depends on what you are being seen for and how long you have had the condition. Acute conditions can be treated with just a few treatments while more chronic conditions can require anywhere from 5-15 treatments. People who want a "tune up," or preventative treatments, come in anywhere from 1- 2 times per month.

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