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Local Physician Offers Acupuncture: A Natural Way to Better Health

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Lauren H. Ayersman, D.O.
(August 12, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Some people wake up in the morning and simply ache. Others are awake all night with chronic pain. Women going through menopause may experience the sudden onset of hot flashes at the most inopportune times. While there are many prescription and over-the-counter medications that ease pain and discomfort, an increasing number of people are seeking more holistic approaches. Acupuncture, which has been used throughout the world for more than 4,000 years, is gaining popularity in this area for pain management and to support better health.

Acupuncture is used to treat many different types of conditions ranging from common ailments such as arthritis and headaches to regaining a quality of life after cancer treatments. For many, it proves to be an effective tool in weight loss and smoking cessation as well as stress and anxiety reduction.

Lauren H. Ayersman, D.O., is a licensed medical acupuncturist who uses this therapy to help people living with pain. It also is effective for wellness and the promotion of health and energy as well as for the prevention of disease.

"Acupuncture is a practice used to restore the body's natural energy," explained Dr. Ayersman. "By targeting pressure points and energy meridians, it releases blocks and promotes healing."

Susan Flynn, chief executive officer of Vale-U-Health, a physician hospital organization, is a proponent of the practice. "Acupuncture helped me to quit smoking and maintain balance during the stressful first weeks of cessation. "I started with weekly sessions for the first four weeks and then monthly to rebalance the flow of energy in my body. While I had tried to quit many times in the past, this approach was finally successful. It's has now been four years since I quit."

Contrary to how it may look, acupuncture is not painful. It is administered by inserting tiny needles into precise locations on the body. The locations are determined by the desired outcome such as pain management or weight loss. The number of treatments depends on each situation. For some conditions, one or two treatments may provide relief. Management of chronic pain may require a series of treatments. Additionally, for some people, a day or two may need to pass before they experience symptom relief or the positive effects of the acupuncture.

"The overall goal is to improve the body's energy flow which ultimately results in pain relief or an improved quality of life," said Dr. Ayersman.

Dr. Ayersman, who is affiliated with Monongahela Valley Hospital, will discuss the benefits of acupuncture at an Innovations in Medicine presentation Monday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided. To register, contact 724-258-1333.

Dr. Ayersman is accepting new patients at her office which is located in the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 800 Plaza Drive, Suite 290. For more information, contact 724-379-6850

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