What Is Distal Needling Acupuncture?

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Distal Needling Acupuncture or DNA is a highly effective method of acupuncture. You might not know it but there are different styles of acupuncture just like there are different styles of music.

Most styles of acupuncture like TCM use what we call local acupuncture points. So areas of pain would be needled. If you had shoulder pain then the shoulder would be needled. “‘Distal” means away from the area of concern. In distal needling acupuncture the opposite leg or ankle would be needled to treat the shoulder. Robert Doane is the originator of DNA.

Acupuncture MinneapolisHow Does Distal Needling Acupuncture Work?

You’ve probably seen pictures of acupuncture charts where there are a series of lines traveling throughout the body with dots on these lines. These lines are the acupuncture channels or meridians and the dots are the acupuncture points.

The DNA acupuncturist can use these acupuncture channels to direct blood into the injured area so that it can heal. After all, your blood has anti-inflammatory agents, proteins and minerals to nourish the area to be repaired.

While practicing acupuncture for over 20 years I have researched and learned various styles of acupuncture. I have found distal needling acupuncture to bring quicker results and the effects last longer. Distal Needling Acupuncture is not only excellent for pain relief but also great for internal problems such as insomnia, stress, anxiety and gynecological conditions.

Recently a young engineer came to our clinic to be treated for elbow pain. He had injured his elbow by carrying something heavy to work. When needles were inserted in his opposite knee he looked very confused. He thought they would be inserted on his ailing elbow. So I directed his attention to the ceiling light. I asked him where is the switch? Is it on the ceiling or the wall? He said it was on the wall of course. I replied that I needled where the switch on his body is for his elbow.

A Neurological Style of Acupuncture

When a needle is inserted into the proper place it sends a signal to the brain via the nervous system to release enkephalins, the body’s own natural pain killers. Then the pain stops or is reduced immediately. When the pain stops, the blood vessels open up and bring nutrients and oxygen to the injured area thereby producing quick pain relief. That’s how the body heals itself.

Advantages of Distal Needling Acupuncture

  • You don’t have to undress because the main points used are on the arms between the elbows and fingers and on the legs between the knees and the toes.
  • Quicker, more reliable results.
  • The effects of this neurological style of acupuncture last longer.

Distal acupuncture is exclusively practiced at Complete Oriental Medical Care. Find out how YOU can benefit from this effective type of acupuncture. Call our Minneapolis clinic at 952-831-8080 or go to our contact page.


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