Frequently Asked Questions
A: A: Acupuncture has been proven to be a very effective treatment for anxiety and feelings of stress, no matter what the cause. It helps balance the energy of the body and stimulates the production of chemicals in the brain that support feelings of calmness and relaxation.
A: Shoulder tension and stress often go hand in hand. Acupuncture can help reduce both the stress and the physical tension in the shoulders. Sometimes there can be a substantial reduction in tension after the very first treatment. Acupuncture also can help to break the stress and tension cycle that can create pain.
A: While issues with the knees and low back can be complex, acupuncture often can help reduce painful symptoms in a very short period of time. More treatments are often needed to treat the underlying cause of the symptoms. For example, there may be a deficiency, or weakness in the body that needs to be strengthened for the health of the low back and knees.
A: Digestion is so important for the optimal functioning of the entire body. Acupuncture can certainly help strengthen the digestive system. In addition, valuable nutritional information may be provided that will assist you in supporting and maintaining digestive health.
A: Chronic headaches can substantially impact the quality of life. Stress, diet, medications, hormonal imbalances, and fatigue can affect your potential for headaches. Acupuncture helps to balance the energy of the body so that you are less vulnerable to headaches. Often people begin to experience fewer and less severe headaches after only a few treatments.
A: Yes. Acupuncture is great for treating just about any type of pain regardless of the cause. Some foods may also be suggested that can be helpful in reducing inflammation in the body due to overuse. As a side benefit, many people find that they not only experience pain relief with treatments, but also an increase in energy, better sleep and improved overall health.
A: Acupuncture can be a helpful addition to a comprehensive weight loss program. In addition to acupuncture, I often send patients home with ‘ear seeds’. Ear seeds are small seeds placed on specific acupuncture points in the ear. When these seeds are lightly manipulated they stimulate the acupuncture points that help to reduce cravings and balance the body.
A: Acupuncture can help to balance the body and emotions very well. When the body’s energies are balanced, the result is that we feel good. Nutritional interventions may also be suggested in order to support your brain’s ability to produce the ‘feel good’ chemicals that help to elevate mood.
A: Acupuncture can help and support you in your efforts to quit smoking. It will not ‘do it for you’. There are points that can help to curb cravings and reduce the stress often experienced when trying to quit. I typically use ‘ear seeds’ with patients who are trying to quit smoking. These are small seeds placed on specific acupuncture points in the ear. When these seeds are lightly manipulated they stimulate the acupuncture points that help to reduce cravings and feelings of stress.
A: Yes. There are acupuncture points that can be helpful for insomnia. Depending on the underlying, root cause of the insomnia the results may be quick or might take a number of treatments. Treatments are very calming and so stress-related insomnia often responds quickly.
Meet our Acupuncture Provider
Allison Scott, MPH, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
Dr. Allison Scott, MPH, ND, LAc began her education at the University of NC at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She continued her education by obtaining her Master’s in Public Health at UNCG. Following earning this degree, Allison worked as a health educator in Greensboro, NC. It was working with clients in health education encouraged her to study medicine. Dr. Scott graduated from the University of Bridgeport where she earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) and Master’s in Acupuncture.
The acupuncture clinic at Student Health Services will focus on common issues successfully treated with acupuncture including head aches, addictions, pain, painful periods, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
- January 27
- February 10
- February 27
- March 17
- March 24
- April 7
- April 21
- Fee paid students $30 per treatment
- Non-fee paid students, faculty and staff $40 per treatment
Gift certificates for acupuncture are available at the Front Desk of Student Health Services.
Clinics will be held on these Friday mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in Student Health Center Room 15. Appointments are required.
Call (336) 334-5340 to make an appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, check-in at the front desk on the first floor with your student ID card. NOTE: YOU WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU NO SHOW OR DO NOT CANCEL 24 HRS. IN ADVANCE. You need to arrive a few minutes early to complete paperwork at your initial visit. Your appointment will last approximately 45 minutes.
We ask that you reschedule your appointment if you have been exposed to a communicable illness within the last three weeks and/or you have a fever or flu-like symptoms.