Long considered an alternative therapy to more mainstream treatments, acupuncture is becoming commonplace for ailments ranging from chronic pain to infertility to anxiety. “I went to [Towson-based] acupuncturist Vanina Wolf for teeth grinding,” recalls Pikesville resident Lisa Abrams. “Within a few months, I was no longer grinding my teeth.” Abrams, herself an ophthalmologist with Katzen Eye Group, occasionally prescribes acupuncture for her own patients. “I’ve referred people for headaches,” says Abrams. “It’s like hitting a reset button for your stress cortical levels. I don’t know why it works, but it does.” Maryland University of Integrative Health-trained acupuncturist and massage therapist Kristen LaSor, pictured, of Ellicott City-based Wellness Within explains the theory behind this ancient form of Chinese medicine in which the skin is pricked with needles at various precise points on the body. “The principal behind our pain is that the life force or chi isn’t flowing properly. With these needles, I am helping the chi in your body flow more smoothly. After treatment, people report that they feel more like themselves.” To any skeptics out there, LaSor advises giving it a chance. “I say, ‘What do you have to lose? It’s time and money, which you can blow on anything.’”
Acupuncture proves to be successful in healing.
Issue date: August, 2013