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GLEN ROCK, N.J. — Glen Rock acupuncturist Peter DeCicco first had classmates practice the traditional Eastern treatment on him to combat sudden fainting spells while in school. It worked.

Now he’s hoping he can help others.

“I want people to feel better and have their quality of life back,” the owner and operator of DeCicco Acupuncture on Lincoln Avenue told Daily Voice. “It’s a great feeling when… a patient has tried everything else and it hasn’t worked successfully, and then you’re able to help them.”

DeCicco hopes to give his patients the same success that he had with acupuncture.

“I want people to feel better and have their quality of life back,” he said. “It’s a great feeling when… a patient has tried everything else and it hasn’t worked successfully, and then you’re able to help them.”

Acupuncture can treat almost any health condition by using needles to reopen pathways for the body’s natural energy — or “chi” — to flow through, the licensed acupuncturist said.

“Acupuncture balances and harmonizes the body,” DeCicco explained. “There could be an excess or deficiency of chi — it helps to find imbalances in the organ systems.”

Many people are resistant to trying acupuncture because of a fear of needles — even though they’re “hair thin,” DeCicco said.

The acupuncturist uses several other methods such as cupping, scraping, massage techniques and more.

“Most people do things after the fact — after they get hurt,” DeCicco said. “Once the condition is under control… acupuncture is something for long-term and is preventative.”

DeCicco hopes that more people will consider acupuncture for treatment.

“I’ll ask new patients what made them decide to try it and they said they tried everything else —that it’s their last resort,” DeCicco said.

“I love that because I know there’s really a good chance the acupuncture is going to help them and when it does,” he said, “there’s nothing like it.”

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is about finding the root cause of a disease and illness. The change of seasons bring with them different external pathological factors that can cause harm to our bodies. These external pathogens are attacking and invading our bodies from the outside-in. Areas of vulnerability are exposed open pores, our mouth and our nose. The external pathogens that help create the cold and flu are cold, wind, dampness and heat. Two of the most common patterns for the cold and flu that I see in my practice this time of year are Wind-Cold Pattern and Wind-Dampness Pattern. People are suffering from colds and the flu which nobody has time for. So how can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture helps by reducing chills, fever and body aches. Acupuncture helps prevent getting a cold and/or the flu by boosting and strengthening the Wei qi. Wei Qi is equivalently to your immune system in western medicine. Acupuncture will also help you get over the flu or a cold faster and it will help relieve pain from sore throats and sinus congestion.

Cosmetic acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that helps promote and restore a radiant facial glow and help wrinkles vanish. Cosmetic acupuncture works by inserting tiny needles into the face, body and directly into the wrinkles. When these tiny needles are inserted and manipulated, there are micro-traumas that are being created in the skin which creates a reaction in the body. When the body realizes there are micro traumas in the skin, the body starts to create collagen and elastin to the sites of trauma. When we have the collagen and elastin being created we will start to see a fuller face and firmer skin. Blood will also start to flow to the insertion areas and help fill out those unwanted wrinkles. Cosmetic acupuncture is an all natural approach to facial rejuvenation and can have a strong and long lasting result without the use of botox or fillers. Typical treatments last about an hour and a half and twelve treatments are recommended for the best results, with monthly maintenance treatments following. Facial cupping and facial gua-sha and facial massage are additional methods that are used in order to obtain that radiant glow. A good candidate for cosmetic acupuncture will be an individual in good health. This treatment does involve a lot of needles that are inserted into the face so an individual with high blood pressure may not be the best candidate for this type of treatment. Please talk to your licensed acupuncturist before starting cosmetic acupuncture to see if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.

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