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by Anne Gordon

HypnoPuncture, Atha Wellness in Kirkland, WA 

Over the past 20 years, the medical community has started to combine acupuncture and hypnotherapy together to treat conditions with a psychosomatic (mind-body disorder) element. The results have been extremely positive. While acupuncture alone can create profoundly positive changes in the body, engaging the subconscious mind to help facilitate healing through hypnotherapy increases the effectiveness of acupuncture and takes it to new heights!

Acupuncture is a 3000 year old system of medicine that has been practiced for generations. The Chinese mapped out the body’s neurological and cardiovascular system, and realized that there are  “junctions” in the body where nerves and veins came together in bundles.  If these junctions, or acupuncture points are stimulated, some pretty astonishing things happen.  From there, they formulated a system to heal many different symptoms and conditions.   

Modern clinical studies are now learning what exactly transpires in the body when acupuncture is utilized.  Acupuncture helps in the following ways: 1) Improves blood circulation, 2) Calms the nervous system, 3) Increases organ function, 4) Decreases pain levels, 5) Balances the hormone system, 6) Boosts the immune system, 7) Heals damaged tissue, 8) Relaxes the musculoskeletal system, 9) Decreases systemic inflammation, 10) Calms the mind.

Hypnotherapy has been recognized by the medical community for over a century to have a valid use in certain conditions.  As early as 1892, the British Medical Association has studied its efficacy and, in the 1950s both the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association has adopted its use, claiming “For the past hundred years there has been an abundance of evidence that psychological and physiological changes could be produced by hypnotism which is worth study of their own account, and also that such changes might be of great service in the treatment of patients.”  Hypnotherapy taps into our subconscious where our motivations/urges, our self-worth, our memories, all our meaningful decisions are stored.  Whatever our subconscious believes in, that is what our body believes.  If our subconscious believes we are sick, our body believes it as well.  Changing our subconscious has a direct power to induce our inner healing functions, thus, helping alleviate symptoms. The adage, “Mind over Matter”, truly does exist where hypnotherapy is concerned.

By combining the two therapies into one session, the body takes on a whole new level of healing that is fast, powerful and effective.


Kirkland, WA