Veteran Services

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Why Acupuncture?

The stresses and injuries sustained by U.S. Service members in the current conflicts and the chronic medical conditions facing veterans present many challenges to current, conventional medical approaches.

New and innovative ways to address the full spectrum of the disorders resulting from these stresses and injuries are being identified and evaluated. Acupuncture is a whole-systems treatment approach that is effective for pain and other trauma-related conditions.

The Effectiveness of Acupuncture:

Western medical acupuncture, while based on ancient Chinese acupuncture, uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. It acts mainly by inserting fine needles in predetermined points to stimulate the nervous system. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain and trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea.

Acupuncture can also be an effective treatment for pain, insomnia, stress, anxiety, traumatic brain injury (TBI), sleeplessness, headaches and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Acupuncture is considered part of a holistic approach and members can actively participate in their treatments. It is conducted with needles that are metallic, solid, and hair thin. Approximately 3.1 million American adults utilized acupuncture each year. People reported feeling energized and relaxed after treatment. Acupuncture can be used in addition to traditional medicine in many cases where patients requested additional treatment for pain management.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for the regulation of acupuncture. It requires practitioners to be licensed. Needles have to be manufactured and labeled according to specific standards. According to FDA regulations needles should be sterile, labeled for single usage and must be non toxic. Acupuncture is available at many Naval Medical Centers, hospitals, clinics, and via the Department of Veterans Health Care System. This is an alternative treatment that sailors and marines can utilize with their traditional medicine.

About Dr. Lowery:

Dr. Gene Lowery (USN) is a decorated combat veteran providing pain management services to veterans and their families. At our office, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with exceptional health care. We make every effort to ensure that you experience quality care. We will diagnose, then discuss and explain your course of treatment with you. We are pain management specialist.

We welcome VA referrals for Acupuncture and Chiropractic services. Serving San Diego North County and the surrounding communities of San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside and Carlsbad.

Please call us for a free telephone consultation: (760) 941-2900

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Our Location

550 West Vista Way, Suite #105
Vista, CA 92083

Contact Us

Office Phone: (760) 941-2900
Office Fax: (760) 941-1900