Some Facts You May Not Know about Acupuncture... . Acupuncture is incredibly relaxing and is a wonderful way to relieve stress. N. C. C. A. O. M. ( the national acupuncture board) sent special crisis teams to offer acupuncture to reduce stress in victims of Hurricane Katrina and the military now use it in Iraq and Afghanistan to help soldiers with both stress and physical ailments like back pain caused by carrying heavy gear. . It was Richard Nixon who brought acupuncture to the attention of the West in the 1970s. . Unlike most drug therapies side effects from acupuncture are very low. If you do have side effects they are usually positive as the body will heal in many different ways other than the main problem being adressed, i. e. sleeping better, eating less, an overall sense of wellbe-ing and less stress. . Florida state law prohibits the reuse of acu-puncture needles so there is no risk of cross infection here. ( However this is not the case in every state, so if you have treatment outside Florida, you should always check that your acupuncturist is using properly sterilized or disposable needles.) . Acupuncture can be effective for people of all ages, and non- needle options using E. T. P. S. can be used for infants and young children and for those who are needle phobic. . Acupuncture can reduce cravings and can therefore be used to promote weight loss and to help conquer addictions like smoking. . And, as you can see in the photos, Ginny demonstrated her techniques on me and I can tell you honestly... IT DOESN'T HURT AT ALL. In fact it releases endorphins into your system and it feels like the high you get after taking rigor-ous exercise or when you look into the eyes of someone you love.... it really does make you feel good! Acupuncture Happy Hour Now here's a novel idea.... Skin Renewal Sys-tems is hosting group sessions, by appointment, every Thursday at 4pm. They're known as Happy Hour With-out the Alcohol and participants receive auricular acu-puncture while they sit in a chair and chat with other members of the group, sounds like fun to me! A Possible Alternative to Surgery Ginny advises anyone who is considering surgery that they should try acupuncture before they take any steps that may be irreversible. But she is quick to say that acupuncture is no silver bullet and the damage of a lifetime cannot be cured overnight - the effects of acupuncture are cumulative and gather strength like a snowball rolling downhill. Many weekly sessions may be necessary before you achieve the results you want and can go to a once monthly maintenance program. Incidentally, Ginny says she sees a lot of Marco visi-tors who are in the middle of a course of treatment and don't want to loose the momentum while on vacation. Using Your Vacation to Get Back into Balance And, talking about vacations... what better time to start getting your body back into balance? Vaca-tions are all about relaxing and relieving stress and acupuncture can be an invaluable aid in that process. So why not give Ginny a call while you're here? She has been an acupuncturist for 14 years and ad-mits that many people are extremely skeptical about the benefi ts of acupuncture when they fi rst come to see her. But this doesn't phase her... " They generally leave with a different perspective" she says. Skin Renewal Systems is located at 1000 N Collier Blvd, Suite 11. For more information call 239- 394- 1083 or visit www. skinrenewalmarco. com.