Points of Origin, PLLC was founded by us, Peter Hanfileti, MD and Lisa Hanfileti, LAc. We never could have predicted we’d be running our own holistic health care clinic, so if you are starting out a little skeptical or unsure about how acupuncture works, we totally understand where you’re coming from.
We grew up 100% believers in mainstream, “western medicine” and stayed away from anything even remotely regarded as “woo-woo”. But some unpredictable changes and challenges in our lives led us to explore the validity of acupuncture and other natural medicine therapies. Honestly, we were a bit horrified to find out, this stuff really works!
Almost 20 years ago we started researching and experiencing acupuncture for our selves. As a result we’ve been able to make incredible improvements in our own health as well as the lives of the patients we’ve so been fortunate to work with. These days, it’s not hard to find all kinds of research and news articles demonstrating the benefits of acupuncture.
You too may have noticed that alternative medicine (also called “integrative medicine” or “complementary medicine”) is now being combined with many aspects of conventional medical care. Oncologists refer their patients to us to receive acupuncture to treat such common side effects as nausea, fatigue and pain. Surgeons, orthopedists, internists, general practitioners and OB/GYNs refer their patients to us to receive acupuncture for everything from pain relief to emotional issues. Why? Because more and more research supports the fact that acupuncture and other natural therapies really work to relieve pain, improve health and prevent dis-ease, WITHOUT harmful side effects. At a time when medications often cause more harm than good, we are happy to be able to offer effective natural alternatives.
Bringing Science and Nature Together
We did not set out to become experts in alternative medicine. Quite the contrary. We used to think “energy medicine” and especially acupuncture were nonsense (putting it mildly). It was only after years of research along with personal and professional experience that we, have been able to develop an understanding of and respect for these ancient holistic medicine therapies.
Combined, we have spent the past 30+ years educating ourselves and our patients, family members, friends, and colleagues about the values and limitations of natural medicine. We have found the holistic approach to addressing pain and illness to be very effective because of the ability to individualize treatments to not only specific conditions, but to your unique manifestation of symptoms.
We are research oriented, always looking for relevant data to help us make the best choices when it comes to recommending different treatment modalities, medications, herbs, supplements, exercises, etc. We are “equal opportunity” practitioners in the sense that our goal is to provide information and treatments that work, regardless of where they originated or what they are called. It doesn’t matter to us whether it’s Eastern medicine or Western medicine as long as it works! For many countries their primary form of health care is what we classify as “alternative”, so it’s really just a matter of perspective.
“Will Acupuncture Work For Me?”
When we talk to our patients about alternative medicine and how to incorporate acupuncture into their health care, the same good questions always arise:
- Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
- Should I tell my doctor I’m getting acupuncture?
- Will acupuncture interfere with my medications?
- How do I find a qualified acupuncturist?
- How/when will I know if acupuncture is working?
- What if I’m afraid of needles?
- Do you take insurance?
- How many treatments do I need to fix my condition?
- Will acupuncture work for me/my condition?
We always look forward to answering these questions and encourage you to give us a call to see how we can help you with your health challenges and goals. After almost 15 years and treating thousands of patients, we are still amazed at the ability of this medicine to change people’s lives.