1-First time?

2-What does acupuncture treat?

3-What is acupuncture and  how does it work?

4-Is it safe?  Does it hurt?

5- What is Chinese Medicine?



1- First Time?

If this is your first time experiencing acupuncture, here are some things to expect and some tips.
Try to arrive on time so you can have the full treatment time
Try not to come on an empty stomach.  Eat something light before your treatment.

Wear loose fitting clothes or bring a change of clothes.  There may be points used on your arms, legs,     chest, stomach, back or head.
Try to avoid heavy work, exercise or alcohol for 2-3 hours after treatment.

Your first visit will last longer than  follow up visits.  There will be many questions to answer regarding:  The reason for the visit, Your present health and health history which includes questions about every system of your body, these include but are not limited to: Gastrointestinal, urogenital, cardio- reparatory, skin, sexual function, menstrual cycle, appetite and etc.  We also ask about family history, diet, exercise, social life, work life, how you feel emotionally. You will also have your tongue examined, pulses taken and possibly have your abdomen, muscles and channels palpated for tenderness.  You will be asked about medications and other treatment methods you have tried and how they worked.   This information is needed full spectrum  picture of your life and state of health so we can devise the  right treatment plan for you   

After all of this information is gathered, we will develop a treatment plan.   This plan will involve the immediate plan for the day but also suggestions for changes to lifestyle, diet.  We always start with small changes.  

 For the immediate treatment, there a few modalities that may be used.
                       Acupuncture, Moxibustion , Tui Na, Cupping, Guasha
The acupuncturist will always ask if they can use these modalities and will explain these issues with you every time theta you decide to try them.

Remember that this is not a quick fix.  Many imbalances can take a series of treatments to correct.  


2-What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has also been used to successfully treat-

Psychological conditions: 

Anxiety, Depression, Hypersomnia, Insomnia, OCD, PTSD, Somatization Disorder, Bi Polar disorder

Respiratory:

Common cold, sore throat, asthma, Hay fever, Acute Bronchitis, Acute sinusitis,  

Neurological conditions: 

Migraines, Bells Palsy, Meniere's Disease,  Tinnitus, Dizziness, Disc problems, Tingling,  Numbness, Insomnia

Cardiovascular:

Primary Hypertension, Secondary Hypertension

MusculoSkeletal:

Frozen shoulder, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Localized traumatic injuries, General pains, stiffness and aches. Low back pain, neck pain, knee pain,

Gastro-Intestinal Issues:

Diarrhea, Constipation, Acid Reflux, Low Appetite, Excess Appetite, Poor Digestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Duodenal Ulcers

Gynecological Disorders:

Infertility, Irregular Menses, Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, PMS,  Menopausal  Syndrome

A 2003 report called  "Acupuncture Review and Analysis or Reports and Controlled Clinical Trials", the World Health Organization provides a more extensive list

3-What is acupuncture and  how  does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been developed for thousands of years.  It uses  a very thin needle to access internal, energetic pathways in the body.  Within these pathways, move QI (chi), the energetic quality of life and blood, the material part of life. By strengthening or clearing these pathways, we give the individual the ability to heal themselves.

Modern science is rapidly catching up and more and more evidence is coming to light that supports the concepts of acupuncture stimulating endocrine function and the nervous system, which allows for the regulation of these systems.


Acupuncture works by opening the channels of the body, we can release blocks in some areas and fortify other areas.  This allows the vital energy (QI) and blood to move freely through these pathways.  This results in a more effective delivery system of nutrients and healing properties.  This restores the individuals balance and allows them their body to heal itself.
By releasing fascial restrictions around the musculature and or the organs, the body can return to a more natural,  productive posture and restore movements that are needed for maximal function.
It is now believed that acupuncture disrupts the mechanism by which pain travels through the body.  This is why it is so effective in pain relief.

4-Is it safe?
Yes, it is very safe.  We use single use, disposable, stainless steel needles.  Occasionally there may be a drop of blood or some bruising at the needle location but the main side effect is typically a deep state of relaxation.

Usually acupuncture does not hurt.  You may  occasionally  feel a mild pinch as the needles are inserted.   When Qi  moves to the needle, there can be a very heavy, warm, achy sensation that can sometimes travel elsewhere in the body.   If it is uncomfortable, the needle depth can be adjusted to your comfort level.   Acupuncture needles are usually removed without issue.  Occasionally, there may be a small amount of blood (a few drops) or some bruising.

5- What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is a system of medicine that has been around for at least 2500 years. It was developed through the insights of scholars and philosophers who observed nature and the interactions within the natural universe. They came to the understanding that as humans, we are a part of that universe, so the laws that apply to nature, apply to us.   Thus, Chinese Medicine treats the individual on the holistic level.  The medicine is simple, poetic and effective.​

The medicine not only involves acupuncture but also several other modalities.

  •  Acupuncture- we use single use, stainless steel needles.  They are disposed of once removed from you and never again used.  Needles are 100 times smaller than a hypodermic needle. 
  • Moxibustion-Moxa is an incense that is burned and held over acupuncture points and channels to warm and strengthen the meridian while having a calming effect. 
  • Tui Na- Chinese form of massage.  It is used to stimulate blood flow, open the channels and relax muscles to help the Qi flow more smoothly.
  • Cupping-  Glass cups are heated and quickly place on the skin to create suction.  This helps to move the blood and Qi of the body.  
  • Guasha- Using a specific tool, either a spoon, a horn or piece of jade, the skin is vigorously rubbed  or scraped to bring pathogens to the surface so they can be released.  It  also helps move blood and qi. 
  • Qi Gong-  A standing, slow movement based meditation.  It increases breath, circulation, muscular strength and Qi flow.