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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into the body to stimulate and improve your Qi flow.
The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognizes the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of 43 common disorders, includinggastrointestinal disorders such as peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, and gastritis; urogenital disorders including stress incontinence, urinary tract infection, and sexual dysfunction in men and women;gynecological disorders of irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome; respiratory disorders such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis; disorders of the bone, muscles, joints, and nervous system like arthritis, migraine, headaches, neuralgia, fibromyalgia, insomnia, dizziness, back, neck, and shoulder pain, and chronic pain syndromes; circulatory disorders such as angina pectoris, hypertension, and anemia;emotional and psychological disorders including depression and anxiety;addictions to alcohol, nicotine, and drugs; supportive therapy that relieves the unpleasant side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Acupuncture is appropriate for any age.
What Can I Expect at My First Appointment?
Treatment usually takes about an hour, your first appointment will probably last an hour and a half.
First we get your full health history. Then we discuss your symptoms and review your overall state of health. I will take your pulses and look at your tongue. Next I will place 10-20 tiny needles into your skin. There are acupuncture points all over the body but most of the needles will go below your knees and elbows. I may also place needles into your back. You might feel a little pinch with the insertion of the needles. You may also notice aa ache or vibrating sensation near the needle site. The needles remain in place for 20-30 minutes. During treatment you can relax and maybe even fall asleep.
I recommend committing to 5-10 treatments to see how you respond to acupuncture. Initially you may see shifts in your symptoms that last for a few days. With repeated treatments your symptoms should decrease to the point where treatments give relief for a week, two weeks then a month. Ideally we want to get to a point where your symptoms are resolved and come in monthly or quartly, as needed, for tune-ups. As an added benefit you may also notice improvement in your quality of sleep, energy levels, mood and other areas.
What About the Needles?
Acupuncture needles are just a little thicker than a human hair. They are solid, not hollow like hypodermic needles and are made of the highest quality surgical steel. Needles are pre-sterilized, individually packed, and disposable. They are used once, and then discarded. With proper technique, the needles cause little or no discomfort and are painless after placement. A feeling of tingling or heaviness may be felt as the needle contacts the Chi. People generally enjoy their acupuncture sessions and report feeling deeply relaxed during and after treatment.
What About My Doctor?
Acupuncturist cooperate with physicians and do not make recommendations regarding medications. There are some conditions best treated by Western healthcare, and your acupuncturist may recommend that you visit a physician.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.