What is acupuncture?

It’s a traditional method of healing that originated in Asia, but has been used worldwide for much longer than what we call “medicine.” Those ancient healers were pretty incredible, forming theories and protocols 5,000 years ago that line up with our “Western” understanding of the body today – without the benefit of all our modern tech. (Did you know MRI’s today can actually prove a lot of this stuff?) Anyway, these classical doctors realized that our bodies and everything going on inside them were based on energy. By harnessing the power of energy (read: nervous system), they could trigger the body to use its own healing mechanisms. They activated points using bamboo & stone…but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t as pain-free as today’s methods

Acupuncture is among the oldesthealing practices in the world. As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

What To Expect from Acupuncture Visits

During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.

Since this system of health care may be different than other care you have received, it is only natural to have questions.  Read on to find out what to expect and how to get the most out of your treatments.

Acupuncture and your Health

Acupuncture and TCM  take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health.  This means your Acupuncturist will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns.  You will work together to find out how factors like your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being may be effecting your health.

Getting the chance to really discuss your health concerns with us, and having us really listen, maybe new to you.  Think of it as your opportunity to form a partnership for better health.  The more you take part in your healing process, the more successful it will be.

Your First Visit

Initial visits generally last from thirty to ninety minutes.  We will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first exam, we will spend time getting to know you  and your health concerns.  We may be asking a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional status and anything that may offer insight into your health.  We will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to Acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.

Your Treatment Plan

Once we have gathered enough information, you will receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

– Your underlying imbalances
– Your timeline of care
–  What types of treatment you will receive

How Treatment Works

At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi, or vital energy, flows throughout the body.  Qi animates in the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease.  A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific Acupuncture Points along the Meridian Pathways.  We will concentrate on Acupuncture Points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

 We may include other related therapies in your treatment plan such as:

–  Cupping,
–  Tui Na,
–  Auricular Therapy
–  Gua Sha
–  Moxibustion
–  Electrical Stimulation

We may also include:

 –  Aromatherapy
–  Homeopathy
–  Chinese Herbal Medicine

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan.  Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being.  Together, we can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, we can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances.  The more you incorporate Acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you will learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

Getting the most from your Acupuncture treatment

–  Please show up on time
–  Do not eat a large meal before your visit
–  Wear loose comfortable clothes
–  Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with Us
–  Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment.
–  Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.