Acupuncture is thousands of years old and used across the world. It developed out of thousands of years of pragmatic study, and it has survived and flourished because it works. It can be used on its own, or as a compliment to many western medical protocols. Treatment typically results in a higher quality of life. Pins are inserted into specific points on the body to improve function, gently nudging your body’s Qi in the right direction. It is non-addictive, and chemical free. It treats both chronic and acute issues.
How to Prepare for an appointment
Fill out your initial intake forms, eat a small meal or snack, and wear comfortable clothes. I’ll take your full health history, and we’ll establish some treatment goals. After we get to know each other, and you ask me any questions you might have, we will get started with treatment.
The needles are very fine, like a hair follicle. They are not hollow, and it feels NOTHING like an injection or blood draw or tattoo. You will feel “nothing” or a slight dull ache (which is a good thing).
Cupping: This therapy involves affixing multiple glass cups to the back, abdomen, or joint. The skin and most superficial muscle layer are drawn slightly into the cup for 5-15 minutes, and the sensation and effects are similar to a massage. It removes tension and improves circulation to relieve pain. It often causes “bruising,” but it is not uncomfortable. Most patients love it, as long as it’s not bathing suit season.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbs differ from Western Herbs because they are typically used in combination with other herbs in a formula. Each herb performs a special function. Formulas are customized for you as your symptoms change. Be sure to tell me all the medications and supplements you are taking.
Shiatsu is a Japanese massage form based on similar theories used in acupuncture. It is generally regarded as a gentler massage form, but it’s effectiveness is significant and can often be felt for a long time following the treatment.
Moxa, or Moxibustion
Moxa is an herbal heat therapy in which mugwort is applied near the skin or directly to acupuncture needles to increase blood flow, improve immune function and deliver deep relaxation.