Safe, effective, gentle relief from chronic pain, stress, fatigue, digestive disorders, mental/emotional distress, infertility, and a host of other ailments. Side effects include better sleep, elevated mood, and increased energy. Truly natural, holistic healing in a calm and relaxing environment.
The above are some of the most common reasons that patients seek treatment; however, this is only a small representation of the powerful healing effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture is holistic medicine, meaning that the entirety of the patient must be taken into account to form a differential diagnosis. This includes your medical history, current conditions and symptoms, as well as your home, work, and social lives – everything that rounds you out as an individual. All facets of a person have an impact on their overall health, and acupuncture is designed to treat everything simultaneously, at the source (not just the symptom level), such that improvement is seen at all levels in a very short time.
This gentle medicine has been practiced and proven effective for thousands of years, with side effects that include improved sleep, digestion, mood, and many more.
Your acupuncture treatment may include any of the following:
The insertion of single-use disposable acupuncture needles
All needles used at the clinic are surgical stainless steel, sterile, and disposable – used on one point on the body and then discarded. Multiple needles may be inserted into several locations on the body, and anywhere from 1-15 needles may be used in a single session. Needles are usually retained in the body for 5-45 minutes, depending on the treatment.
Made from mugwort herb, small cones or sticks are burned on or near acupuncture points on the body, producing a pleasant feeling of warmth. The burned portion of a moxa cone or stick does not touch or burn skin.
Diagnosis using the pulse, tongue, and eye
Chinese medicine utilizes several diagnostic techniques to put together your differential diagnosis. In addition to your reported symptoms and medical history, your practitioner will also feel your pulses. There are 6 Chinese pulses at each wrist, for a total of 12. The pulses along with features of the tongue and eye give the practitioner information about the health of the organ systems of the body. Chinese medicine is holographic, meaning that the whole is represented in the part; e.g., all the major organ systems are represented on the body of the tongue.
Recommendations for Chinese herbs, (western) vitamins/supplements
Chinese herbs can be used effectively to treat both chronic and acute illness. Your practitioner may discuss herbal recommendations with you as part of your individualized treatment strategy. Herbs can support your treatment and lengthen the amount of time you experience relief from your symptoms.
Similarly, we offer a selection of high quality vitamins and supplements for sale at the clinic. All products sold are only available via health care providers and are carefully and ongoingly scrutinized by the clinic practitioners to be of exceptional quality.
Chinese nutritional therapy
The energetics of food is a rich and particularly useful topic. The ancient Chinese applied the energetic patterns they observed in nature to all beings – animal, vegetable, and mineral. Every food has an energetic action in the body and an affinity for certain organ systems; thus, the diet we eat can be used as medicine! For example, in Chinese medicine, the Liver has an affinity for sour foods. These foods are recommended to support the functioning of the organ. Remarkably, modern science is making these same connections that the Chinese made thousands of years ago. A 2002 study showed that when applied to human liver cancer cells in a petri dish, extracts of cranberry and lemon had the highest anti-proliferation effect by far when compared to a host of other fruits!
Your practitioner may make dietary suggestions that will help to support your treatment goals. Chinese nutritional therapy involves the inclusion (and possibly avoidance) of certain readily-available foods as a way to treat internal conditions. This is another avenue for creating a holistic approach to wellness. Such suggestions will be food items you can find at a regular grocer or local health food store, and recipes are also provided when requested.
For patients who can not be needled, and on young children, acupressure can be used in place of needle insertion. Acupressure is simply the application of pressure to different acupuncture points on the body. Needle insertion is rarely necessary in young children; in those cases, stimulation of the points via pressure is sufficient for treatment.
This technique involves placing glass cups on parts of the body and creating gentle suction so that they stick. The suction increases blood flow to the local area to promote healing. The procedure is not painful or uncomfortable despite the fact that it can cause temporary bruising of the area. These bruises generally disappear over the course of a few days.
Like cupping, this technique is used to move blood that has stagnated by increasing blood flow in targeted parts of the body, or along acupuncture meridians. It involves using a round-edged instrument to apply pressure/massage to the body, often in long strokes. The result is a light red rash that generally fades in 2-4 days. Like cupping, this technique is not uncomfortable or painful to the patient and is often reported to feel good, like a light massage.
If you have a question about acupuncture treatment for a specific condition, or any acupuncture-related inquiry, contact me to request a free 30 minute acupuncture consultation. Also, take a look at the Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.