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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment modality from a traditional medicine system first developed and practiced in Asia more than 2,500 years ago. Acupuncture facilitates healing by the insertion of very thin, sterile, disposable needles into points along the body’s meridians or pathways. These points access and manipulate the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital life force. It is by the stimulation of these points that acupuncture regulates the energy flow and thereby affects your body’s own healing response. This process of healing will address an individual’s imbalances and return their body to its natural healthy state. Acupuncture treats signs and symptoms as well as the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

What are Meridians?

Meridians are pathways of vital energy, Qi flowing through the entire body. These meridians have been found to correspond with the pathway of many blood vessels and nerves. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Theory, blockage, excess, or deficiency of Qi or blood in one or more meridians can be a primary source of pain and disease.

How long is a course of treatment?

Each treatment plan is based on the individual’s health, their personal response to acupuncture and the length of illness (acute or chronic). One treatment may be successful in treating an illness. However, the longer you have been ill or injured, quite often the longer it will take to recover. Generally, I recommend an initial course of 6 consecutive treatments, 1 to 2 treatments per week. Then we will re-evaluate to determine what further type of treatment maybe necessary. Other treatment modalities that I may use include herbal medicine, dietary therapy, exercise, lifestyle advice, moxibustioand Tui Na(Chinese Massage).

Does acupuncture hurt? What will I feel during the treatment and how long does it last?

Needles used in modern acupuncture are very fine, almost hair-like in flexibility, and cause a limited sensation upon insertion. Sometimes patients feel a tiny prick or slight pressure when the needle is inserted, but most do not classify it as “painful.” It is normal to feel a heavy, dull sensation once the needles are inserted. The needles usually stay inserted for 20-40 minutes depending on the condition. During your 1st appointment we will discuss your main focus, symptoms and overall health in depth. Chinese medicine looks at your body as a whole, so each piece of information helps to make an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Along with the comprehensive intake you will also receive a treatment. This will often last from 1½ to 2 hours. The follow up treatment sessions lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is an ancient heat therapy that stimulates specific acupuncture points by burning Chinese mugwort, or “moxa”, indirectly on a point or along a meridian. The term is derived from the Japanese “mogusa” meaning herb (mugwort or Artemisia argyii or Artemisia vulgaris), and the Latin “bustion” meaning burning.
Moxa is very useful for many cold conditions and to strengthen the needling prescription therapy. Some common conditions that are successful in treating with Moxa include arthritis, menstrual cramps, body pain, and many more.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is one of the more important modalities utilized in TCM and has been used for over four thousand years in China to treat many diseases and conditions. Chinese herbs are comprised of minerals, shells, plants (leaf, stem, root, and flower), and animal products. There are over 470 single herbs and more than 400 herb formulations currently used by most Chinese medicine practitioners. Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. Herbal medicine can come in the form of raw herbs, powders, or pill. Ginger is a plant in China, which is not only used as a food but also as herbal medicine.

Before treatment

I ask that you eat a light meal or snack before your treatment. If you are coming to your appointment on an empty stomach, please let us know. Some patients experience dizziness, fainting, or nausea if their blood sugar is too low during treatment. Also, avoid drinking alcohol or smoking medicinal marijuana prior to coming to the clinic.

You may be more comfortable wearing loose-fitting clothes that can easily roll above the elbows and knees.

If you would like to complete the new patient forms prior to your visit, click on Patient information form or E-mail Megan and we will send them to you.

As a new patient, you should always inform any health practitioner about pre-existing conditions, the names of all medications you are taking, whether you are, or could be pregnant, and if you have a cardiac pacemaker or cosmetic implants

Should I keep my appointment if I'm sick?

Yes. Acupuncture and herbal treatments are highly effective for treating acute conditions such as colds and flu, stomach viruses, and headaches. Patients often report immediate improvement in symptoms after acupuncture treatment and/or herbal therapy.