Acupuncture is one of the oldest, and most commonly used medical practices in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, then becoming more widely known and accepted in the United States during the early 1970’s. Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body which are organized in pathways called meridians. “Qi,” which can be understood as the body’s universal energy, flows within these meridians between the surface of the body and connecting with the internal organs. Disease is a result of an imbalance somewhere within the 12 main or 8 secondary meridians. Health can be achieved by correcting that imbalance through the proper manipulation of certain acupuncture points. To affect change within the meridians and internal organ structures tiny needles are inserted among various combinations of acupuncture points. Other Traditional Chinese medical modalities can be used in addition to needling, such as, moxibustion, (the burning of the herb mugwort), other heat techniques, pressure, electroacupuncture, diet, movement and Chinese herbal medicine. Herbal Medicine is also available alone, or in conjunction with, acupuncture.
Herbal Medicine can treat a wide range of conditions. Herbal prescriptions are safe and almost never present any adverse side effects. Most herbal remedies are prescribed in the form of patents which are more suitable for most people’s busy lives.
Acupuncture needles are so tiny that most of the time you can't feel them at all. On some points you may feel "Qi" which is the vital energy of the body moving, this senfsation is not painful and when I explain about the shifts in “Qi”, many people find it thrilling to have an awareness of this essential part of themselves.
Yes- when practiced by a licensed practitioner. Acupuncture needles are pre-packaged, sterile, used only once and are disposed of immediately after use. Licensed and NCCAOM certified acupuncturists undergo 3-4 years of rigorous graduate level training and must pass state and national exams. Whereas some states allow practicing MD’s to complete a 100 hour training program and are then considered licensed to practice Acupuncture.
Before a treatment, you should have something light to eat (try to avoid being either too hungry or too full), wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, and not be under the influence of alcohol or other recreational substances.
Your first appointment lasts about one and a half hours but can sometimes run into 2 hours. Follow up treatments last generally one hour.
The needles used are tiny, and sterile. Most people are amazed at how pain free acupuncture and kick themselves that they didn’t come in sooner. Every once and a while there will be a quick small pinch, that is over in an instant. (my patient’s told me to put here that it’s painless, but for every 50 needles there may be one that pinches some so this is to respond to that 1%.
Acupuncture is wonderful for general well-being, stress-reduction and boosting immunity. Many issues can be resolved early preventing you from getting sick at a later date. Along with your initial evaluation much will be discussed about prevention and you will leave with a great awareness of health and prevention.
It depends on what the problem is and how long you have had it. The general rule is that the longer you’ve been out of balance, the longer it takes to resolve. Everyone responds at different rates to treatment, but most people feel a reduction in symptoms within the first one to four treatments.
Some people feel very different after a treatment. I’ve heard, “I feel grounded,” or “I have so much energy,” and “I feel so alive!” I believe acupuncture gets your energy aligned with the most natural and balanced state it can be in. How would this shift in energy feel? Great!