Ancient Knowledge Serving the Modern World
Acupuncture is the oldest continually practiced system of medicine in the world. It can support you on your path to a more balanced, whole and flourishing life.
Historically, acupuncture was intended as a preventative medicine with the idea of altering minor imbalances before they become illness or disease. Acupuncture can be effective in treating a wide variety of acute and chronic disorders.
People who receive acupuncture report that they are sick less often and recover more quickly. They experience improvement or complete disappearance of their symptoms. Patients also report increased vitality and stamina along with more harmonious relationships and an ability to better care for themselves in their daily lives.
What will happen at the first appointment?
We spend two hours on the Initial Health Intake and Treatment to assure there is plenty of time to discuss all of your concerns and record a thorough health history and lifestyle review. Checking 12 different pulses on the wrist, looking at the tongue and feeling the temperature of the skin on the abdomen also provide important diagnostic information. You will also receive a complete acupuncture treatment at the first visit.
What about the acupuncture needles?
Acupuncture needles are slightly wider than two human hairs. Only the finest quality stainless steel, sterilized, single use, disposable needles are used. Patients report a variety of sensations from needle insertion, which generally dissipate within a few seconds. Often patients report a slight sting, tingling or dull ache. Most people find treatment to be very relaxing. I will insert these thin, sterile needles at particular points along meridians in your body to access Qi/Ch’i (life energy) in order to help it to flow more smoothly and strongly.
What other modalities are used during treatment?
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is different from anything we have in western medicine in that it works with our Qi or our Energy. Qi runs through the body along twelve main channels and influences all of the bodies other systems. There are specific points along the channels where Qi can be accessed. There are over three hundred acupuncture points on the body. When Qi is blocked or depleted, pain, discomfort or illness arises. With insertion of the needles at specific points, acupuncture treatments move, balance and revitalize Qi, thereby alleviating symptoms. Acupuncture helps to support your body in healing itself. In treating a complaint, the goal is to consider the whole person and not just an isolated symptom. Through this approach, it is possible to move towards finding the underlying cause of the original complaint and eliminate the condition at its root source.
How frequently do I need treatment in order to receive the benefits?
The frequency of treatment varies with each individual. It is best to come in for treatment once a week for 4-6 weeks in the beginning. Treatments build on one and the results are longer lasting after a series of treatments. In time, your treatments will most likely get spaced out over longer intervals.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Treatments must be paid for at the time they are received. You will be provided with a receipt at each appointment which can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Insurance companies are starting to cover acupuncture more and more. Please check your individual policy.