Treatments can alleviate pain, headaches, depression and anxiety symptoms, cravings, and even gently balance hormones and metabolism. Certain digestive issues and insomnia can also be alleviated with acupuncture. Acupuncture for health maintenance and coordinated care with your medical doctor is an excellent way to get healthy and stay healthy. Acupuncture also encourages patients to engage in corrective steps to lead a healthy more balanced lifestyle, whether it's nutritional or habit related.
Consults are complimentary and allow time for you to get to know the practitioner, ask questions about acupuncture benefits for yourself, address concerns related to your care, and see if acupuncture is a good fit for you.
How much time should I allow for an Acupuncture visit?
Acupuncture sessions usually take about 45 to 60 minutes for an initial visit, and 30 to 60 minutes for follow up visits. Your practitioner will want a detailed health history and will go over any concerns or questions about your particular treatment plan. Acupuncture treatments are specifically designed for each unique individual and their primary health goals.
Community Acupuncture Sessions are shared in an open format setting. This is a quiet zone, please silence your phones, be respectful of shared serene space. Wear comfortable clothing and removable shoes. Acupuncture points from the knee crease and elbow crease down are often used in treatments, keep this in mind when selecting your clothing.
Frequently asked questions about needles and such.
Do you reuse the needles?
No, they are sterile packed and after treatment disposed of in a sharps container.
Does it hurt?
For the most part no. There are some points that are more sensitive than others, but generally we can get the needles in without you feeling almost anything. The most frequent reaction to a first time needle insertion is, "That's it? I didn't even feel it". Sometimes we get: "You put a needle in?"
There are some point locations that are tender. Those can feel like small pressure or light pulsation. If anything is uncomfortable you let the practitioner know so that we can make adjustments. We don't want you to be uncomfortable during a treatment.
Why do some of the needles look different?
There are different colors indicating length and diameter of a needle. There are also different types of needle handles and packaging that each practitioner gets used to. We like to find needles we are comfortable with, and more importantly that you are comfortable with.
What's in the needles?
Nothing. Acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow, and constructed hair thin.
The most common questions around treatment I get:
What should I expect?
Expectations need to be addressed and adjusted accordingly for each individual. (If you haven't slept for 10 years, your insomnia may not go away on the first treatment.) The first treatment is new for you, so you may not be able to sink in like the guy/gal that comes out looking like they just woke up. Give yourself an appropriate amount of time to get the feel of and relax into acupuncture.
Treatments are subtle. Most people get very relaxed, some of them snore (which is considered a complement). A variety of discomforts may naturally ease. I have patients that say it's important to look for what is no longer there. Are you sleeping better? Is your energy better? How's your mood? Has your pain subsided or lessened, knowing that it may not be 100%.
Expect to feel relaxed after. You can do what you normally choose to in moderation.
How often do I need to come in?
Expect to make a commitment of at least 5-6 visits. While one hit wonders are amazing, and we love them too, the reality is that it may take at least a few visits to balance out. (It's like going to the gym, you do not go just once and say you are in shape again.)
Expect to come in seasonally or when stress kicks up in your life to maintain results. Seasonal maintenance and "tune ups" are important.
Herbal Medicine is a daily treatment protocol. The herbs selected address your constitution and your pattern of disharmony. The root and underlying cause of the symptoms can be addressed, as well as the branch or symptoms produced by the root etiology. Herbal formulas can address sleep troubles, digestive issues, pain related issues, low energy, and even onset of colds and flus.
Moxibustion is used either as a singular treatment using select points or as an adjunct treatment with acupuncture needles. Moxibustion nourishes points with warmth and additional circulation. Moxibustion can be an excellent relaxation treatment with or without needles.
Cupping is used to bring circulation and reduce stagnation in certain areas of the body. It is a relaxing non-needle therapy that can be used to treat muscular pain and tension related to stress. It can also be used in certain protocols to alleviate certain respiratory symptoms.
Tui Na is Oriental Medical Massage, like acupressure. There are protocols to treat different conditions in both adults and pediatric cases. Tui na is non-needle therapy that can be utilized in the office or even assigned as "homework".
Cosmetic Acupuncture is tailored according to your specific constitution and pattern of disharmony with a concentration on weight loss and metabolism, or facial acupuncture. This may also be helpful post Bell's Palsy.