ACUPUNCTURE & EASTERN MEDICINE

Our Philosphy 

Acupuncture therapy is focused on treating the whole person by rebalancing the body's energy using various minimally invasive techniques. Eastern medicine has its basis in the theory of meridians, where blood and Qi (energy) circulate through the body via a system of channels. By stimulating certain acupoints on the surface of the body, both Qi and blood flow can be regulated to restore balance and remove stagnation. Acupuncture is a complementary form of medicine with very few side-effects and can assist in the adjunctive treatment of numerous conditions. 

 

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture originated as a therapeutic treatment in China 5,000 years ago and continues to be used today throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, and North America as both a non-conventional form of care as well as a primary care system.

 

 

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

TCM is an acupuncture treatment that incorporates points located on various areas of the body and may extend to the scalp and ears. Certain conditions may benefit from the additional use of moxa, cupping, or electroacupuncture. 

 

 

Moxibustion 

Moxa is used to strengthen the blood and to stimulate the flow of Qi. Due to the potent aroma of moxa, our office is only able to utilize moxa in the liquid form.

 

 

Cupping

This technique involves using small glass cups that are gently applied to specific areas of the body. The suction of the cups creates a gentle lifting pressure to the skin, similar to a massage. Cups  are left in place for 5-15 minutes or can be moved across the skin in a gliding manner.

 

 

Electroacupuncture 

This procedure involves attaching small clips to the acupuncture needle bases. An electronic device is then used to control the frequency and intensity of pulses being delivered to each acupuncture point. This technique is similar to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which uses electrode pads in place of acupuncture needles.

 

 

Commonly Asked Questions 

 

Are There Adverse Side-Effects?

When performed correctly by a properly trained healthcare practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective. There are virtually no side-effects to the treatment; however, one may experience a deep state of relaxation or increased energy levels during or after treatment.

 

 

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Usually the procedure is virtually painless. Often one may experience a "prick" sensation when the needle is inserted. One may also feel an achiness, tingling or warmth in the area. Once the needle is in, it should be completely painless.

 

 

How Will I Feel During Or After The Treatment?

Usually people feel relaxed throughout the treatment, as well as when they leave. The effect of the treatment may be instant (i.e., instant pain relief or emotional balance); however, usually it takes approximately 5 acupuncture sessions to feel a substantial improvement. The results vary from one individual to another.

 

 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

When performed by a properly trained licensed practitioner, acupuncture is generally regarded as very safe. The needles used for treatment are pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use. In addition, the physician knows human anatomy well and will insert the needles in a safe fashion. Though rare, bleeding may occur, but is minimal and in no way dangerous. Please let the physician know if you are taking blood-thinning medication.

 

 

What Kind Of Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

Although acupuncture is a very safe and effective treatment in itself, it can be extremely powerful when combined with proper diet and lifestyle to treat most conditions including:

 

  • Pain

    • Low back pain, sciatic, rotator cuff syndrome, knee pain, etc.

  • Headaches/migraines

  • Neurologic and muscular disorders 

    • sciatic, numbness and tingling, muscle weakness

  • Digestive disorders

    • GERD, bloating, nausea, constipation 

  • Respiratory conditions, including allergies

  • High blood pressure

  • Stress and emotional conditions

  • Insomnia

  • Womens Health 

    • Dysmenorrhea, PMS, menopause, infertility, morning sickness 

  • Edema

  • Stress and Insomnia