What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture was started in China about two thousand years ago as a method of treating health problems by inserting fine needles into the body at certain points. These points are specific to particular symptoms and illnesses and their locations have recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research.
What is Group Acupuncture? (not currently offered)
Group Acupuncture is acupuncture done in a group setting -- from 2 to 5 individuals. Patients are fully clothed and seated. A brief problem-focused history is taken with each patient and acupuncture needles are placed on the ear; and depending on the patient’s condition, additional acupuncture points on the body may be used. Acupuncture points on the ear can be used to treat the whole body.
Group Acupuncture is an easy introduction to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a good way to meet the practitioner for the first time. Group Acupuncture also minimizes cost and minimizes the number of needles for those who are apprehensive about receiving needles. There is an added benefit to receiving acupuncture in a group; this experience is similar to meditating in a group instead of alone.
Group Acupuncture is well suited to treat a broad range of problems, including:
• Depression, Anxiety
• Painful syndromes
• Women’s health issues
• Lowered immune function
• Alcohol, Nicotine or Drug dependence
• Sugar, Caffeine habit
• Health Maintenance/Wellness
Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are about the width of a hair, making the insertion light and usually painless. If there is any discomfort, it dissipates in the first few seconds after they are inserted. Most people feel absolutely nothing upon insertion besides a slight tingling sensation.
How do I know acupuncture is safe?
The needles are all sterile and used only once. Needles are never re-used and are discarded according to state mandated bio-hazard disposal regulations. Practitioners are trained specifically to know exactly where the needles should be inserted to ensure maximum safety and well-being of their patients.
What is Qi (aka Chi)?
One English translation of the word Qi means energy, and though Qi is invisible, its presence becomes especially apparent in the workings of the bodily organs and systems which require prodigious amounts of energy. Qi is also known as the life force. One’s good health depends on a balanced distribution of Qi throughout the meridian network influencing all the organs and bodily parts.
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong, like Tai Chi Chuan, is a Qi practice and is thousands of years old, pre-dating the use of acupuncture and herbs as a healing method. Qi practice is the practice of moving, strengthening and balancing one’s Qi or vitality. There are over a thousand Qi Gong forms practiced all over the world. These forms can be meditative or moving forms, but all Qi Gong forms focus on breathwork, calming the mind, and healing and energizing the body through daily Qi practice.
How many times do I need to come in for acupuncture?
The treatment course depends on a few variables: what is being treated, how long you’ve had the problem, how strong your constitution is and what kind of treatment is given. Generally, a treatment course is 10 visits; but again, the amount of time needed to treat your condition will fluctuate depending upon the above factors. I recommend you continue receiving treatments once the initial complaint is resolved to ensure long-term wellness.
What is Chinese herbal medicine good for?
It can treat many diseases and in particular acute diseases like flu, chronic problems such as gynecological diseases (including infertility), autoimmune diseases and allergies, as well as dissipate pain and discomfort after traumas.
Can I still take herbs even if I'm taking prescription medications?
I am trained not only in the complete usage and properties of herbs, I also know about possible interactions with western medications and supplements. Speak to me about what medications you are on and it will be taken into consideration when prescribing herbal medicine, possibly with a modification of any formula that you would be given.
Do Chinese herbal formulae have any side effects?
When Chinese herbs are prescribed in accordance to your diagnosis, you should experience few to no side effects. If you have sensitivities to certain herbs, you might have particular side effects from the formula. If you have sensitivities to certain herbs, you might have particular side effects from the formula, in which case you should stop taking the formula immediately and contact me.
What is involved in a Chinese medicine diagnosis?
Several methods of diagnosis are used to define a customized treatment plan. Your pulse and tongue will be evaluated, questions regarding your condition will be asked, and palpating acupuncture points on the body will provide information on your health condition.