What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. I use this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help people get well and stay healthy. I place, fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
Common Ailments Treated by Acupuncture
What is Qi (“chi”) and how does it travel?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi, or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people. In the same way, meridian pathways transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.
What will I (the acupuncturist) do?
During the initial consultation you will be asked to fill out several questionnaires regarding your symptoms and to list your major concerns and how they are effecting your life and to what degree. I will ask you questions regarding your symptoms, health and lifestyle. I will check your pulse and tongue and will conduct an exam utilizing nutritional response testing. This will allow me to gain knowledge of the health of each of your individual organs and glands, assess where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced, as well as, evaluate your overall health. I may identify possible food sensitivities, toxins, parasites and bacteria. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive assessment that I will review with you on your second appointment called the report of findings.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
How am I educated?
I am a nationally board certified licensed acupuncturist. I completed an extensive and comprehensive graduate training program by a nationally certified school. I passed a national exam and meet strict state guidelines to practice.
What can you expect to feel?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a little pain as the needles are inserted, or a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the “Qi sensation”. All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. The needles are approximately the size of a cat’s whisker. The depth of insertions varies from person to person. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, I may massage the acupuncture points to start, this is called acupressure.
How is Qi blocked or disrupted and how does that affect my health?
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain or disease can set in.
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