What is Acupuncture?

Ancient Medicinal Wisdom for Mind-Body Healing System.

Acupuncture is a traditional Asian system of medicine that has been practiced safely and effectively for over two thousand years.  

Acupuncture activates the body’s ability to heal itself.  There are about 365 major acupuncture points throughout the body.  Each point has a specific function.  When a whisker thin acupuncture needle is placed superficially into the body, natural healing mechanisms are stimulated.  The body responds by sending Qi or Energy and fresh blood and cells to the area for healing.   Feel-good endorphins are released creating a calm state of mind.  The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are regulated, which increases the experience of overall relaxation and helps to create resilience to stress.  An acupuncture treatment naturally balances on an emotional, mental and physical level.  

Chinese Medicine emphasizes that the circulation of blood including nutrients, defense substances and oxygen are the foundation of functional balance for all physiological systems.

Health = a state of balance in the body.  How do you know when you are out of balance?  The body communicates through symptoms, such as insomnia, bloating, pain in the body, depression or anxiety.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown to be effectively treated with acupuncture. 

Acupuncture is also a Wellness program: striving for a healthy balance in the Mind-Body creates a healthy immune system.  When experiencing increased stress, have frequent treatments to avoid imbalance in the body.  A balanced Mind-Body results in a healthy, energetic and joyful person!

Acupuncture has evolved into a welcome adjunct therapy to the western medical community, treating various physical, mental and emotional conditions.

Our patients love the way they feel after a session with our compassionate acupuncturist: 

  • Improved mood 

  • Reduced pain and inflammation

  • Increased energy level

  • Healthier digestion

  • Deeper sleep 

  • An overall sense of well-being.

Acupuncture heals the overstressed, the overtired, and those struggling from emotional, physical, or mental conditions. For information on disorders/diseases that Acupuncture specifically treats, please follow this link.

We welcome you for a session to energize your path to wellbeing today.

Who needs Acupuncture?

Actually everyone benefits because Acupuncture stimulates your own healing system, which makes digestion work better, creates deeper more consistent sleep patterns, reduces inflammation and promotes an overall sense of well-being.

Acupuncture treats your overall body systems that is experiencing its unique symptoms.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms and conditions that improve with Acupuncture…see the full list.

Preparing for your Acupuncture Treatment

- Please don’t brush your tongue!  Your tongue provides diagnostic information.

- Drink plenty of water - be hydrated.

- Eat about two hours before your appointment.  You don’t want to feel too full or too hungry.  Please do not go to your acupuncture appointment on an empty stomach, because the treatment can leave you feeling lightheaded and physically depleted.  It is better to eat something, even if it is close to your appointment.

- Coffee does not go well with an acupuncture treatment.  Coffee increases sympathetic nerve activity resulting in fight or flight mode, whereas acupuncture turns on the parasympathetic nervous system which is termed rest and digest.  So to maximize your treatment, please avoid caffeine at least two hours prior to your appointment.

- Avoid alcohol before your session.  Alcohol numbs us and takes the edge off while acupuncture increases getting in touch with our body mind spirit.  

- Acupuncture promotes self-healing in the body.  Carefully schedule your time after the treatment, to allow the healing to continue.  Don’t do a challenging workout afterwards.   A walk in the woods or enjoying our lovely view would be perfect.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes!  I use ultra-fine, filiform, single-use needles that are the thickness of a whisker. In fact, you can fit between 5-10 acupuncture needles into the one hypodermic needle used for drawing blood! Insertion is often painless or may feel for a brief moment like a mosquito bite.

Many patients find an acupuncture treatment to calming, joy enhancing and relaxing.  Actually people even fall asleep during a treatment.

How often do I need an Acupuncture treatment?

This is a question that depends on what issues you are experiencing. During your first session, I will let you know the treatment frequency that will best serve you.

How to make Acupuncture work for you.

Healing is a process!  You will experience relaxation and a sense of well-being after treatment.  However, most conditions require at least three treatments to experience improvement and chronic conditions will need 5-10 treatments for improvement.

Any healing modality, whether it be chiropractic, physical therapy, psychotherapy or pharmaceutical have a prescription for dosage.

Dosage = frequency of visits within a certain period of time to stimulate healing.

Effectiveness of treatments are based on cumulative effect of treatments in your body occurring at a particular consistency - as prescribed.  Each time you receive an Acupuncture treatment, your body systems are activated for repair and restoration.  

If there is too much time between treatments, depending upon the severity of the issue, it will impact your overall healing process.  How long does a treatment hold?  For example, you may experience relief from symptoms for a few days after treatment.  Having frequent treatments before the symptoms return, allows continuity in the healing process.  As you heal, the treatments will hold longer until there is complete relief.

The healing process depends on how your body heals.  It is important to remember, that we are not masking symptoms, we are HEALING your body.

As your partner in health, you play an important role in the process.  Please follow my prescriptions for health.  I may suggest dietary and lifestyle recommendations.  Trust in the process and follow my plan for treatments and possible referrals.

Tools used in the treatment room:

Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use, stainless steel disposable needles, that are discarded after each use.  The needles are superficially inserted into carefully chosen points to provide a positive effect on physical and emotional condition.  Acupuncture is virtually pain free and many people end up taking a nap while they lay with the needles in them.

Electroacupuncture has a broader effect on muscles, tissues, nerves and fascia. The current gets deeper into the tissue, resulting in improved circulation, tissue repair, pain reduction and an anti-inflammatory response.

Heat Therapy with the TDP mineral lamp is a far infrared light which increases the circulation of an area and loosens the muscles and tendons so the body may be able to heal the area of concern. 

Biophotas Light Therapy was originally developed by NASA.  This is the application of light energy to the body to obtain therapeutic benefits.  It produces a natural photo biochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis and has a wide range of beneficial applications, such as anti-aging skin rejuvenation, acne, rosacia, arthritic pain, muscle and joint pain, muscle spasm, muscle tissue tension, anti-inflammatory and increase micro-circulation.

Moxabustion is a type of heat therapy used for a wide variety of ailments. The mugwort plant (Artemisiae Argyi) is dried and ground up into a cotton-like substance called moxa that is burned directly on the skin and snuffed out before reaching the skin.  Moxa is incredibly nourishing and healing for the body.

Cupping Therapy is also referred to as Myofascial decompression, stimulates micro blood circulation, lymph and Qi (pronounced “chee”) within the superficial muscle layers.  The purpose of Cupping is to alleviate pain and tightness, improve range of motion and assist in detoxification.  Cupping consists of the application of suction cups or fire cups to a lubricated area of the body which will help release tight muscles, release excess heat, and increase the flexibility and amount of blood in the area to facilitate the natural process of healing.  Often a non-tender mark resembling a bruise will be left on the skin for a few days.  It is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders such as sciatica and menstrual cramps.

Gua Sha is also called Graston Technique.  It involves the use of a smooth tool made out of jade, another stone or flat tool, which is rubbed down lubricated skin along or against muscles or energetic channels. This action releases conditions caused by excess trapped heat, moves stagnant blood, and increases the ability of the Qi energy to move throughout these channels.  Gua Sha is often used to release tight muscles, help with respiratory conditions or anywhere on the body to release pain.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels.  Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Applying essential oils to acupuncture points will enhance healing, promote relaxation and energize the mind.

Chinese Dietary Therapy recognizes the individual properties of food, such as texture, taste, and temperature. These properties can be used as physical medicine to optimize the function of the body and help clear the symptoms of disease. They can be used to clear excess dampness such as mucus or phlegm, astringe excess fluids, increase the production of blood components, as well as other uses. Chinese Diet Therapy is used as an adjunct with acupuncture as a continuing treatment performed at home for overall balance.