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what is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical techniques originating in China over 2,500 years ago.  Today, what most people refer to as acupuncture is really the profession of Oriental Medicine (OM), which includes multiple therapeutic practices. Acupuncturists may use a wide variety of techniques including herbal medicine, Eastern nutrition, cupping therapy and movement therapy in addition to acupuncture.  OM views illness as an imbalance in the body and applies multiple modalities to strengthen and re-balance the system. It is especially useful as preventative medicine.

The technique of acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use and disposable needles into specific points on the body located along myofascial and energetic channels.  Upon insertion, the acupuncturist may gently manipulate the needles to help direct the body’s healing ability.  Needle insertion may feel like a “mosquito bite” followed by a dull ache, both of which are normal sensations and subside after a short time.  A patient can expect to feel sensations such as heaviness, warmth or tingling while the needles are inserted, but not pain.

Needles are retained for approximately 30 minutes, and patients receive anywhere from 6-20 needles based on the condition being treated.  Most patients describe a state of deep relaxation during and after treatment.

how does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural capacity for healing while treatments cumulatively tip the body back toward homeostasis. There a many benefits to consistent acupuncture therapy.  Some of them include:

*Improved circulation by stimulating the local blood vessels to dilate and bring blood flow to the region enhancing recovery

*Decreased inflammation by stimulating immune system cells

*Stress reduction by stimulating cortisol secretion

*A balanced nervous system by regulating heart rate, breathing and hormone secretion

*Pain relief by stimulating the brain to release chemicals called opiates

All of the above are at the roots of chronic disease.  By using acupuncture along with herbal medicine and nutrition therapy, one greatly reduces and prevents the possibility of chronic illness.

how many visits will i need?

A course of treatment is between 5 and 10 treatments depending upon how quickly the body responds to the therapies .  Some patients feel immediate reduction in their symptoms, while others take longer to respond; an acute condition may require fewer treatments, while a chronic issue may require more..  Acupuncture treatments work cumulatively, so the initial few sessions should be sequenced as close together as possible.

After the course of treatment, the practitioner and patient will then discuss setting up a “maintenance treatment schedule” to continue to foster healing.  Treatments last approximately 60 minutes, while an initial visit lasts 90 minutes. Visits include discussing health conditions & wellness goals, along with the acupuncture treatment itself.  The practitioner will further design customized herbal formulas and an Eastern nutritional plan for the client.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

CIRCULATORY DISORDERS

ANGINA, ANEMIA, ARRHYTHMIA, HYPERTENSION, PALPITATIONS, RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME

DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS

ACID REFLUX, ANOREXIA, BLOATING, CELIAC DISEASE, COLITIS, CONSTIPATION, CROHN’S DISEASE, DIARRHEA, DIVERTICULITIS, FLATULENCE / GAS, GALL STONES, HEMORRHOIDS, INDIGESTION, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, NAUSEA AND VOMITING, APPETITE, SPASTIC COLON, STOMACH ACHE, ULCERS

EAR, NOSE, THROAT

COLD SORES, CONJUNCTIVITIS, DIZZINESS/VERTIGO, EARACHE, EAR INFECTIONS, EAR RINGING, LACK OF BALANCE, LARYNGITIS, SINUSITIS, SORE THROAT, TONSILITIS

EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, INSOMNIA, STRESS

IMMUNE DISORDERS

SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS,GRAVE’S DISEASE,RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, ALLERGIES,DIABETES, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

MISC

SKIN CONDITIONS, FACIAL REJUVENATION, PREMATURE AGING, WEAK CONSTITUTION, CHRONIC INFECTIONS, WEIGHT LOSS

NEUROLOGY

SEIZURES, NERVE DAMAGE, STROKE, TREMORS, CONCUSSION, VERTIGO, LACK OF COORDINATION, LACK OF BALANCE, POOR MEMORY, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING

PAIN

ARTHRITIS, FIBROMYALGIA, FROZEN SHOULDER, JOINT PAIN, MUSCLE SPASMS, MIGRAINE, BACK PAIN, SCIATICA, TENDONITIS

REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS

PCOS, AMENORRHEA, MALE INFERTILITY, FEMALE INFERTILITY, FIBROIDS, DYSMENORRHEA, PMDD, PMS, ENDOMETRIOSIS, PROSTATITIS, ERECTILE DISORDER

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS, COPD, EMPHYSEMA, COLDS AND FLUS, PNEUMONIA

URINARY DISORDERS 

BLADDER INFECTION, FREQUENT URINATION, INCONTINENCE, INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS, URGENT URINATION, URINARY TRACT INFECTION