The Basics of Acupuncture Part 3 (Berkeley Acupuncture)
What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
In addition to asking many questions, the acupuncturist will take your pulse at several points along the wrist. Unlike Western medicine the last thing we are concerned about it the rate. An acupuncturist looks for width, force, definition and depth. No pulse is good or bad, only informative and helps dictate the treatment. The acupuncturist will also take note of the shape, color, and coating of your tongue, this also helps dictate the treatment plan. Other things are the color and texture of your skin, your posture, and other physical characteristics that offer clues to your health. You will lie down on a padded examining table, and the acupuncturist will insert the needles, tapping, twirling or gently jiggling each as it goes in. You may not feel the needles at all, or you may feel a twitch or a quick twinge of pain that disappears when the needle is completely inserted. Once the needles are all in place, you will rest for about 40 minutes. During this time, you’ll probably feel relaxed and sleepy and may even doze off. At the end of the session, the acupuncturist quickly and painlessly removes the needles.
How many treatments do I need?
The magic question… Each patient is different, it depends upon the duration, severity and nature of each individual’s complaint. Generally three to fifteen treatments are adequate for the majority of illness in it’s flare phase, followed by conditioning and then maintenance. Acute conditions may require only a single treatment and some chronic issues may require a whole series of treatments.
“After relocating to San Francisco from the East Coast, I found myself feeling anxious more often than not and plagued by various stomach and digestive problems. When Western medicine failed me in these areas, I found myself looking for alternative therapies and I am so thankful that I found Christina. Her compassionate treatment and guidance have not only rid me completely of my stomach problems, but have helped me to be more relaxed, better able to manage my stress, and more centered in myself. I recommend Christina wholeheartedly.”
–Tara V., Student, San Francisco, CA
Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for fifteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Christina entered Acupuncture school without ever having an Acupuncture treatment. She simply felt it was her calling.