If this is your first time with us, we recommend you do not brush your tongue (during teeth brushing) that day.  The practitioner will want to look at your tongue to assess for diagnostic reasons.  It is also best to eat a light meal before your session so that your body has energy to work with.  Not too overly hungry or overly full is best.  It is also best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms/legs below the elbows/knees are easily accessible. Do not engage in strenuous activity, drink alcohol, smoke excessively, or ingest heavy meals before or after your treatment. This will allow the treatment to solidify in the body.

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Acupuncture is very, very safe. There are no complications or negative side effects.

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Acupunture treatment with needles does not hurt. This is the most common question asked about acupuncture (besides, “What is acupuncture?”) because many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker, so they are virtually painless when inserted.  Most people feel a light tap when the needles are applied. You may feel warmth, heaviness, tingling or pressure around the needle. These sensations are normal and desirable. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly. All needles are disposable.

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As opposed to “What is Acupuncture?”, people are more interested and tantalized about what it will do for them. We are extremely well versed in fertility and pain management.  However, our practice runs the gamut. Because Chinese medicine is about balance, and symptoms stem from an imbalanced body, we treat just about anything; gynecology to autoimmune issues to pain management. Systems we work with include:
  • Fertility Challenges
  • Pain Management
  • Gynecological Problems
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Digestive Issues
  • Immune System Issues
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Emotional Wellness (Stress, Anxiety, Sadness, Depression)
  • Allergies
  • Dizziness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol

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Acupuncture is a self-regulating treatment that balances the body. As I said earlier, when an organ is out of balance, we experience symptoms. When we receive acupuncture, it sends a signal to that organ to rebalance it and then symptoms disappear. It’s quite remarkable actually and in some ways, simply a manipulation of directing one’s Qi and Blood. Another thing to mention is since it is self-regulating; the body knows what it needs. For example, let’s say I have four patients and I needle Large Intestine 4 (He Gu) on all of them. One patient may need that point for constipation; to move the intestines. Another patient may need it for sinus issues; LI4 is the command point for the face and ends in nostril area. The other patient may need it for emotional letting go of grief that is being stagnated in the Lungs; they are partners in crime and support each other. The last patient may need it for pain in the foot along the Liver channel. The body knows exactly what to do in all four cases by needling the same point. Incredible!

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In Chinese Medicine, each organ has a set of symptoms (ie. headaches, insomnia, anxiety, low energy, etc) that will manifest when that organ is “out of balance”. Each organ also has a meridian or pathway. Acupuncture is administered along these pathways that send a signal back to the organ rebalancing it. When the organ is back into balance, those symptoms virtually disappear.

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Acupuncture itself is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points that lay on these meridians. These points have been proven effective throughout time for specific problems or diseases. In acupuncture, there are no side effects. It is merely a tool to allow the body to heal itself.

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