Acupuncture

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I’m guessing you found yourself here because you want to feel better. Maybe it’s important to you that you find a natural treatment option without side effects, or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, you’re in the right place. Here are some basics about acupuncture:

Acupuncture “jump starts” the body’s innate healing capacity. Our bodies are incredible systems that can rebuild bone, muscle, tissues and nerves, and regulate hormones and brain chemistry all at the same time!

We are designed to heal.

The reality of life today is that diet, lifestyle, emotions, and the influence of chemicals and toxins in commercial products and the environment all contribute to disrupting our natural healing process. We become unable to use 100% of our healing capacity. Acupuncture helps access more of our natural healing capacity. This is often all it takes to start the cascade of change that leads to relief, getting you back to your healthy vibrant self.

Acupuncture heals the cause, not only the symptoms.

When chronic conditions have persisted for many years, the healing process is a bit like peeling an onion. Symptoms will resolve one layer at a time as your body starts to heal. Our bodies are not designed to heal selectively, so typically when one disease begins to subside, other seemingly unrelated symptoms resolve as well. This is one reason acupuncture patients are so loyal to the medicine: you come in for back pain, but as your back pain subsides you find your dry itchy eyes have also improved!

It is, in part, the same mechanism behind diet changes. Discovering one or two foods that are causing inflammation in your system and eliminating them can result in a whole host of symptoms beginning to resolve. Acupuncture reduces stress hormones and allows your body to transition into restoration mode (aka parasympathetic mode). This drastically increases your ability to heal.

Read How Acupuncture Works.

Your acupuncture treatments are cumulative!

The three main phases of care are: Relief care, Corrective care, and Wellness care.

  • With Relief care we are looking to get you relief from your most intense symptoms.
  • Corrective care is phase 2, where we retrain your body to a new way of functioning so that your symptom-relief lasts.
  • Finally, wellness care is what acupuncture was designed to do best– keep you well and act as a preventative measure to strengthen you against future disease and pain.

Relief care tends to require 2-3 visits per week, corrective care is 1 visit every 7-10 days, and wellness care is 1 visit every 3-8 weeks. If you feel good and symptoms aren’t resurfacing, acupuncture is recommended once every season change as maintenance.

Your acupuncture treatments may include:

  •  auricular therapy (ear acupuncture),
  • electroacupuncture (electromagnetic pulses through the needle points),
  • or manual therapies like moxa, cupping, or gua sha.
  • All acupuncture sessions include The BioMat for far infrared heat benefits. You may request sessions without the BioMat.

Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points on the body to stimulate a physiological response (we all call it “qi”) which, when balanced, leads to health. I will determine the root imbalance and your symptom pattern. During your acupuncture treatment, needle locations are chosen based on your individual diagnosis. Rarely are two treatments exactly the same. Treatments will change along with your symptoms.

Most acupuncture points lie along channels called meridians, and many are located in naturally tender depressions in tissue that can be distinguished from surrounding tissues (Acupuncture points have recently been mapped via Magnetic Resonance Imaging/MRI). It is fascinating to note that while Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the use of needles has 5000-year-old roots, only recently has modern science begun to map the points and investigate how they work.

“The data in support of acupuncture is as strong as that for many accepted western medical therapies……One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.”—1997 National Institute of Health