Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine, based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called “qi”, that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins. Acupuncturists insert needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence the restoration of balance to the flow of qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body. An acupuncture treatment may also include cupping and Gua Sha.
Just a few of the conditions Treated By Acupuncture:
Acupuncture Treatments take approximately one hour. Cost: $80.00
How does Acupuncture Work?
Pain or illness can result when the healthy flow qi is interrupted. Acupuncture points lie on meridians and by stimulating points, acupuncture can restore the flow of qi by improving blood circulation in the affected area and promote the body’s natural healing process.
What to Expect During a Treatment?
Appointments generally last forty-five minutes to one hour; the first treatment may take a little longer. The practitioner may ask seemingly unrelated questions to your condition, but that’s because Chinese medicine looks at the body as a whole. The practitioner will also ask to take your pulse on both hands, look at your tongue, and palpate channels on your arms, legs, back, or abdomen. The questions, pulse, tongue, and palpations are all diagnostic methods used in TCM to determine which meridians are affected for a TCM diagnosis and treatment plan. Many clients notice an immediate relief (partial or total) of their symptoms.
After the diagnosis process, the treatment will last between 10-30 minutes depending on the condition. Most patients find this relaxing. Each patient is treated as an individual as no two patients are the same, and as no two patients are identical, neither are two treatments. TCM is an individualized medicine.
At the end of the treatment, the practitioner may recommend herbal medicine, TCM nutrition advice, or other recommendations consistent with TCM that may prolong the treatment and speed up the healing process.
What to do Before the Treatment.
Most importantly, make sure you eat at least a light snack or don’t eat too much within one to two hours of your treatment. You may not feel the full effects of the treatment on an empty or overly full stomach.
Try to wear loose fitting clothing and be prepared to take off your socks and shoes. Some of the most common areas needled are hands, feet, and joints. Also, be mindful of your condition i.e. if you have stomach issues, it is likely that points will be selected on your abdomen or for low back pain, points on your low back may be used.
What to do After the Treatment.
The effects of acupuncture typically last from 1-3 days, but may last shorter or longer depending on the condition. The more often acupuncture is received, the longer the effects last. Drink plenty of water, preferably lukewarm as cold water can disrupt the flow of qi. If you didn’t have much to eat before the treatment, make sure you eat soon after.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Most patients find that acupuncture does not hurt. There can be a dull, achy sensation, which is good. It’s usually referred to as “qi gathering.” Most patients may find it different at first but not uncomfortable. If there is a sharp, stabbing sensation or a lasting, electrical sensation, let the practitioner know, so they can adjust or remove the needle.
Although uncommon, there may be slight bruising where some of the needles were inserted. There may also be some blood droplets upon removal of the needles. This is no need for concern as this is often seen as a good sign for healing and is occasionally intentional.
If anything is uncomfortable, let the practitioner know so adjustments can be made. The treatment is supposed to be a comfortable, positive experience.