Acupuncture: stimulation of points on the body through the insertion of ultra-thin needles.
Non-Needle Acupuncture: for patients who might be sensitive to needles this alternative approach provides a gentle form of treatment through stimulating the acupuncture points with gold, silver, and copper needles that are not inserted into the body but held lightly over the points.
Herbal Medicine: customized Chinese herbal formulas.
Moxibustion Heat Therapy: the burning of an herb called mugwort near the acupuncture point. Used for its warming property.
Cupping Therapy: Suction cups placed on areas of musculoskeletal pain or tension to stimulate blood flow to the area, also great for respiratory ailments.
Guasha: the stroking of the skin with a tool made from jade, copper, or animal horn to stimulate blood circulation for pain musculoskeletal issues, also good to increase immunity if you feel like you are getting sick.
Dietary Therapy: Chinese dietetics prescribe different properties to different foods. It might be suggested to eat lamb for its warming property, or chicken for its cooling effect. Dietary suggestions are made based on assessment and diagnosis.
Movement Recommendations: specific qigong exercises to enhance overall therapeutic effect of treatment.
Qigong Tuina: An extremely gentle form of bodywork that mobilizes the body’s innate capacity to heal.
What is acupuncture?
The ancient practice of inserting of very fine needles into specific areas of the body to treat pain and disease. Acupuncture originated in China and has been practiced for over 2000 years.
What can I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit will last an hour and a half. I will begin by asking you what your main health concerns are and follow that with broader questions about your general health, lifestyle and history. Then, I will feel your pulses, look at your tongue, and palpate any area of pain or concern to examine what the best course of treatment will be.
How long are follow-up visits?
Follow-up visits are forty-five minutes.
How many visits will I need?
This varies widely depending on your unique health situation. Expect to book at least three appointments initially and then we will reassess where you are at after those three visits.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture should not hurt. However, it is normal to feel a variety of sensations which are most commonly described as a dull ache, tingling, pressure, or slight pinch. These sensations are commonly felt with needle insertion and manipulation but often subside with seconds.
How will I feel after the treatment?
There are many different ways you may feel after a treatment but the most commonly reported feeling is a feeling of relaxation &/or well-being.
Is acupuncture safe?
In general, acupuncture is very safe.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes, absolutely! They are single use needles that are discarded after one-time use.