Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

What Is Oriental Medicine?

Oriental Medicine is a system of natural healing.  Central to Oriental Medicine is the concept of Qi, or vital life force energy (pronounced "chee").  Qi flows in a cyclic pattern throughout a network of energy pathways called meridians or channels.  The unimpeded flow of Qi throughout the body is responsible for the proper balancing of all the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the human being.  

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The meridians communicate with the surface of the body at specic locations called points.  Acupuncture points are gateways which can be influenced with such things as needling, sound vibration, pressure or moxibustion (heat therapy) in order to re-establish balance and harmony.  This continuous and harmonious flow of vital life force energy - of Qi - allows for the optimal functioning of all the physiological systems, and for creating a sense of well-being, which is at the core of good health.
Oriental Medicine employs the use of acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, tui na bodywork and herbal medicine.  Using these modalities the practitioner can influence the Qi in order to:
Stimulate The Immune Response Increase Sense of Well-Being
Improve Circulation & Energy Level Improve Digestion
Regulate Hormones / Increase Fertility Regulate Periods
Release Physical & Emotional Trauma Relieve Menstrual Pain
Relieve Pain, Inflammation, Tension Relieve Allergies
Prevent Disease
The system of Oriental Medicine originated some 3,000 years ago, and due to its proven effectiveness has been embraced around the world.  Oriental and Western Medicine complement each other and can easily be integrated to offer optimal health and wellness.
What Happens During A Session?
We begin with a conversation about your main complaint, health history, lifestyle habits, etc.  I also collect valuable information by palpating your abdomen, wrist pulses, and by observing your tongue, facial complexion and body symmetry.
Extremely fine, pre-sterilized, and disposable needles are inserted very gently, yet quickly past the pain receptive first layers of the skin, making insertions virtually painless.  Upon insertion you can expect to feel normal Qi sensations such as light tingling, heaviness, pulling, warmth or itching - either locally or along the energy pathways.  These sensations generally last a few moments then gradually fade away.
Once the insertions are complete you typically feel nothing more than a deep state of relaxation.  Needles are left in place for approximately 25-45 minutes, depending on the condition being treated.  Many patients fall asleep and upon waking from their acupuncture nap comment on how they thought they were at home in bed.
Treatments last one hour (one and a half hours for the initial visit).  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.  Most of the points used in treatment are from the knees and downward to the feet, from the shoulders and downward to the hands, and on the abdomen and on the back.  Therefore, it is best not to wear a one-piece outfit or dress.
In most cases I combine Acupuncture treatment with a selection of Sound Therapy tools such as precision calibrated tuning forks, singing bowls, Tibetan bell, symphonic gonging, drumming, etc.  And, for some cases I will include a Chinese herbal consultation.
The most common result immediately after a treatment is a deep state of relaxation and an overall sense of peace.  Other results often include reduction of pain, increased range of motion, increased energy, reduction of inflammation.
Some people feel that they would benefit from a nap following treatment, while others feel re-vitalized.  Either reaction is common and normal.  However, for your first session you may want to make sure your schedule is open to have that time to relax and rebalance.
How May Sessions Will I Need?
That depends upon the duration, severity and nature of the condition, as well as the general constitution of the patient.  For an acute condition, just one to three treatments may be needed, and scheduled close together.  It is generally easier to re-establish balance within the body if treatment is sought out at the onset of disease.
To resolve a more chronic condition, a series of five to fifteen treatments may be necessary, with treatments occurring once or twice (for cases of sever pain) per week.
Although these are estimations, each person will respond to treatment in their own way, depending on their constitution, severity of their condition, their lifestyle/diet, etc.  Individual treatment plans will be discussed with each person during the initial intake, and also re-evaluated after a few session.
Many degenerative conditions improve greatly with on-going treatments for a longer period of time, in some cases lasting three to six months.  Beginning with weekly treatments and gradually tapering down to treatment once per month, then as needed for flar-ups.  This is a typical treatment plan for more severe conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, etc.
The effects of Acupuncture are long lasting and definitely enhanced by appropriate diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle.
Preventative Care

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Preventative care sessions, specifically at the change of seasons, are highly recommended.  For people with higher stress levels, or conditions with flare-ups, return sessions once per month may be called for.
Some people choose to come for monthly sessions purely based on the relaxing and enjoyable effects of Acupuncture & Sound Therapy treatments.
You do not need to wait for an illness or injury to occur to benefit from treatment.  The experience of the session is well worth it.

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