Your body wants to be healthy. Your mind wants balance. Your soul wants to fulfill its purpose.
Unfortunately, our natural equilibrium may be disrupted by any number of factors such as anxiety, stress, poor nutrition,weather conditions, genetics, infections, toxins, parasites, and/or trauma. Acupuncture aims to restore the body's natural balance by stimulating homeostasis. It's best known in the West for pain relief and continues to be extensively studied by institutions.
Acupuncture focuses on overall well-being rather than treating only specific, isolated symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to restore equilibrium within a person's physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Many patients at the clinic come in for regular, quarterly, or annual "tune-ups" because it helps them maintain the sweet spot of balance they've worked to obtain.
In my own practice, in addition to common pain syndromes, I also regularly treat patients for anxiety and depression, insomnia, headaches & migraines. And, I've also been privileged to work with those wanting to start a family coming to the clinic for fertility treatments, to pregnancy and postpartum health.
WHAT WILL MY FIRST VISIT BE LIKE?
The first visit lasts about 90 minutes. We'll begin with a discussion of the chief reason you've come in, followed by a comprehensive health history. As with all aspects of Chinese medicine, your entire case is taken into consideration so we can determine what is causing the dis-ease. Because we are treating the whole person, not just the symptom, a robust intake evaluation is needed.
After the initial interview, I look at your tongue and feel your pulse - two key diagnostic methods. Tongue and pulse diagnosis provides for quantitative data to look at in addition to your symptoms.
The acupuncture points are then selected. The sterile needles we use in acupuncture are hair thin and different than what you've probably seen in your doctor's office.
Patients who have experienced acupuncture before often fall asleep or go into a state of relaxation. Many of my patients say that the time on the table is the most relaxing hour of the week.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
If you are in an acute situation, such as you just threw out your back for the first time, usually only a few sessions are needed. If you are in chronic situation, such as this is the tenth time you've thrown out your back in 10 years, you can expect more treatments.
My experience has shown with Patients who are able to maintain a consistent acupuncture regimen in addition to following through with assigned homework (diet upgrades, lifestyle modification, etc.) and are compliant with herbs, if prescribed, tend to heal more quickly.
The ideal approach to illness is to begin treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek help, the easier any condition is to treat.
The effects of acupuncture tend to be cumulative, therefore follow-up treatments are important once the healing process begins. The more consistent you are with your acupuncture treatments, the better the likelihood of achieving positive results.