What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body's Qi (pronounced "chee") and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being.
It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
acupuncture needles: do they hurt?
When you think of needles, what comes to mind? Probably not the most pleasant thought. It may even make you cringe. That is understandable.
Acupuncture needles are approximately the size of a cat's whisker, which is ten times smaller than an average hypodermic needle.
Some say that it feels like a mosquito bite - at worst, you might feel a slight pricking sensation. The needles stay in about 15 to 50 minutes, depending upon the type of treatment you are receiving. After the treatment many people tend to feel extremely relaxed and calmer.
Your First Visit:
A gentle touch
Initial visits generally last from sixty to ninety minutes.
Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
GUA SHA / Cupping
Gua sha is a type of "press-stroking" using a sterile, smooth-edged instrument on lubricated skin. The use of Gua sha can be very effective in the treatment of long-standing, stubborn, chronic pain as well as for acute musculoskeletal and organ-related conditions. Gua sha typically leaves a mark similar to that of a "hickey" which goes away in a few days.
Cupping is the use of sterile, heated glass cups on skin to loosen tight muscle tissue, encourage blood flow, and relax the body. Cupping is very effective in treating back and neck pain, muscle stiffness, reducing stress, and improving respiratory conditions. Cups may be applied and kept in a single location for 5 to 15 minutes, or may be applied to lubricated skin and moved along specific muscle tissue. Cupping typically leaves a mark similar to that of a "hickey" which goes away in a few days.
NIH & WHO as effective
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of (not a full list): Anxiety, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Common Cold, Constipation, Digestive Trouble, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Low Back Pain, Menopause, Menstrual Irregularities, Migraine, Morning Sickness, Nausea, PMS, Sciatica, Sleep Disturbances, Smoking Cessation, Stress, Vomiting, and Wrist Pain.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.