What’s Acupuncture good for?
The principals behind Oriental Medicine are based on optimizing the body’s innate healing potential. We are designed to heal. We just get blocked up, and when that happens, we get sick, and our ability to heal becomes diminished. Acupuncture and Tui Na free up those blocks and re-appropriate the flow of qi, which results in less pain, less illness, more healing potential, and a general sense of feeling better all over. So, Acupuncture is good for any manner of disharmony of the Body/Mind/Spirit.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
There is a sensation, sometimes mild, sometimes stronger, but it’s usually considered more interesting and fleeting, than painful. Patients report a pulling sensation, a warm feeling, a pinch, a tug, a tingle, a dull ache, a buzz, or a sensation extending from the needled area, or somewhere else in the body. Folks who are more sensitive are encouraged to express that, which will result in my “warming up” or gently palpating a point prior to its needling.
How many needles are used during a session?
It’s safe to expect somewhere between 4 to 12 needles; the fewer the better. A clear intention through fewer needles will always be easier to assimilate, and will be more effective, than many, blanketed over different systems.
Do I need to wear special clothing to a session, and do I need to get undressed?
Come as you are. There’s no need to wear anything special, however loose, comfortable clothing will allow easier access to certain points. If I do need to get to a point, or points which require you to be undressed, you will be thoroughly draped.
Why is the first session 2 hours?
The first hour, is an intake session, the second is a treatment. First, we have a detailed discussion about your health concerns, history, body systems, and general tendencies. Then, I invite you onto the treatment table, where you lie face up, and I spend a considerable amount of time listening to the 12 pulses, at the radial artery of the wrist, on both sides. We have more conversation based on the pulse diagnosis, then I begin treating you with Acupuncture and Tui Na.
Will I be lying alone with needles in for a long period of time?
You will not. I do think it’s often effective to leave the room for 5-10 minutes towards the end of a session, just to let you finish “cooking.” Generally though, I’m very hands on, and like to stay present. Tui Na is a very big part of a session, as well as an absolute patient and practitioner favorite. There will be plenty to experience, you won’t be bored, and you’ll certainly be getting your money’s worth.
Are the needles single use and disposable?
Will I have the same points needled each time.
Generally not. Every treatment you receive will be very different, with some possible repeat points. I pay particular attention to the 12 pulses. They guide the session to a great extent, telling me what you need, right now, in order to heal. I take that information and weave it together with what you’re reporting, how you’re presenting, and how you appear to move through life from a 5 element perspective. The points comes about from that, plus a bunch of other things.
Will needles be inserted directly into the injured area?
Almost never. There are Acupuncture points everywhere on the body, and there are practitioners who needle into an injured area. I employ a “distal,” or “away from” approach. It’s important to understand that an existing disharmony showing up as pain in one part of your body, is reflected in, is a reflection of, is directly related to, and is readily accessible via many other areas or points on the body. The points that I choose to needle, are based upon much more than “where it hurts.” Who you are as an individual, what you’re experiencing in terms of symptoms, and your life as a whole, as well as what the pulse diagnosis is suggesting, are all woven together to shape your custom designed treatment.
Is Acupuncture a good overall value compared to other alternatives?
When researching alternatives, it’s important to take into consideration, the cost, the amount of driving to and from, and the expected time period of the treatment process, all as a function of what you hope to gain from treatment, and what you’re willing to put up with. Are you willing to be put on meds, be scheduled for surgery, physical therapy 3 times a week, more diagnostics, and/or wait, sometimes months, to see another specialist, who can offer only more diagnostics, and either surgery or meds or both?
Or would you rather heal? Acupuncture treatments are scheduled once/wk, for 5 to 8 weeks, then tapered off, and cost $75 per follow-up visit. You will be seen for a first session usually within the week, and will soon be well on your way to feeling better. You will be offered simple, practical and effective “at home” self healing methods, as well as easy to get to Acupressure point “homework,” which will more than support our “in session” work. You will be given the opportunity to take charge of your healing process, in real time, and to ultimately learn how to better stay out of anyone’s treatment room, and rather, spend your life pursuing what it is that you love to do. That sounds priceless to me.
Can Acupuncture work, and is it safe, if I’m taking prescribed medication?
Absolutely. Acupuncture bolsters our innate healing potential. It optimizes how our body’s work, and therefore how they assimilate the things we put into them. Any necessary meds may work more effectively, and, as commonly seen, a reduction in dosage, or elimination of the med, is a possibility.
What kind of results might I expect from my first treatment?
Everyone is completely different in how they experience a session. Some folks have immediate and dramatic responses, other experience a slower gradual process. It’s good to just remain aware of how you’re feeling, on every level. What and how you report back about your progress from week to week, helps steer subsequent treatments. Immediately after a session, patients often feel relaxed and clear. Some are tired, and some are full of energy. I always advise that you plan your day accordingly. Be sure that you can rest, eat moderately, and drink enough water.
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