What does it treat?
The WHO and NIH recognize the ability of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to treat the following clinical disorders and more!
Infections: cold & flu, bronchitis, hepatitis
Internal: hypoglycemia, asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes
Eyes/Ears/Nose/Throat: earache, allergies, dizziness, tinnitus, sinus infection, sore throat, hay fever
Mental/Emotional: anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, PTSD
Musculo-Skeletal & Neurological: arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, joint pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, headaches, stroke, cerebral palsy, sprains
Genito-Urinary & Reproductive: impotence, male & female infertility, PMS, men's health, vaginitis, irregular menses, cramps, breast tenderness, morning sickness, menopause related symptoms
Addictions: alcohol, nicotine, and more....
And much, much more....
How does it work?
For thousands of years Oriental Medicine has acknowledged that there is a vital life force that flows through all things which is called Qi (pronounced "chee"). In the west it is often referred to as "energy". Energy (Qi) flows along pathways in the human body, which are related to the organs and the tendo-muscular system. When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to either trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors or excessive emotional issues; pain or illness result. Oriental Medicine focuses on correcting these energetic imbalances by breaking up any obstruction and encouraging an even flow of Qi, which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself.
From a Western perspective, acupuncture has been shown to decrease stress and inflammation, increase circulation and stimulate the body's natural pain relieving hormones.
Does it hurt? How many needles will I need?
Where will you put them?
Needle insertion is an art that requires extensive training due to the fine, nearly hair-thin size of a standard acupuncture needle. Though you may feel an initial poke or pinch upon needle insertion, once the needles are in place warmth, tingling, heaviness and/or pressure at the site of insertion are among the most common sensations reported by patients. On average 8-12 needles are used during a single treatment and a majority of the points utilized are located below the elbows and knees.
What is a typical treatment like?
Several variations of treatments exist since each treatment is patient and condition specific. All new patients should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to allow ample time for paperwork. Once the paperwork has been signed and completed, Sarah will conduct a health history exam where questions will be asked regarding the chief complaint, as well as your health history, so that an appropriate assessment and treatment plan may be devised for you. Palpation of the pulse and inspection of the tongue will also be conducted as part of the assessment process. The goals of acupuncture and its modalities, any foreseen risks and additional questions will be discussed prior to treatment. Patient comfort is our primary concern. Most treatments are conducted seated or lying down. Please let Sarah know if there are any positions that are uncomfortable for you. Once the patient has found a comfortable position to rest the needles are inserted and are left in place for 20-40 minutes. During this time most people are surprised to find that treatments are quite relaxing. Many people fall asleep during treatment. Treatments last between 30-60 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required is determined by the chronicity of a condition and the presence/absence of compounding health factors. Some health concerns demand long-term, maintenance care, while recent, acute colds/flus, sprains and strains generally resolve more quickly. Within 3-4 visits a patient should have a clear assessment of the benefits of acupuncture. It is important to note that each treatment builds upon the next, treating the whole person and the root cause of disease to prevent future recurrence of symptoms.
What other modalities are offered at AcuHealth?
- Herbal Medicine - Diet/Lifestyle Therapy
- Tui Na/Bodywork - Cupping - Essential Oils - Moxabustion