When I tell people I am an acupuncturist they will ask me: “What is acupuncture good for?” For me, acupuncture is a limitless and holistic therapy because it’s focus is restoring the body back to balance, enabling the body to heal itself. Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture, but also a variety of treatment methods such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle guidance.
How Long Does it Take?
The next question that follows is: “How long will it take?” The answer is… it depends. Every person is unique and their capacity to heal is different. You have your own unique health history. During your treatment(s), we will assess your progress. Your initial intake is very important. You will be asked to recall past injuries, surgeries, medications, emotional traumas, environmental exposures, etc. Click here to download your intake form: medical history form.
Does it Hurt?
“I’m afraid of needles.” Sometimes there is a misconception that acupuncture needles are similar to hypodermic needles (the kind used to draw blood). For the most part, acupuncture needles are not painful. As a practitioner, I want your body to relax and accept the treatment, and causing you a lot of pain would be counterproductive. Once trust is built between me as the practitioner and you as the patient, stronger treatments can be implemented—which may or may not be necessary. For those who are extremely sensitive to needles, the Japanese Hari technique is a great alternative because it’s very gentle and still effective.
What about Acupuncture for Children?
“You can use acupuncture on kids?” Yes! Please use Chinese Medicine for your kiddos. Children have a remarkable ability to heal quickly. The treatments are gentle, too. Here are some examples of when you can bring your child(ren) in to see me: physical strains from sports, concussions due to falling off a bike or while playing sports, or to obtain herbal formulas for flu and colds, stress and anxiety, sleep issues, digestive problems, etc.
What Are Meridians?
Per Chinese Medicine, there are many pathways in the body along which vital energy is said to flow. There are 12 major pathways, and 11 of them are associated with specific organs.
These 12 meridians are divided into six relating to Yin, and six relating to Yang.
The six Yin meridians are: Lungs, Spleen, Heart, Kidney, Liver, and Pericardium.
The six Yang meridians are: Large Intestine, Stomach, Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Gallbladder, and Triple Burner.
Pathway of the Stomach Meridian.