When I tell people I am an acupuncturist they will ask me: “What is acupuncture good for?” For me, acupuncture is 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 moxabustion, cupping, Guasha, 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 treatments we will access the progress of your treatments. 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?
“…but I’m afraid of needles.” Sometimes there is a misconception that acupuncture needles are similar to hypodermic needles as in the kind your doctor will use 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 may not serve us. Once trust is built between me as the practitioner and you as the patient stronger treatments can be done and may or may not be necessary. For those of you that are extremely sensitive to needles Japanese Hari is a great method because it’s very gentle style and is 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 in to see me. Physical strains from sports, concussions from falling off a bike or sports, herbal formulas for flus and colds, stress and anxiety, sleep issues, digestive problems, etc.
WHAT ARE MERIDIANS?
“In acupuncture and Chinese medicine) each of a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy is said to flow. There are twelve such pathways associated with specific organs.”
The 12 meridians are divided into 6 and 6 relating to Yin and Yang.
The 6 Yin meridians are Lungs, Spleen, Heart, Kidney, Liver and Pericardium.
The 6 Yang meridians are Large Intestine, Stomach, Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Gallbladder and ‘Triple Burner’.
Example of the Stomach Meridian.