Below you'll find in depth explanations of the different treatments I offer. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine and is a safe and effective way to naturally bring balance back to the body and mind helping to alleviate numerous ailments, from pain management to infertility. In fact, The world Health Organization recognizes many conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.
Traditional Asian medicine dates back to over 3,000 years as a primary health care system in China. Now, acupuncture is used as a primary treatment modality in Asia, Europe and most recently, the U.S. It may be used in integration with western treatments for chronic conditions as well as a preventative measure that enhances health, strengthens the immune system, and restores balance to your daily life. Most patients experience no pain and instead discover that it is extremely relaxing as it can release deep tension and give an overall sense of well being.
What's involved in a treatment
Traditional Asian medicine is a holistic medicine that tailors individual treatments to individual needs. An in-depth intake is taken at the beginning of the first treatment to ensure a better understanding of your needs and to formulate a treatment plan that is designed specific for you.
Needle insertion. Very fine 'hair like' sterile single use needles are used and inserted at various points in the body. This procedure is very safe and has been used for centuries.
This treatment is mostly pain free and counter-intuitively extremely relaxing.
The needles stay is for about 20 to 30 minutes and most people fall asleep. An overall treatment is about an hour long.
After the procedure
Some people feel relaxed and you may feel an overall sense of well being. Some people feel a very healthy energy after an acupuncture treatment. You should notice some change to symptom duration or severity after the first treatment, however some pathologies may require a couple treatments before a difference is noticeable. A very small percentage of the population may not respond to acupuncture
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is mostly completely pain free because the needles are so small 'hair like'. Sometimes a mild achiness or heavy feeling may felt around the needle. This is a type of activation energy that is called 'Da Qi'.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works deep in the body to facilitate the flow of Qi which increases metabolic, vascular and lymphatic flow bringing focused healing to the areas that need it. This is like an overall internal deep breath that helps to instill a deep sense of relaxation. In doing this it also works to relax muscles and other connective tissues. Although it can be described as having a non-specific overall effect, many systems have been found to show marked improvement.
Results include but not limited to: Better cardiovascular flow, better nerve conduction, hormone secretion regulation, decreased inflammation and regulation of pain signaling, and regulation of the stress response.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies from person to person and is dependent on factors such as the history of the illness or pathology and the response of each person to acupuncture.I find it is best to keep an ongoing open discussion with the patient to evaluate improvements. You could only need 1 to 2 treatments for an acute condition, where chronic conditions usually require a more visits to bring things back into a manageable point. Sometimes maintenance treatments are needed which is also variable depending on the condition
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding and very rarely, bruising where the needles were inserted.
Cupping is an ancient healing modality in the Chinese medicine. However, it is a universal therapy practiced by many. It has recently gained a lot of attention in the bodywork industry for its notable therapeutic effects on sore muscles. Traditionally it is used for a myriad of reasons including reducing cold and flu symptoms, detoxing tissues, increasing circulation, and relaxing muscles to relieve pain.
Traditional fire cups use fire to create suction. The flame is immediately extinguished as a vacuum is created when placed on the body.
Will cupping leave marks on the skin?
Yes, cupping often leaves temporary marks on the skin. The marks resemble bruising, but are not painful. They are the result of bringing blood and toxins to the skin surface. The color of the marks can range from pink to red to dark purple, depending on your condition. The marks can last up to several days. To help reduce this duration, it is recommended to drink plenty of water after your treatment.
Can I get burned during cupping?
The flame used to produce suction is removed or extinguished before placing the cup on the skin, and the cup will not be hot when it touches the skin. Cupping is performed under a controlled environment, so there is little risk of getting burned.
Herbal Medicine and nutritional counseling
Just like an allopathic doctor works to find you a pharmaceutical, I work to construct a supplement and herbal plan specifically tailored for you to aid your body in a restorative path to achieve your health care goals. Many ailments simply need the proper building blocks to restore the proper balance and alchemy. Your specific symptoms and presentation are as unique as you are and so are your goals. With that in mind, I use a combination of nutrition, supplements and botanical and Chinese herbs to find the best plan suited for you. I am a strong believer in the use of nutrition and herbs. Many building blocks need other components to be absorbed and to correctly assimilate in the body. Mother nature has put all of these key components in one perfect package.
What are Chinese herbs? Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to successfully treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms including headaches, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cough, nasal congestion, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, menstrual cramps, and pain. Over the centuries of use they have been wildly researched and are extremely safe. However, for medicinal doses you should always work with an eastern medical practitioner or herbal specialist to ensure there are no interactions with current supplements or prescriptions.