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spacer Chinese medicine is based on the theory that living beings have a vital energy, called qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi circulates through twelve energy pathways on the body known as meridians. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins. Acupuncturists insert very fine needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence qi. Improving the flow of qi helps the body regain balance, which then allows the body to heal. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is most known for its effectiveness in treating pain. Because acupuncture does this holistically by treating the whole body, it is also able to treat a variety of illnesses such as:

  • Bodily pain anywhere
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Gynecological symptoms (PMS, menopause)
  • Incontinence, urinary tract infection, and childhood bed wetting
  • Infertility
  • Mental health issues (depression, anxiety, PTSD)
  • Morning sickness or nausea due to chemotherapy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Respiratory symptoms (asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Stress, insomnia, and addiction management

  • What should I expect?

    Treatment begins with an initial consultation, which includes a complete interview, looking at the patient's tongue, and taking the patient's pulse. Once a diagnosis is made, then treatment ensues.

    Does Acupuncture hurt?

    Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a human hair and their insertion is practically painless when done by a skilled professional. In some cases you will not even know the needles are in place. In others there may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of the qi moving up and down the channels. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment.

    How many treatments will I need?

    This depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. A series of 5 to 10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. To help reduce the number of treatments, your practitioner may suggest dietary medications, specific exercise regimens, relaxation techniques, and/or Chinese herbal medicines, all of which may help to increase the efficacy of acupuncture. Chinese Medicine can improve quality of life on an ongoing basis for conditions that cannot be fully cured.

    Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?

  • Wear loose clothing. Clothing that can be rolled up above elbows and knees works best. Avoid one piece dresses and stockings.
  • Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, or emotionally upset.

  • Is there anything I need to do while receiving an acupuncture treatment?

  • Relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from treatment.
  • Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.

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