What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that was developed over 2000 years ago. This medicine works along the 12 meridians that run through our body. Acupuncture is performed by inserting hair-fine needles into specific acupuncture points to increase circulation, or decrease a response. Acupuncture has the properties of moving a blockage with the body also referred to a stagnation. Acupuncture is done on the bases of bring the body back into balance. Acupuncture can have a positive effect on all conditions, because we are stimulating the channels that are affected to help bring the body back into homeostasis.

What is Qi in the body?

Qi is considered the vital force of energy that moves within the body. When qi (energy) becomes stagnant or blocked, organ function is impaired. By using Acupuncture and Chinese herbs we have the capabilities to move qi, eliminate blockages, and restore balance to the meridian system.

How many treatments will I need?

For each patient the treatment protocol depends on the patient’s condition. Our rule of thumb is 10 sessions and we see patients twice a week. This treatment protocol has been proven to give patients the best results. If there is a chronic issue more than 10 session may be necessary.

What are maintenance visits?

Once we have achieved results with our patients, our protocol is to follow up with monthly maintenance visit. These visits help keep our patients on track to living healthy lives.

What to expect on the first visit?

On your first visit, arrive about 15 mins before your appointment. This will give you ample time to fill out paperwork. Our Initial intake and diagnosis goes over the patient’s medical history, this can take upto 30 mins. Following the diagnosis we perform the acupuncture treatment, that is usually an hour long.

How Soon Will I Start To See Changes?

This depends on what is being addressed and how long it has been present, along with your general health. Typically, short-term (acute) problems will respond within a few treatments, while longer-term (chronic) problems may take up to twelve or more treatments before consistent change occurs.

Do I need to eat before my treatment?

Yes, it is recommended to eat a meal at least 30 min before a treatment. This is important so you will be able to receive the most from your treatment. Having acupuncture on an empty stomach can result in lightheadedness, dizziness, and even fainting.

What should I do after my treatment?

After a treatment it is important to listen to your body. An acupuncture session can be taxing on the body or give you a boost of energy. Taking the time to analyze what you need can be beneficial to you.

Will I Have To Get Acupuncture Forever To Keep Feeling Good?

No, but this also depends on the reason(s) you are getting treated. For acute conditions a handful of acupuncture treatments should do the job. For chronic, a maintenance schedule of some sort would be in order to keep things on track after the initial period of relief and change. Many patients feel that a “wellness visit” is beneficial and come every so often to keep things in balance.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The needles are very tiny, thin and flexible. However, it isn’t always painless and some areas on the body are more sensitive and it may vary from person to person. Most patients say that they barely felt the needle; however everybody has a varying degree of sensitivity and fear of needles. To give you an idea of thickness you could put 30 acupuncture needles inside 1 hypodermic needle. More than anything, your treatment should be deeply relaxing. We have treated very sensitive patients and are able to adjust the treatment to each individual’s needs.

Why Are The Acupuncture Needles Placed In My Hands And Feet If It Is My Back That Hurts?

There are many ways to practice acupuncture that involve different styles and techniques, as well as theories and many points along the body that can target the chief complaint. Local needles may be used, but distal needling is often used to address the origin of the problem.

I Am Not Feeling Well Today, Should I Still Get A Treatment?

If you are just not feeling well, or coming down with a cold, those are great reasons to come in and get treated. Acupuncture can reduce the duration of a cold or stop it from coming on any further.

Do you take insurance ?

Yes, we do take ainsurace the best way to find out if you are covered is to contact the office.

Do you offer Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Yes. Chinese Herbal Formulas are tailored to the individual’s root cause of disorder.

What is Acupoint Injection Therapy?

Acupoint Injection Therapy uses therapeutic substances such as homeopathics and vitamins to aid in health restoration.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is a manipulation of the body that can improve circulation to encourage detoxification by moving blood and lymph buildup. Massage therapy releases muscle tension and supports relaxation.

What is Structural Integration?

Structural integration is a process that restores balance in the body through manipulation of the connective tissues of the musculoskeletal system.

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture brings nourishment to the skin, improving fine facial line and diminishing the deeper wrinkles. Stimulation of the acupuncture points increases the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in even skin tone and texture.

What is a BioMeridian Evaluation?

The BioMeridian Evaluation is a comprehensive analysis of a person’s energetic health and balance.

Do you offer Nutritional Counseling?

Our Acupuncturist offers individualized nutritional health assessments based on a traditional medicine approach, including appropriate foods for your body type, lifestyle practices and health.

How can Food Sensitivity and Wellness Tests help me?

The tests offer through Cell Science provides us with a myriad of information that we use to guide our patients to live healthier lives.

What are Essential Oils used for?

The use of essential oils as part of our practice effects mind, body, and emotions. Generating an environment for increased healing.