Acupuncture is a Safe and Natural Therapy to Improve Well-Being
Acupuncture is a form of medicine in which FDA needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is based on Ancient and Modern based medical knowledge. There are a diverse range of acupuncture theories based on different philosophies, and techniques vary depending on the country in which it is performed. The method used in TCM is probably the most widespread in the United States. It is most often used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions. Acupuncture can also be used in combination with other forms of treatments.
- Pain Conditions: Musculoskeletal Pain (back, neck, knee, shoulder, elbow, etc.), Arthritis, Migraines, Headaches, Sports Injuries, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, Post-Operative Recovery, Nervous System Disorders.
- Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, Allergies, Sinus Problems.
- Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Food Allergies, Ulcers, Gastritis, Acid Reflux, Indigestion, Constipation/Diarrhea.
- Women’s Health: Infertility, PMS, Menstrual Irregularities, Endometriosis, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Menopause, Hormonal Imbalances, Pregnancy Conditions, Postpartum, Reproductive Disorders, Breech Baby.
- Men’s Health: Incontinence, Reproductive Disorders, Prostate Problems.
- Mental/Emotional: Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Sleep Disturbances, Stress.
How Acupunture Works
Acupuncture is based on Anatomy Physiology and pathology. The earliest text, Neijing was written as early as 220 CE. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body a chain of events occurs that affect blood flow, and neurological responses such as the production of serotonin, dopamine, and Norepinephrine. Creating a cascade of the body’s own natural healing abilities.
FAQ: The Acupuncture Appointment
You’ve taken the plunge and have book your first acupuncture appointment. You maybe feeling excited, or even nervous or perhaps a little bit of both. That is totally Normal. Here is a list of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about what to expect.
How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
- You may want to spend a few minutes thinking about what it is you would like to achieve during your sessions to improve sleep, better digestion, back pain, etc
- You may want to write down any sign or symptoms you are experiencing
- If you are taking any medications, your acupuncturist will need this information
- Your acupuncturist may sent paperwork prior to your visit, take the time to fill these out. The practitioner will be able to spend some time getting to know your case before you even show up!
What Should I wear?
- Nothing special! We do recommend some loose comfortable clothing so that we may access different areas of the body. We understand this is not always possible. If that’s the case your Acupuncturist may ask you to remove some clothing. Don’t freak out! This is done in a clinic setting and always to protect your modesty.
- We also recommend to not wear heavy perfumes. Many patients at the clinic have allergies and sensitivities to strong scents.
- Keep the makeup to a minimum. We certainly aren’t here to judge you on how you look, so full red carpet makeup is not necessary. Also, your acupuncturist is most likely going to be looking at your skin, eyes, ears, and tongue. These are important diagnostic tools in Chinese Medicine!
Anything Else Before I Should Know?
- Please remember to eat about 30 minutes before arrival! Acupuncture for some people can cause a basal response especially if you are hungry. This is extremely rare, but either way, we want you to have the best experience possible. It is definitely hard to relax if your stomach is gurgling.
- Know where you are going. Getting lost is frustrating and running late is nerve-wracking! Call us or click the link below for proper directions, so that when you arrive you are relaxed and calm.
- Show up early. This will give you a few moments to relax, have some water and maybe even use the restroom. Early arrival also helps keep the office running on time. If you are running late please call the office and let them know. Either they may be able to still fit you in or will have to reschedule you.