Acupuncture

Powerful medicine for 5,000 years.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, which incorporates acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha and the application of medicinal herbs, has evolved over the past 5,000 years into a comprehensive form of alternative healthcare that has helped billions of people address not only their symptoms, but the root causes of their conditions.

We often notice that stress and digestive issues can manifest into physical ailments. This is why acupuncture and chiropractic complement each other so well.

Safe and effective, traditional Chinese medicine activates the body’s Qi (pronounced “Chee”), which in turn promotes our natural self-healing abilities. 

 


“Through a combination of ART, acupuncture and chiropractic, Dr. Dawn has taken a very holistic and thorough approach to my treatment. She is also very knowledgeable and has a terrific bedside manner.” 

 

Questions and answers about Acupuncture and other Asian techniques

How does Acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine makes use of the body’s Qi, also known as vital energy, which flows throughout the body. Qi is comparable to the electrical signals that constantly bounce between our brain and the cells on our body. In a healthy body, Qi provides us with vitality and allows us to function, but when Qi becomes blocked, it can manifest in a variety of physical symptoms. Acupuncture needles unblock the Qi and allow the vital energy to flow smoothly, increasing the body’s self-healing abilities.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is done with fine, hair-like, sterile, one-time-use needles that are much smaller than the hypodermic needle used to draw blood. The sensations from acupuncture needles vary. You may feel an initial prick and then nothing at all, a mild tingling, numbness, heaviness, and a deep ache, or sometimes an occasional electric pulsation. Once the needles are removed, most people feel no pain, though you may feel a bit of tenderness. All these sensations are due to the activation of your Qi and are therefore considered healthy reactions.

What is a typical Acupuncture treatment like?

During your initial treatment, you will be asked some questions about your health and daily living. Then you will be given a thorough examination to determine your diagnosis. Now it’s your turn to relax. You will lie down while acupuncture needles are placed at several locations on your body. The needles will remain in place for approximately 25-30 minutes. We suggest that you enjoy the dimly-lit room, soothing music, and the warmth from the heat lamp. Try to think of your “happy place” or catch a few Z’s. This is your time to relax and rejuvenate. When your time is up, the needles will be removed. You may feel relaxed, tired, light-headed or even more clear and alert. Most people feel lighter on their feet when they leave. These effects are subtle and some may not feel much at all. We all react to acupuncture differently.

How can I achieve the best treatment results?

Make sure to eat something before you come for treatment, but do not eat an abnormally large or heavy meal. Try not to drink or eat anything that may discolor your tongue; we need to examine your tongue as part of our diagnosis. Avoid vigorous activities, alcohol and drugs before and after your treatments. Please wear comfortable and loose clothing; this way you are relaxed and the acupuncture points are easier to access. Come to your appointment with an open mind, allowing your body to embrace your acupuncture treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies for each person. It is not uncommon for some to feel immediate relief, while others may take weeks or months. It depends on your condition and the length of time you’ve lived with it. Acute conditions tend to require few treatments, whereas chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve. Typically, we will see you a couple times per week for the first two weeks and then re-evaluate you to determine the next course of treatments.

What is “cupping”?

Cupping is a Chinese medical therapy that is used to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial muscle layers in order to remove toxins from the body. It is most often used for sore muscles, tension, aches and pains and common colds. A small glass or plastic cup will be placed over the affected area for approximately 5-10 minutes. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction. After a cupping treatment, you will have suction marks that are red and/or purple. Do not be alarmed; this is your body’s normal reaction and they should dissipate within a day or two.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a Chinese medical therapy used to release muscle tension and tightness, and to help relieve the common cold. Using a special tool, we scrape and rub the skin to release the toxins to the surface. This therapy may also leave some redness and/or purple marks that should dissipate within a day or two.

What are the benefits of Chinese Herbs?

The use of Chinese herbs is a very powerful and effective complement to acupuncture. They are used to strengthen the body’s immune system and promote self-healing. Herbs used for chronic conditions that require daily treatment have a longer-lasting effect.

What are some of the more common conditions that Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat?

Here is a partial list of conditions that have been effectively treated with the above techniques, as provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO): Neck and back pain, joint and muscle pain, headache and migraines, colds and flu, dizziness and vertigo, PMS, menopause and gynecological disorders, infertility, digestive disorders, fatigue, depression and anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, asthma and bronchial disorders and neuralgia.

 

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