Unlike traditional western medicine Chinese medicine is a system that treats the entire body, not just specific symptoms. The objective is to attain balance for the body to achieve and maintain optimal health. The most popular method of treatment in Chinese medicine is Acupuncture. Other modalities that may be added to a traditional Acupuncture treatment are cupping, electro-acupuncture, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Herbs and Oriental Nutrition.
The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating a wide range of medical issues including:
- Pain: back, spine, knee, and ankle pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, neck pain and stiffness, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, headache and migraines, dental pain and TMJ
- Sleep and stress: insomnia, nervous tension, low energy
- Systemic and autoimmune disorders: high blood pressure, diabetes, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue, and multiple sclerosis
- Ear, nose, and throat disorders: toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis
- Respiratory problems: colds and flu, bronchitis, cough, seasonal allergies, asthma, emphysema
- Mental health and neurological disorders: depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, post-stroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus
- Gynecological complaints: irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, PMS, fertility, menopausal problems
- Pregnancy-related conditions: morning sickness, edema, fatigue
- Gastrointestinal disorders: GERD (acid reflux), IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting, gas and bloating, food sensitivities, indigestion
- Urogenital disorders: urinary tract problems, sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction
- Any type of cravings for food, cigarettes and other
Your First Appointment
Your acupuncturist is entirely committed to using the best of everything she has learned in her years of practice to help you both feel better and be healthier.
Before each session the acupuncturist will take the time to talk to you about your overall health, any changes that have occurred and the symptoms you’re currently experiencing. Explain how you feel, share your expectations and concerns and give us feedback before, during and after every visit.
Most clients leave their acupuncture appointments relaxed. We want you to enjoy that state of carefree relaxation as long as possible and the best way to keep it going is to
- wear your comfortable clothes
- drink plenty of water before and after your appointment
- turn off your cell phone
- don’t schedule any other appointments for a few hours after your session
- GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO ENJOY BEING YOU!
During the initial exam you’ll discuss your full health history. An appropriate physical exam may be conducted (FAQs). This information enables the provider to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances that contribute to health problems. The acupuncturist will create a customized, structured treatment plan. It is important to keep all of your appointments as each visit builds upon the previous one(s).