Acupuncture Treatments include a thorough intake and conversation regarding patient desires and expectations, and what the body is presenting at the time. Your pulses will be taken on both wrists in 18 positions, your tongue will be part of the diagnosis as well as your breathing, tone of your voice, your overall facial and body expression and color. After looking at your intake form and asking about your health history and experience or inexperience with acupuncture, we decide together how to proceed.
If you are unsure of needles you have the option to choose acupressure, tuning forks or other chinese medicine modalities like cupping etc. , just ask.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine look at the body and see the patterns it is presenting. Sometimes we get stuck in a pattern due to stress or just normal life changes without even knowing it.
We learn about what is going on through possible Qi imbalance for example. This could be external forces like wind, cold, damp- lots of rain, or heat, etc. What season is it, are you suffering from winter cold or sun burns. We look at qi involvement internally by emotions. Lifestyle factors is another very important part of your healing. Are you getting proper nutrition, enough sleep, too much alcohol or work, etc.
Another important concept in Chinese medicine is the concept of yin and yang. In this approach, all things, including the body, are composed of opposing forces called yin and yang. Health is said to depend on the balance of these forces. Chinese medicine focuses on maintaining the yin-yang balance to maintain health and prevent illness.
Chinese medicine doctors look at the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore qi, the yin-yang balance, and good health.
Chinese medicine therapies may include:
- Acupuncture, which uses thin metal needles placed along the body’s meridians.
- Acupressure which uses the hands or fingers to apply direct pressure to points along the body’s meridians.
- Chinese herbs, combinations of herbs, roots, powders, or animal substances to help restore balance in the body.
- Cupping, which uses warm air in glass jars to create suction placed on areas of the body to help stimulate qi.
- Diet. Yin and yang foods can help restore the yin-yang balance in the body.
- Massage (tui na) on specific areas of the body or along the body’s meridians.
- Moxibustion, which uses small amounts of heated plant fiber (moxa, or Chinese mugwort) on specific areas of the body.
- QiGong, which uses movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
- Tuning forks, which enhances relaxation and the work of the needles.
- Electrical stimulation, or E-Stem or Tens unit. Commonly used by physical therapists also, this enhances what the needles are doing and can really break up stuck qi in intensely painful situations.
- Essential oils and topical remedies.
- Positive thoughts and love. I commonly will suggest mantras or prayers, whatever may resonate with your particular belief system and own intuition.
May also be combined or used solo:
- BAT or Body Alignment Therapy is provided by request and discussed before the appointment.
- Raindrop Essential Oil Therapy is provided by request and discussed before the appointment.
- Access Consciousness is also provided by request and discussed before the appointment.