“What is Chinese Medicine?”
Classical Chinese Medicine is a system of healthcare that is based upon an understanding of the cycles of nature as experienced by the human being. The theoretical foundation of the medicine is traced back to China’s Han dynasty, circa 200 B.C., but the wisdom this tradition represents is timeless. Therapies are individually tailored to your constitution and health condition. Nourishing life is the guiding principle of Chinese Medicine, living in accord with the natural rhythms of the Tao. These patterns include sleep, diet, movement and quiet practices. Treatment with Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, moxabustion, massage, herbal medicine, diet therapy and qigong which strengthen the body’s innate healing ability.
“How does a treatment feel?”
People often ask if acupuncture is painful. The thin needles used in an acupuncture treatment are much smaller than hypodermic needles used for injections. When a needle is properly inserted, it creates a sensation of pressure, much like someone pressing that spot with their thumb. There is generally little to no pain.
“How many treatments will I need?”
The number of treatments needed vary according to the condition. Generally, I recommend a course of 4-8 treatments, with weekly visits. Chronic illnesses may require longer treatment and acute problems generally respond much faster. Occasional treatments throughout the year are usually recommended to maintain good health.
Once the needles are in place, treatments are often so relaxing people fall asleep or report falling into a dreamlike or meditative state. In this state of relaxation your body has the opportunity to heal.
“Are the needles reused?”
No. The needles are for one time use only and are disposed of after each treatment.
“Are there alternatives to needles?”
Yes, I will carefully assess your condition and your comfort with needles. Generally with children and elderly people, I frequently use acupressure and other non-insertion techniques.