Acupuncture in a nutshell.
Acupuncture started as a folk medicine in China about 4000 years ago and reached Europe and USA in the 1970’s.
Acupuncture refers to the holistic healing art in which thin, flexible and disposable needles are inserted to specific points on the body. These points are connected by a network of channels where the body’s energy (qi) is flowing. The even flow of a healthy amount of energy is needed to assure optimal health in a person.
The acupuncturist can interact with the energy flow by choosing the appropriate acupuncture points and inserting needles in to them.
Interruptions in the energy flow due to blockage or deficiency cause imbalances in the body. The imbalance may manifest in, for example, pain, disease, hormonal imbalances, emotional stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety, PMS or digestive disorders.
What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
During the initial visit there is some paper work. There will be a contact information form, a release form and a medical history form to fill out.
Since acupuncture is a holistic healing modality, it takes your whole body in consideration. For example, the main complaint may be severe headaches – and I will focus the treatment on the headaches – but according Chinese Medicine theory there are many different reasons for the headaches. The energy flow can be tweaked in different ways and the acupuncturist need to figure out where the “kink” in the flow is located. That is the reason for all the questions about menstrual cycle, digestion, sleep patterns or anything else that may seem random to the patient.
In addition, I will examine the pulse and look at the tongue for further clues about the energy balance.
The patient will then lay down on the treatment table. Which pieces of clothing that has to be removed is depending on the points to be treated.
In addition to needling, I may use cupping, shiatsu massage, reiki healing or the warming TDP lamp.
The needles stay in for about 30 minutes while the patient relaxes.
Most patients either fall asleep or relaxes deeply while the needles do their job.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Take your time getting up after the needles are removed. Some people feel lightheaded right after a treatment. Drinking a little bit of water may help.
Depending on the reason for the treatment, relief may or may not be obvious right away, but a deep sense of relaxation will probably be present.
The result of the first treatment varies for different people. Sometimes a few treatments more will do the job and sometimes a series of treatments over a longer period of time is needed. If it is a chronic condition, for example arthritis, acupuncture is an excellent way to manage pain and inflammation without ANY side effects (except increased general well-being…).
How do I manage my health with acupuncture?
Ideally, the main reason for treatments will be resolved within a few treatments. Then the best approach is to space out the treatments to for example every other week for a period of time. Then decrease to every third week, then to once a month and so on. If the patient is observant and return for a “boost” as soon as some symptom reappears then it is so much quicker to resolve that problem.
Another way to stay on top of imbalances is to schedule a treatment, for example, once a month and stick with that.
There are patients who come in once a week just to keep a handle on a stressful life.
They call it their “zen time”.
Price for initial one-on-one treatment: $105 (90 minutes)
Follow-up treatments: $85 (60 minutes)