Acupuncture is a holistic healing method that has been in continuous use for over 2,500 years. Today, millions of people use acupuncture to treat modern disease and discomforts. Any imbalance in the body and mind can be addressed through acupuncture and Chinese medicine.The explanation of how acupuncture works varies according to one’s own perspective of medicine and healing. The traditional explanation is that by placing thin needles strategically in the body’s surface, the movement of qi, or vital energy, is affected. The acupuncturist is able to bring qi to areas of the body where it is not flowing, and move it through areas where it may be stuck. From a Western point of view, the needles stimulate the neurovascular system (nerves and blood vessels) to create a natural healing and homeostatic response within the body.I am happy to consult over the phone about a potential acupuncture treatment. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), provide a list of conditions for which acupuncture has proven effective, many of which I have had success in treating. These include:Respiratory: Common Cold, Flu, Sore Throat, Asthma, Bronchitis, Allergies, Sinusitis
Digestive: Constipation, Diarrhea, Stomachache, IBS, Colitis, Indigestion, GERD, Appetite Regulation
Neurological: Headaches & Migraines, Numbness, Sciatica, Dizziness, Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Neuralgia
Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Sprains/Strains, Tendonitis, Pain in limbs, back, neck, TMJ
Gynecological: Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Menstrual Pain, Irregular Periods, Menopause, Infertility
Psychological: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Mania, Irritability, Fatigue, Eating Disorders
Cardiovascular: Hypertension, Palpitations, Circulation, Angina
Detoxification & Substance Withdrawal: Nicotine, Alcohol, Pharmacological & Illicit Drugs
Skin Conditions: Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rashes
Urogenital: Urinary Tract Infections, Difficult Urination, Sexual Dysfunction
The acupuncture needle is very small. It is said to be the width of five human hairs. Patients may feel a slight pinch on insertion, or nothing at all. I have been trained in numerous needling styles, ranging from deep muscular trigger point needling, which is often felt as a strong muscular contraction, to contact needling, which is minimal insertion of the needle until the arrival of qi, a style used in Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. In general, the needles might elicit a sensation such as warmth, tingling, spreading, pleasant achiness, or movement up or down a meridian, which we describe as the movement of qi. These are all indications that the body is working to regulate the flow of qi, and are considered beneficial. No pain or discomfort will last for more than a few moments during your treatment. Each person is viewed individually in Chinese medicine, and we will work to understand which needling style is important for you and your condition.
The benefits of acupuncture therapy are often felt immediately, and weekly treatments are common until an issue has cleared.