FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
...a complete medical protocol rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes a natural healing process through the stimulation of specific anatomic sites referred to as acupuncture points.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on a philosophy that describes the body in terms of two opposing forces, Yin and Yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy.
At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a subtle energy, known as Qi (pronounced "chee"), flows through pathways (meridians) throughout the body. A constant and smooth flow of Qi maintains balance between the Yin and Yang forces. If the flow of energy is blocked (similar to water stuck behind a dam), the disruption can lead to pain, impaired body function or illness.
Acupuncture unblocks stuck Qi and helps restore a healthy balance so organs and bodily systems can function properly.
The number and frequency of treatments...
...differs from person to person and depends on a number of factors including:
Nature of the condition
Duration of the condition
General state of health
How readily the body responds to acupuncture
An “average” course of treatment consists of 8 to 10 sessions, with the majority of patients noticing clear benefits within 1 to 3 sessions.
Acute conditions such as a sprained ankle, tend to resolve quicker than chronic conditions and may require an intensive series of 2 to 3 treatments per week for a few weeks.
Complex or long-standing chronic conditions including chronic headaches or insomnia, typically require a longer and more consistent series of treatments such as 1 to 2 treatments per week for several months before transitioning to maintenance care.
Acupuncture is also used as preventative medicine. Seasonal visits or monthly "tune up" or "balancing" treatments can help prevent disease and enhance overall health.
No two conditions or people respond exactly the same so an individualized treatment plan wth the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
...a wide variety of health conditions including:
Musculoskeletal Injuries & Pain
Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Golfer's Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
Medial/Lateral Meniscus Injury
Lumbar Disc Herniation
Rotator Cuff Injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Internal Medical Disorders
Cancer Support (including chemotherapy/radiation side effects)
Fatigue (including CFIDS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Emotional and Psychological Disorders