Chinese acupuncture, a part of TCM, or Oriental Medicine, is one of the oldest healing practices in existence. It is used to promote health and balance in our bodies by stimulating “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) through acupuncture points and meridians — pathways of qi in the human body. Relieving blockages and restoring balance in the body and mind, allows qi to flow freely, and helps the body heal pain and disease naturally.
Our Chinese acupuncture service is tailored specifically for each patient and a unique treatment plan will be established during the consultation period. Points on the body will be chosen that will address the root of the patient’s condition, stimulating natural healing to take place and to activate “qi”, the vital energy of the body.
During an acupuncture session, the practitioner will insert a series of thin, sterile needles into chosen meridians, or pathways, in the body. The needles are stimulated until the arrival of qi is felt. This sensation, defined by tingling, informs the practitioner that the acupuncture treatment is working as intended. Sessions can last between 15-30 minutes.
Depending on treatment strategy, complementary TCM treatments will be used alongside Chinese acupuncture to achieve a state of wellbeing. Some of these techniques are Acupuncture, Guasha Massage, Fire Cupping, Tuina Massage, Low-Level Laser Therapy, Electrical Stimulation Therapy and prescriptions of Herbal Medicine or supplements.
Oriental Medicine focuses on strengthening and activating the body’s mechanism for healing itself. By using acupuncture, herbal remedies, supplements, and other techniques, the body will be triggered into repairing damage and will heal itself, thus achieving a state of balance. We are always delighted when we see patients progress from a state of imbalance — experiencing physical or emotional pain — to a place where they feel much better after only a few acupuncture treatments!
A wide range of common health conditions can benefit from Chinese acupuncture treatment. More common conditions acupuncture treats are pain relief related to osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and neck pain. Other health conditions that can be effectively managed with acupuncture therapy are emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) and digestive issues (acid reflux, nausea, vomiting). Despite not being diagnosed with a specific condition, some patients are treated with acupuncture therapy because they feel their bodily functions are out of balance, and acupuncture provides them with a sense of wellbeing that will effectively address their symptoms.
At your first acupuncture treatment, you will be asked to fill out a patient intake form. This form will provide me with valuable data about your symptoms and other pertinent information regarding your overall health as well as your reasons for coming to the Center. Once the intake process is completed, you will be brought into the treatment room where I will gather more detailed information regarding your condition using Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis methods, such as pulse and tongue diagnosis as well as muscle response testing (Quatum Reflex Analysis or Morphogenic Field Technique). After gathering all of this information, we will put together an acupuncture point prescription and treatment strategy plan to bring you back to a state of balance and health.
I became interested in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine after battling my addiction to cigarettes. I had tried all the usual methods in Western Medicine (medication, patch, gum, etc) but I had not able to succeed. I conquered my addiction after a course of acupuncture treatments, and from that moment forward, I started learning as much as I could about the wonderful and complete healthcare system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
As a Natural Healer, or Holistic Healer, I strive to view each and every patient through a comprehensive model of care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Any imbalance within these three areas will negatively affect our overall health.
Being a Holistic Healer is an intricate part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and provides me with a better understanding of our patients’ needs. This is key to developing an effective acupuncture treatment plan, as well as a strategy that may include self-care techniques for patients to perform at home between treatments and a regimen of carefully chosen herbal supplements. All of these things will allow for an overall sense of wellbeing, better outcomes, and improvements in patient conditions.