Is It Safe?
Acupuncture is a safe, natural, effective form of healing. Acupuncture treatments are drug-free, so there is no risk of developing drug dependencies. Only pre-sterilized, disposable needles are used. Please always inform your practitioner of any pre-existing conditions, current medications, and pregnancy.
How Does It Work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force, known as Qi (pronounced chee) believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, energy flow will re-balance. This stimulation boosts the activity of your body's natural painkillers, neuro-transmitters, anti-inflammatory response, and increases blood circulation.
Your session will begin with discussion of health history and "chief complaints." Acupuncturists' will feel your pulses, look at your tongue, palpate the abdomen or skin as part of Chinese medicine organ system diagnosis. The first treatment is typically 60 - 75 minutes.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed depends on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. As part of your first visit, you will receive information regarding a recommended treatment plan for your specific condition. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require two or three treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results.
Once you initiate a healing process, it is important to follow through on treatments. The more consistent you are, the better the likelihood of results. The effects of acupuncture tend to be cumulative, meaning one treatment builds on the next. It works best to have acupuncture treatments at frequent intervals initially.
As symptoms improve, the interval between treatments can be increased to every other week, once monthly, or every few months.
Typical Treatment Session:
Each acupuncture session is approximately 60-75 minutes in length. Assessment and diagnosis is done through a series of questions, and by checking your pulses and tongue. The patient will rest for 30 minutes to allow the acupuncture to take effect.
Does It Hurt?
Acupuncture is performed using hair-thin needles (the diameter of a cat's whisker), only 1/10 the thickness of hypodermic needles, so, treatments are relatively painless. The majority of people experience no pain upon the insertion of needles. A small population may feel a slight pricking sensation, or you may also experience a dull, achy or itchy sensation. Some people feel an increase in stimulation to a specific area. A relaxed, euphoric feeling commonly accompanies deep relaxation and sleep. This is normal and is caused by energy flow changes.
How To Prepare For Treatment:
Always eat an appropriate amount of food and be well hydrated. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Dry hair and clean skin is ideal. Avoid wearing perfumes and strong-smelling scents and lotions before coming in (as a courtesy to others who have fragrance sensitivities and for needling purposes).
It is best to rest after treatment and to avoid strenuous activity or exercise after the treatment. Avoid wind, cold, A/C and drafts to the neck and back after treatment. It is best to not shower or bathe for several hours after acupuncture and Chinese cupping treatments. Avoid swimming or bathing after cupping therapy to avoid cold and chill being introduced into the body. Stay warm, clothed, and covered up after treatment.
Christine Walinch L.Ac.
● Master's Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
● Licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture
● Licensed Medical Herbalist
● Chinese Cupping Specialist
● NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) Trained
● 28 Year Kama'aina, Trained in Hawaii and China
● Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Internships Completed In Beijing and Tianjin, China (2008) at First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine specializing in stroke and facial paralysis recovery.
Acupuncture treats both acute and chronic conditions. It helps to prevent disease by increasing overall energy, strengthening immunity, promoting blood circulation, and balancing the body. The World Health Organization officially recognizes acupuncture as effective for over 100 illnesses.
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