North Kauai Acupuncture
Lic. Acupuncturist, M.S.O.M.
Christine Walinch L.Ac. M.S.O.M.
● Master's Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
● Hawaii Licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture
● Licensed Medical Herbalist
● Chinese Cupping Specialist
● NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) Trained
● 30 Year Kama'aina, Trained in Hawaii and China
● 25 Year Hawaii, Based Herbalist
● 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.
Please do not come to the clinic if you have Covid, or it has been less then 14 days since symptoms started, or positive Covid test.
Please do not come in if you are sick with cold, flu, cough, fever.
Please note that we may be treating immuno-compromised, elderly, and pregnant patients, who are more susceptible to becoming severely ill from Covid.
Appreciate your kokua, help, and understanding.
Christine Walinch L.Ac.
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 me 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 a health history, we will address chief complaints written down on the intake form. We palpate the abdomen to help with pattern diagnoses. We look at the tongue, and feel the wrist pulses for organ diagnostics and functioning.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The length of treatment depends on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. As part of your first visit, you will receive information about an appropriate course of treatment for your specific condition. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require 3-5 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 is 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 minutes in length. Assessment and diagnosis is done through a series of questions, and by checking your pulse and tongue. After assessment, the ideal treatment protocol will be addressed. The patient will rest for 25-30 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. Acupuncture triggers the release of brain neurotransmitters and natural opiates, so it is common to feel relaxed and sleepy.
What to Expect After Treatment:
Commonly, patient's tell me that their sleep and digestion, improve after treatments. That they feel less stressed, and more relaxed. Less pain, less muscle tightness and inflammation. Individual response to treatment varies. The goal is to resolve or greatly improve, the condition that brought you in for care. The relief" may last for a few hours on the first visit, and then last longer with each successive treatment.
How To Prepare For Treatment:
Always eat an appropriate amount of food, and be well hydrated. It is helpful to eat a couple of hours before treatment, so your blood sugar is balanced. The treatment will set and hold better. This helps the acupuncture results. Avoid stimulants, and alcohol consumption before and after treatment. Wear loose, comfortable, dry clothing. Dry hair and clean skin is ideal. Avoid wearing perfumes, and strong-smelling scents, and lotions before coming in. This helps others who have fragrance & chemical sensitivities.
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 face, neck, and back after treatment. Avoid swimming or bathing after acupuncture & cupping therapy to avoid cold and chill being introduced into the body. Stay warm, clothed, and covered up after treatment. Drink extra water.