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.
What Are The Acupuncture Points?
The acupuncture points are the areas along a meridian where the energy comes together and rises to the surface of the body.
In Chinese medicine, disease is seen as imbalances in the organ system or Qi (chi) meridians, and the goal of any remedy or treatment is to assist the body in re-establishing it's innate harmony. In Chinese medicine, no two illnesses are ever the same, as each body has its own characteristics of symptoms and balance. Acupuncture is used to open or adjust the flow of Qi (chi) throughout the organ system, which will strengthen the body and prompt it to heal itself.
Are The Needles Sterile Or Are They Re-Used?
I only use FDA registered, sterile, single-use stainless steel needles and they are disposed of immediately after each acupuncture treatment. Needles are individually wrapped and sterilized by the manufacturer. They are opened only when they are ready to be used.
What Can I Expect During A Treatment?
During your first consultation, I will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition. I will then take your pulse, examine your tongue. The visit usually lasts an hour.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
On average, I recommend that those with an acute issue receive at least 3-5 treatments to feel significant changes. For chronic issues, allow a minimum of 10 treatments to feel relief. It is important to note that each patient responds differently to acupuncture and the guidelines outlined above are generalized. Your constitution, lifestyle, diet, and severity of the condition(s) will determine the rate of the healing process.
How Often Should I Be Treated?
Typically, I treat patients once a week, for the first couple of treatments. Its common to have patients come once a week, for 2 weeks. Then, bi-weekly appointments are scheduled as the condition improves. If the condition is acute and very painful, I may want to do 2 treatments, 2 times per week initially. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you receive treatments. They are cumulative, and build on eachother. Many of my patients visit monthly for maintenence.
Can I Receive Acupuncture If I Am Pregnant?
Yes, however, there are some points that are contraindicated during pregnancy. It is important to inform us if you are pregnant.
We specialize in fertility treatments. We commonly help IVF patients with acupuncture. We support women through all trimesters of pregnancy, and offer treatments to prepare for labor and childbirth.
What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
To cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact the office at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment to avoid cancellation or no-show fees. Patients who do not adhere to the cancellation policy will be charged half of the cost of the missed office visit. This time has been set aside for your personalized care and cannot be used by another patient if adequate notice is not given. Documented emergencies are an exception to this policy and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, also known as Artemesia Vulgaris, to facilitate healing and health.
Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years.
The purpose of Moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, digestion, and immunity. Moxa stimulates the flow of Qi (energy) and blood movement, warms the channels, and enhances your overall health and vitality.
Translates into: "Acupuncture & Moxibustion"
Acupuncture and Moxibustion come as a pair in Oriental Medicine. They are in fact two characters in Chinese or Japanese writing which make one word. Acupuncture and Moxibustion complement each other to form one mode of therapy. The therapeutic effect is boosted or complimented when both forms of treatment are used together. There are many benefits to Moxibustion. Clinically, it increases blood cell counts, especially that of white blood cells, which strengthens the immune system. The heat produced from the burning moxa penetrates deeply into underlying tissues, improving circulation, and helping to reduce both pain and inflammation. Moxibustion can penetrate into the core of the pain location, and has results far surpassing that of pain medication. With long term application of Moxibustion, it is possible to revitalize tissue that has had almost irreversible damage.
North Kauai Acupuncture
Lic. Acupuncturist, M.S.O.M.
Herbs are derived from all parts of plants: roots, stems, seeds, fruits, flowers and leaves. Chinese medicine also may include substances derived from mineral and animal sources. Traditionally the herbs are cooked in a decoction or tea. Commonly herbs are found as powders and tea pills.
I recommend and use Chinese herbal manufacturers that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). GMP herbal manufacturers ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards (free of heavy metals, dyes, and contaminants).
Chinese herbal medicine is used when there is an underlying deficiency, or when there is an over-accumulation, to disperse it. Chinese Qi strengthening pills combat Qi deficiency, which can result in poor digestion, fatigue, and a more serious condition called organ prolapse.
An ancient formula, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan has a long history of resolving digestive problems and prolapsed organs, both conditions due to Qi deficiency. Although primarily composed of tonifying herbs, this formula also contains two herbs that perform a task unique to Chinese medicine. Cimicifuga (sheng ma) and Bupleurum (chai hu) are used as directing herbs with an upward energy; that is, in addition to their specific medicinal effects, they can also direct the effects of an herb formula to the upper portion of the body.
A formula such as Xiao Yao Wan would be recommended to help to smooth the flow of excess liver Qi and to disperse it so it does not stagnate and aggravate the emotions. This is an example of a popular herbal formula to address over-accumulation or excess in the liver.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qi is the vital energy whose smooth flow around the body keeps the body and its organs working in harmony. When a flow of Qi in meridians is stagnated the affected organs will malfunction. In case of liver Qi stagnation, one typically feels distending pain along the sides of the body (especially in the chest), easily gets upset, depressed, and has irregular, painful menstruation or swollen breasts for woman.
Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer) disperses liver Qi stagnation. Researches have suggested that Xiao Yao Wan may regulate menstruation by regulating the secretion of hormones. Xiao Yao Wan is indicated in Chinese medicine for soothing the liver and strengthening the spleen, tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation. It is used for irregular menstruation, distension pain in the chest and hypochondria, dizziness and blurry vision, and loss of appetite due to liver Qi stagnation.