What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique that promotes the body's natural healing process through the placement of thin, sterile needles into precise acupuncture points. The patient's signs and symptoms determine which points are used. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment. Clinical research continues to prove its validity and fuels it growth and acceptance. Acupuncture has none of the toxic side effects associated with pharmaceutical medications.
Acupuncture needles are slender and fine. I have been professionally trained to precisely place the needles into acupuncture points in a way that doesn’t cause pain. People generally find acupuncture treatments to be relaxing and rejuvenating. All of the needles I use are sterile and single use only.

Acupuncture reduces pain and helps the body to restore homeostasis. Our bodies are equipped with innate feedback loops. These feedback loops are a communication system between the body, the brain, and the glands and organs that regulate all bodily functions. The feedback loops regulate everything from hormone levels and blood circulation to digestive processes. Sometimes our bodies become so imbalanced that these feedback loops fail to work. Acupuncture assists in ‘reminding’ the body what the normal balance is so that it can function correctly again.

Acupuncture is known to increase endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, and increase blood circulation. This, in turn, helps injured tissues and organs to heal and remain pain free.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Hay Fever, Earache, Nerve Deafness, Ringing in the Ears, Dizziness, Poor Eyesight
High Blood Pressure, Angina Pectoris, Arteriosclerosis, Anemia.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Spastic colon, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Food Allergies, Ulcers, Gastritis, Abdominal Bloating, Hemorrhoids
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation, Endometriosis, Menopause, Fibroids, Chronic Bladder Infection, Complications in Pregnancy, Morning Sickness, Kidney Stones, Impotence, Infertility in Men and Women, Sexual Dysfunction
Candida, Chronic Fatigue, HIV and AIDS, Epstein Barr Virus, Allergies, Lupus, MS, Hepatitis
Smoking Cessation, Drugs, Alcohol
Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, Stress
Arthritis, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Back Pain, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Stiff Neck, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headaches and Migraines, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Polio, Sprains, Muscle Spasms, Shingles
Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Colds and Flus
Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects, Diabetes, Dermatological Disorders, Weight Control
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New Patients

Before arriving for your first appointment, please fill out a health history form. I can send it to you by mail or fax, or you can download a PDF Health History Form to print yourself.
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What to expect during your first visit:

  • Never been to an acupuncturist? Rest easy. In no time you’ll see what a relaxing and worthy investment in your long-term health it can be. Even if you’ve tried acupuncture before—but seek a whole new treatment environment—you’re in for an equally rewarding experience.
  • Prior to coming in, I recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing. While acupuncture doesn’t require any physical activity on your part, it always helps to be comfortable. Please have a small snack about thirty minutes prior to your appointment. Also, I ask that you refrain from exercise for 2 hours before and after your visit.
  • Before your session, I’ll assess the areas in which you’d like improvement and determine the ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is right for you.
  • I’ll also familiarize you with the therapies of acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, moxabustion, cupping, and other remedies effective for your condition. Most importantly, we’ll answer any questions you may have about acupuncture and its role in a happier, healthier you.
  • During your session, you’ll find your acupuncture treatment very soothing. (Many patients are surprised at how easily the needles are placed!) The needles will be left in for approximately 20 minutes while you relax to soft music in a calming environment.
  • After your session, you may experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Welcome to a new approach in preventative health! Before you go, your acupuncturist will discuss future treatment goals with you based on your condition.
  • Your first visit usually lasts 90 minutes. Subsequent visits are usually about an hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Chinese have developed, over thousands of years, a working theory of acupuncture. They discovered pathways, called meridians, along the body that relate to the organs and systems of the body through which qi travels. When the flow of qi is disturbed for any reason, there is disruption in health, resulting in pain, persistent symptoms, or illness. Qi can be deficient, in excess or blocked. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along the meridians, the energy is regulated, and health can be restored. Acupuncture works to restore the flow of qi within the body and bring it back to a place of balance. This in turn can alleviate pain, resolve symptoms, and eliminate disease.
Well, there are several answers to this. First, the Chinese have been practicing acupuncture for 1000?s of years, and it remains an important part of their healthcare system. Its staying power must be attributed in some measure to its effectiveness.

Second, there is the increasing use of acupuncture as a complement to Western medicine; and the growing success of colleges of Chinese medicine. One result of the increase in understanding of Chinese medicine is the more mainstream use of its methodologies, and its inclusion in many health insurance plans.

Finally, there are my own observations. I have seen patients overcome an incredible range of maladies, from simple body pain to chronic medical conditions that they had become resigned to. These patients validate my confidence in this medicine. Another source of affirmation is the fact that virtually all of my patients seek subsequent appointments with me.

Most patients find the treatment very relaxing. People are surprised at how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Patients often go to sleep during their treatment. You may feel a sensation upon insertion, which can be described as pressure or a dull sensation as the needle accesses the qi of the point. You will relax with the needles for 20 to 30 minutes and throughout that time I will check on you to make sure that you are comfortable.
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain. All needles are disposable, sterile, FDA approved, medical devices. Licensed acupuncturists have undergone years of training in safe implementation. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle, as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.
Almost certainly. If the problem is structural (and most are) you will become pain free. However in severe cases of collapse and rotation it may take more time to do so.
No two conditions or people respond to acupuncture exactly the same. The length of treatment depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. The physical and emotional state of the patient is important, as well as the patient’s willingness to comply with diet and lifestyle recommendations. The treatments build on each other and the effect is cumulative.
Acupuncture needles are as thin as human hair and bear no resemblance to hypodermic needles. You may feel a tiny sensation upon insertion of the needle like a little tug on a body hair. The process is not painful, and you and I are in constant communication as to what is being felt. You will feel a qi sensation which can be described as a dull ache, pressure sensation, warmth, or tingling.
Yes. Depending on the child and the condition being treated, I will either use especially thin needles, or dispense with needles altogether and use gentle hand pressure to accomplish the same ends.
In addition to acupuncture, these other therapies may be appropriate and included in your treatments. Please contact me directly for more information.

Insurance

Most insurance companies do not cover acupuncture, some do.
You may check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for medically indicated treatments.
Payments are requested at the time of treatment. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy

There is a 24-hour cancellation policy and I ask that you take responsibility for the full fee of an appointment canceled late unless I am able to fill the time slot. Appointments canceled at least 24 hours in advance allow me the time I need to contact those who may be on a waiting list.