Q: What is Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system originating from China over 3,000 years ago. TCM encompasses many different mind-body practices. TCM includes acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to heat the acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices combining specific movements and postures with coordinated breathing and mental focus). These practices are applied and operate under the belief that disease comes from an energetic imbalance in the body. Therefore, during each treatment, the goal is to create balance in the body to resolve illness indefinitely. Most notably, acupuncture and herbal medicine are the cornerstones of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is a therapeutic practice that inserts hair-thin needles into multiple areas in the body. The needles are placed in accordance with each patient’s energetic imbalance. The goal of each treatment is a progression toward the resolution of the disease or symptom of the disease. Each patients experience is different regarding duration. Chinese herbal medicine is an essential counterpart to acupuncture. Herbal medicine augments the effects of acupuncture. This treatment is used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture. The herbal formulas are customized for each patient. The formulas are available in multiple forms — tea, capsules, granules, and tinctures. The herbs are derived from food and plants that grow all around us. The herbal formulas are intended for daily consumption. The change in symptomology of disease or disease itself varies with each patient.
Q: How does acupuncture work?
Quite simply, acupuncture brings the body back into an energetically balanced state. Acupuncture points are located along channels or pathways throughout the body. Needles are inserted along those channels according to Chinese medical diagnoses to alter blood flow and generate an overall balance in the body. Dana will customize your treatment based on the pattern of your whole body, which she gathers from your intake.
Q: What are acupuncture needles? Do they hurt and are they safe?
A: All of our needles are one-time use only and are sterile. They are flexible and hair thin, ranging from .12mm to .35mm. The body of the needle is solid unlike conventional needles, which are hollow. The feeling of needle insertion varies with each individual, some do not feel anything, while others compare it to a mosquito bite. Once the needles are in, patients may experience “de qi,” which is a heavy, dull ache or “buzzing” sensation. Generally, most of our patients fall asleep during the treatment. After treatment, many people tend to feel extremely relaxed and describe it as hitting the reset button on the body.
Q: What can I expect during my appointment?
A: Your initial appointment will be between 75 and 90 minutes. We will get to know you during a 30 to 45-minute intake session then spend 5-8 minutes doing needle insertion. You will then rest with the acupuncture needles in for 15 to 40 minutes, depending upon the type of treatment you are receiving. Follow up treatments will last an hour. They will consist of a 5 to 15-minute intake and a 30 to 45 minute relaxation period with the needles.
Q: What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?
A: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture for respiratory diseases from asthma to the common cold. Dental issues such as toothaches and even gingivitis can also be alleviated by acupuncture. Patients suffering from a number of orthopedic issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurologic issues have seen relief from this procedure.