WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that encourages wellness by improving natural body function and promoting systemic balance. It is an effective form of health care that involves noninvasive techniques to diagnose and treat the cause of disease, in conjunction with relieving unwanted symptoms. Fine, sterile needles are used at specific points on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing immunity. It also can improve overall strength, vitality and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is a safe, painless and helpful way to improve a wide variety of medical conditions.
WHAT IS QI?
At the core of this medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. These meridians are like rivers, transporting Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, tissue and muscle. With the proper distribution of Qi health can be maintained.
WHAT CAN AFFECT QI?
Many factors influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, and diet can all lead to a blockage or imbalance. When Qi flows freely throughout the body one enjoys good health, but an obstruction of Qi anywhere can be like a dam, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in others.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST TREATMENT?
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, general health and lifestyle; be sure to also bring a list of all your current medications. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis regarding your health complaints. After the interview process, you will receive an acupuncture treatment; please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. This first visit usually lasts about 90 minutes.
Each pulse position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Different, subtle qualities reflect overall health and any imbalances that may be present. This is an objective way to gain further information about your individual state of health.
The tongue is a map of the body. As the most external of the internal organs, it reflects the general health of the inside of the body. Color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue can give significant clues about the condition of specific organ systems, fluid metabolism and blood circulation. Please refrain from brushing the tongue before coming in for treatment, so that valuable information is not wiped away.
WHAT WILL ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle can vary. Most people don't feel the needle going in at all. The needles are tiny, comparable to a cat’s whisker or a human hair. Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading or moving around the needle. This is called the “Qi sensation.” All these reactions are positive and are a sign that the treatment is having an effect. Afterwards you may feel energized or you may experience a deep sense of relaxation.