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What is it?

Acupuncture is the insertion of single-use, sterile needles into points on the body.  There are about as many Acupuncture points on the human body as there are days in a year!  Each point corresponds to a different function of the body.  Depending on how they are utilized, points can move energy to re-establish internal energetic connections or clear stagnation in order to alleviate pain.  They can replenish substances that calm the mind or help build our reserves so we have the energy we need to make it through life's challenges. 

Does it hurt? 

It should not hurt, but it is good to have some sensation once the needle is inserted.  One of my teachers used to say 'If your patients don't feel the needles, don't charge them, because it's not working.'  What he meant was that the needles are inserted in order to give the body a certain message.  Having a slight sensation at the needle sight means your body can hear the message.  

How long are the needles left in?

Typically I leave the needles in for 20 minutes.  However, there are treatments that require needles to be retained for closer to 45 minutes.  If this is necessary in your case, I will speak with you about it before I begin. 

What can it treat?

Acupuncture is thousands of years old and effectively treats most things that can go wrong with us.  Common complaints that can be helped with Acupuncture are as follows: stress, long-standing structural problems, digestive disorders, emotional turmoil, insomnia, headaches, sprains, strains, asthma, allergies, menstrual irregularities/pain, anxiety, depression, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chrone's disease, Lyme disease and much more. 

What does a treatment consist of?

Each visit begins with an interview and utilizes the classical approach of feeling the radial pulses and visually examining the tongue in order to ascertain the relationships between the internal organ systems and their external counterparts.  Unique point prescriptions are then chosen by considering your specific case in the context of Chinese medical theory.  Don't worry!  If you twist your ankle and only want that addressed, we don't have to get into your emotional landscape or the nuts and bolts of your digestive system.