Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles in specific points on the body to manipulate the flow of energy.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
Why it’s done
Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
- Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
What can you expect?
I will ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. I will also closely examine:
- The parts of your body that are painful
- The shape, coating and color of your tongue
- The color of your face
- The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist
This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about a half-hour.
A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity.
Acupuncture is also something beneficial even though you might not have any specific pain or disease, as a way to keep you balanced and in harmony, and to treat minor imbalances.
Book a session
Coming fall 2018