Acupuncture

What Is Acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing response by utilizing disposable, sterile, hair-thin needles to access Qi (pronounced "Chee" also known as “life force” or "air"). There are over three hundred and sixty points on the body and each point ("acupoint") has a specific purpose. The acupoints redirect Qi through the insertion of needles at specific points. This is a chemical-free, drug-free, safe & effective way to increase the circulation in your body & reduce harmful inflammation.

What is Acupuncture?

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Is Acupuncture

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Is Acupuncture Safe?

 

When acupuncture is performed by qualified and licensed professionals, acupuncture is extremely safe and without side effects. Because Acupuncturists only use sterile, solid, one-time use needles there is virtually no danger of infection. There are no chemicals involved in acupuncture and Acupuncturists receive meticulous training in anatomy to ensure the safe placement of needles. Acupuncture has such few side effects with such great results that most 'needle phobic' patients will agree that the benefits far outweigh any concerns or hesitations that they originally had before trying acupuncture. Please inform us of any medications that you use and/or if you are pregnant before your treatment session.

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What is Qi?

What Is Qi?

Often times, the word "Qi" (pronounced "chee") is misunderstood or mistranslated. Qi tends to get some sideways glances in our Western-minded culture, being viewed as some mystical, magical, invisible idea. When you break it down, the mystery fades away...According to Dr. Daniel Keown, (registered Physician in the UK and Acupuncturist) the word Qi is closely related to the word air. There is air throughout the body (in our lungs; dissolved as various gases in our blood and bodily fluids). Air in the form of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is the foundation of our metabolism. The Chinese Character for Qi is 氣, and simply translated to rice [food] and air [steam]. When you combine food (glucose) with air (Oxygen) the end product is energy! Or even more simply put, Qi is metabolic energy. Metabolic energy affects us on a physiological level. No one can see your metabolism working (without a microscope at least!), but we all understand how it works; this is the same principle when understanding Qi.

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How Many Treatments Will I need?

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

 

Each person receives a customized treatment plan that depends on your own unique body & condition. How long you have had the condition and how quickly your body progresses with treatment will determine how many treatments you will need. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and everyone responds differently, but generally speaking, most people with acute conditions need anywhere from 4-6 treatments, a moderate condition 6-8, and a more chronic condition can take 8-10 or more treatments.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The overly simplified version is: the human body is a system of chemical reactions and electrical impulses. Acupuncture runs off of the electrical system when we insert the metal needles. Since humans are made up mostly of water, we make great conductors of electricity! We stimulate very specific areas on or near fascial (a thin sheath of fibrous tissue that encloses muscle or organs) junctions, nerve bundles or blood vessels in the body to send signals (direct Qi) traveling along the fascial planes (meridians) to reach the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS tells the brain which signals to turn on or off, which hormones, neurotransmitters (like serotonin or endorphins) to release, to decrease harmful inflammation, to ease pain by releasing opioids, and to boost your immune system by increasing red and white blood cells and natural T-killer cells.

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What conditions Should I seek Chinese Medicine For?

What conditions Should I seek Chinese Medicine For?

 

The NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) & WHO (World Health Organization), recognizes the following, but not limited to these conditions: Eye, ear, nose & throat disorders: sinusitis, poor vision, tinnitus, epistaxis. Immune disorderslike: MS, allergies, HIV/AIDS, RA, hepatitis, chronic fatigue. Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, constipation, IBS, Crohns, gastritis, food allergies, bloating, hemorrhoids. Cardiovascular disorders: high blood pressure, angina, anemia, tingling/numbness. Respiratory disorders: asthma, COPD, colds and flus. Musculoskeletal pain and disorders: arthritis, sciatica, sprains/strains, low back pain, neck tension, frozen shoulder, polio, scoliosis. Gynecology/urinary dysfunction: PMS, irregular or painful menses, endometriosis, menopause, hot flashes, morning sickness, recurrent UTIs, kidney stones, sexual dysfunction. Others:....

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Dry Needling VS. Acupuncture

Dry Needling VS. Acupuncture?

Dry needling is not acupuncture. The two techniques vary dramatically in theory and in training & education. Dry needling is the insertion of a needle into an area of pain. Often times the needles are inserted into "trigger points" or tender areas of the body that cause pain to radiate. Relief this way tends to be short-lived. Acupuncture is based on a theory of channels and is used for the diagnosis and treatment of systemic and/or pathological conditions. Both have their place and can be effective in their own right, but it is very important to note the difference. Please refer to: NCCAOM for more information. Thank you for taking the time to educate yourself on this very important topic!

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Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Yes! Acupuncture is proven to aid tremendously during each trimester of pregnancy; anything from nausea, pain or discomfort to swelling and delivery. Qualified & Licensed Acupuncturists receive thorough & repetitive training on the acupoints that should be avoided or not used at all on pregnant women. This ensures the safety of both the mother and fetus during pregnancy.

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Do The Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

Do The Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

The needles that are used during acupuncture are so ultra-fine that most patients are surprised at how easy the needle insertion is. Many patients won't feel the needles going in and they may even fall asleep! Even if you are hesitant to try acupuncture, you will likely enjoy your experience so much that you will look forward to your next session.

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Can Children be Treated with Acupuncture?

Can Children Be Treated With Acupuncture?

Yes! Children of all ages can be treated with acupuncture and respond very well to treatment. If the child is apprehensive about the needles, there are plenty of other modalities the practitioner can use in place of the needles.

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Do You Accept Insurance?

Do You Accept Insurance?

Yes! We now accept United Healthcare, Anthem, BCBS, Cigna, MedPay, Worker's Compensation, UMR, "TriWest"- the Veteran's Choice Program! If your insurance company does not cover acupuncture, or specific conditions or we are not within their network, you are responsible for payment in full at the time of service. We can call to verify your coverage and check your benefits for you. However, you are responsible for any co-pays, deductibles or non-covered costs under your policy.  We always recommend that you verify your own benefits also to prevent misinformation.

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What is TCM Nutrition and How is it Different?

What is TCM Nutrition and How is it Different?

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a view on food and diet unlike any other in our Western Culture. TCM Nutrition identifies your root pattern that is causing your illness or condition and customizes your current dietary habits to balance out the disharmony. Because this approach is individual specific it is done gracefully and without the demand that you adhere to the next trendy diet, because it is specific only to you!

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Can Acupuncture help with Cancer-related Side Effects?

Can Acupuncture help with Cancer-related Side Effects?

Yes! There is significant evidence-based research studies showing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help by reducing side effects from treatment; chemotherapy and radiation.  It can improve conditions including but not limited to: nausea, neuropathy, pain, fatigue, digestive upset, appetite, dry mouth, hot flashes, mood, stress, anxiety, insomnia, & "chemo-brain", 

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How Should I Prepare for my Appointment?

How Should I Prepare for my Appointment?

 

Please be sure to arrive on time to your appointment; having eaten a light meal or snack & wearing loose fitting clothing. Please refrain from rigorous exercise, drugs or alcohol use prior to treatment and up to six hours following the treatment. Follow your treatment plan between appointments and keep all of your appointments, as acupuncture has a cumulative effect. Please refer to our Patient Center or the Contact page for more information on what to expect.