Q: What is Acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is part of a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 4,000 years. Because of its effectiveness, acupuncture is now gaining broad popularity in the U.S. as a holistic complement to Western medical treatments. Extremely fine needles are inserted at specific points along bio-energetic pathways which traverse all of the body’s organs and systems. In this gentle but powerful way, acupuncture triggers the body’s own healing mechanisms to eliminate illness and promote optimal health.
Q: What is Oriental Medicine?
A: Oriental Medicine (OM) is a system of healing that takes into account the multi-dimensional nature (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) of human beings and strives to bring balance to the ‘whole’ person.
It is based on the observation that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. Given the right ingredients – appropriate nutrition, adequate rest and rejuvenation, and mental/ emotional balance – the body can heal, repair and recover into good health. OM has understood this for thousands of years and works by stimulating and optimizing the body’s natural abilities to restore health.
OM includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, meditation and energy building exercise like Tai Qi. All of which give your system the opportunity to renew, recharge and re-balance.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Most people are pleasantly surprised to find that receiving acupuncture is a comfortable and relaxing experience. Usually, sensations range from none-at-all to a slight pinch followed by warmth, distention, or heaviness. Often patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep.
Q: Does Acupuncture have side effects?
A: One of the great benefits of Acupuncture is that adverse side effects are extremely rare. You can feel secure knowing that our practitioners are State and National Board certified as well as Clean Needle Technique (CNT) certified. We use only sterile, single-use, disposable needles.
Q: What does Herbal Medicine have to do with Acupuncture?
A: They are both modalities used in Oriental Medicine, the world’s oldest continually practiced form of medicine. Herbology is an integral component of Oriental Medicine. Together with Acupuncture the two produce a powerful synergy.
Q: Are Herbs safe?
A: When they are prescribed by a nationally certified Herbalist this time-tested medicine is very safe. We use only quality-controlled, high grade products. They produce a regulatory effect on the body that is much gentler than pharmaceuticals. Additionally, we tailor each formula to address the specific patterns of each individual patient, making our herbal formulations a safe and effective choice.
Q: What should I expect from my first session?
A: Sessions begin with a detailed assessment and Oriental Medicine diagnosis. The treatment plan will be discussed with you to provide the most comprehensive care possible. In addition to acupuncture you may be prescribed an herbal formula and given nutritional or lifestyle recommendations. Patients should wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing, eat a light meal beforehand, and plan on refraining from strenuous physical or mental activity for two hours after the treatment. Initial visits last at least an hour-and-a-half. Follow-up sessions are one hour.