What is Acupuncture?
It cannot be answered with one word nor one sentence. Acupuncture uses needles to "short circuit" the body so that movement of blood and what we call "Qi" can move free and smoothly through the body. Imagine the body as if it were comprised of many rivers and streams. If the flow is constant and unobstructed, there will be no pond scum (disease of any sort, mild or major) developing. Acupuncture can maintain and create a smooth and even current of blood and Qi and thus health.
What is Qi?
Qi is a word in the Chinese language that is translated into energy. In the English language, some may understand, and others can get uncomfortable and think it is "Woo-Woo" and turn away. I would like to put those uncomfortable at ease. The Chinese language is difficult to translate into English. For every one word, you must practically write a poem. Energy is used also to describe movement, whether that be movement like running, or particles moving to make the density of a solid mass or of liquid. Blood moves through the body. This is energy (kinetic energy). If you listen and pay attention, you can connect and notice that movement and unleash health.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The needles used in acupuncture are very thin needles. They are as thin as a single strand of hair. Many people who are not fond of needles and are even scared of needles, find that when they have an acupuncture treatment, they do not even feel the needles. If you are scared of needles, please let me know and I can work with you. It is also helpful to avoid coffee prior to your acupuncture visit.
What is the First Visit Like?
Your first visit will start with a complete interview of your current health and health history. Questions will include physical and emotional health presentations. I will feel your pulse on both left and right wrists, and then look at your tongue. With the information gathered, I will then select a treatment to address your main complaint. Points will be needled; needle retention is 15-50 minutes, in which time I will check in and see how you are feeling. After needles are taken out, we will discuss a treatment plan and possible "homework".
Acupuncture is often combined with other modalities like cupping, gua sha, moxa, massage, electro-acupuncture, and herbs. If any are necessary, they will be discussed with you.