What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years throughout China, Japan, Korea and other countries in Asia and the Middle East. During treatment, thin, flexible needles are inserted into various points in the skin. These points are chosen by observing your face and tongue, monitoring your pulse, and palpating the channels or your abdomen, while the practitioner asks a series of questions. The more open and honest you are with your responses, the better the practitioner can diagnose and serve you. As the relationship builds, more information is learned and shared. A needling prescription is then created from all of this information. There are a wide variety of treatment types when you go to see an acupuncturist. This all depends on where they went to school, who they learned from, what their interests were and are, as well as what resonates with them as they learn more and more about this vast medicine. The medicine is also still evolving with new practitioners and point of views daily. The goal of Acupuncture is to affect your "Qi," also know as "Ki," source energy, or your "vital force;" to create balance in one's health so that all energies are working at optimal function.
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Does acupuncture hurt?
There are a variety of different sensations that you may feel during an acupuncture treatment, but most would say it does not hurt. These sensations include, but are not limited to: warmth, coolness, heaviness, numbness, tingling, an or even a slight electrical sensation. However, if you experience pain, you can tell me and I will make the necessary adjustments so that you feel comfortable in your treatment so you can fully absorb and focus on the healing process.
What do I wear to my appointment?
It is recommended and preferred that you wear loose clothing so that most points are available to the practitioner. A sheet or towel will be used to cover anything else.
Who can benefit from Acupuncture?
Anyone can benefit from acupuncture. Whether it is to aid in the healing of a specific condition or to maintain wellness, treatments are catered to the way you present that day in the office.
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