The needles are very small and fine and are not used to draw blood. There is very little to no pain. What is felt is a dull sensation which is the qi being activated in your body. It is nothing compared to the pain and discomfort of your ailment that you live with on a daily basis.
Everyone is unique. Generally, it depends on how long you’ve had the ailment. If you slept on your neck funny one night, it would take one treatment. If you’ve had chronic neck pain for ten years, it may take several treatments. The longer you’ve been out of balance, the more time it will take to regain homeostasis. Typically, patients come twice a week for two weeks to see 50-70% improvement.
Ideally, you should have a relaxed and easy day, avoiding strenuous exercise.
Not at all. Acupuncture needles can’t spread disease. We use only sterile, disposable needles. They are used once and then discarded into a biohazard waste container, which is then shipped off to a medical waste facility.
Yes. Chinese diagnosis and treatment are paradigmatically different than Western Medicine. We have a saying: “Different diseases, same treatment; same disease, different treatment.” For example, we might treat three patients for headaches; each will receive a unique acupuncture treatment and a custom herb formula. That’s because the first person had a sinus headache, the second a tension headache, the third had neck pain. Each problem presents uniquely: it reflects a different pattern, a different diagnosis, and a different treatment.
We treat the body as a whole and thus the acupuncture can affect more than just one piece of the puzzle.
After a brief intake and history, you will lay down for the treatment. About 2-6 needles will be placed in each of your four limbs. You will rest comfortably for about 30-45 minutes. The needles will then be removed and a short oriental massage will be given on your back. Then we will discuss the ongoing treatment plan and any exercises or dietary needs that may apply.
Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are distinct systems, and each one has important strengths. Neither medical tradition offers all the answers. Our clinical decisions are based on our values of safety, efficacy. We want what is right and best for you.
Of course, we champion the use of Chinese Medicine as a pragmatic and effective health care modality. But we also believe that both systems can be integrated harmoniously.
An Acupuncturist is a person who has graduated from a nationally accredited Acupuncture School and passed written and practical state and national board exams. Licensed acupuncturists are also certified in Clean Needle Technique.
Currently, most states require a 4-year Master’s degree in Acupuncture (MSAC) or Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from an accredited acupuncture school for licensure. This following a minimum of two years of undergraduate schooling. Training includes all aspects of biomedicine as well as Traditional Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology.
Dana Henry MSOM, L.Ac. received her BA from Colgate University (4 years). She received her Masters in Chinese Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, giving her licenses giving licenses in BOTH Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.
Acupuncture originated in China over 2,500 years ago and is a primary and complementary health care modality throughout the world. Chinese Medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. It is a method of balancing and building the body’s energy, known as “qi”. Acupuncturists insert sterile needles into unique points that lay on particular pathways called channels or meridians that circulate energy throughout the body.
The list of conditions that acupuncture may help is virtually limitless. The most common conditions we treat in the clinic are allergies/asthma, headaches, anxiety/depression, fertility, neurological diseases, and pain anywhere in the body (especially back and neck pain).
Chinese Medicine treats the whole person by viewing the body, mind, and spirit as being on a continuum. Such imbalances can manifest as physical, emotional, and stress-related disorders. Patients feel relief from their symptoms, along with a feeling of vitality and peace.
Acupuncture is only one a part of a more extensive health care system. Chinese Medicine also includes herbs, exercise, and diet and lifestyle changes.
How Does Acupuncture work for Weight Loss?
We will determine if there is a hormonal imbalance, thyroid issue, digestive organ issue, or a snacking issue😊 that will determine the acupoint prescription. Then we will discuss lifestyle habits (diet, movement, sleep, etc.) and nutrition that is right for your body type. We may add some Chinese Herbs to aide in the weight loss process. The treatment plan will be custom to you.
We only use herbs tested for bacteria, heavy metals, molds, fungus, and pesticides. Furthermore, We uphold the standards of CITES which means that we use no material that comes from endangered species. We use herbs and formulas that are manufactured in cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facilities. The herbs are preformulated by reputable companies: Health Concerns and Evergreen Herbs.
The most common side effect of herbs is gas, bloating, or other minor digestive disorders. This kind of reaction is easily corrected by modifying the herb formula or taking the herbs with food. Be sure to inform your practitioner immediately if you notice any adverse reactions.