Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the
world and is used by one third of the world's population as a primary
health care system. It is likely that more people have been treated by
Chinese medicine throughout history than by any other formalized system
of medicine. Because of its relatively low cost and its noninvasive
nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary
health care in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO)
has endorsed acupuncture treatment for over 40 conditions, including
stress, digestive disorders, depression, allergies, sleeping disorders,
addictions, headaches and menstrual disorders.
This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws
which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature
and in the body. This energy, called "chi", moves through the body in
precise channels supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When
"chi" is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form
of specific symptoms. To address the underlying cause of a condition,
these symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of a person.
The gentle insertion of hair thin needles at specific points along the
channels of chi energy, help restore harmony. In the presence of this
subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients
frequently experience renewed vitality.
The Experience of Acupuncture
The first appointment is typically a one and a half hour consultation.
During this visit we will explore your health concerns and address any
questions you may have about acupuncture and the healing process. We
will discuss your health and personal histories, followed by a physical
examination. In the first session, we will assess the underlying
conditions which have led to your current concerns. Following the
initial consultation, treatments will last one hour. Initially
treatments are about one week apart. The treatments build on each other
and it is best to use the momentum of the previous treatment. During
this time, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients
experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of
ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every
three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally.
Questions practitioners ask new
Acupuncture as Preventive