what you're wondering

faq2• What is acupuncture?
• What is Classical Chinese Medicine?
• What conditions can Chinese Medicine address? 
• What is treatment like?
• Does it hurt?
• Are the needles sterile?
• Is acupuncture safe?
• Are herbal supplements safe?
• How many treatments will I need?
• Do I have to believe in it for it to work for me?
• Can Chinese Medicine be used together with conventional Western Medicine?
• How can I prepare for my first visit?

What conditions can Chinese Medicine address? 
Since Chinese Medicine promotes the body's natural healing ability, it can address a vast breadth of conditions. As a practitioner I aim to ease the harmful patterns responsible for discomfort and disease and steer you in a new direction. So whatever constellation of symptoms you may come with, I will treat you.  At the heart of Chinese Medicine’s principles is that one must treat both the “branches” (symptoms) and the “root” (the underlying disease process).  So, if you come in with migraine headaches, for example, I will both offer some immediate relief and will also explore more deeply to uncover the underlying roots of that manifestation that is your migraine. 
 
Because Chinese Medicine acts on the body-mind-spirit connection, it is effective for addressing a wide range of conditions and promoting overall well-being. Through NIH studies, there are many conditions for which acupuncture has become popular. These include but are hardly limited to:

• Pain and Musculoskeletal Dysfunction anywhere in the body such as: neck, shoulder, back, elbow, wrist, knee, foot, and hip pain, carpal tunnel, headaches, migraines, TMJ syndrome, Bell’s palsy, paralysis, tics and other neurological disorders as well as stroke rehabilitation
• Systemic Problems such as: digestive problems (like IBS, Crohn’s), allergies, insomnia, respiratory disorders (like asthma, COPD), circulatory problems (like Raynaud’s), anemia, shigh blood pressure, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sexual dysfunction (like impotence, vaginismus), hormonal imbalances (like PCOS), menstrual and reproductive issues
• Emotional Disorders such as: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress and addiction
• Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Support such as: nausea, threatened miscarriage, turning a breech baby, labor induction, stalled labor, pain during childbirth, low breast milk supply, problems with breast milk flow, blocked milk ducts, mastitis

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What is a treatment like?
Relaxing. Invigorating. We’ll first discuss your concerns and, after I evaluate your condition by feeling your pulse and looking at your tongue, I’ll begin needling. Some patients fall asleep on the table, waking up refreshed, while others tune into the points “communicating” with one another. Others still experience whole-body wavelike sensations. Your experience really depends on a mixture of who you are and how we’re working.

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Does it hurt?
No. The needles are very fine and many people find the sensation both pleasant and profound. Under my delicate touch, patients occasionally feel the initial insertion and describe it as a little pinch and far less painful than plucking a hair. This sensation dissipates and gives way to anything from a mild tingly, traveling sensation to achy or electrical pulsations. Acupuncture is gentle enough for pregnant women and children and powerful enough to address grave conditions.

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Are the needles sterile?
Yes. All the needles are sterile, individually packaged, and single-use only. After use, needles are immediately discarded in a sharp’s container and disposed of in compliance with OSHA guidelines.

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