In a world filled with modern medical advancements, the allure of ancient healing practices still captivates our curiosity. One such practice that has stood the test of time is acupuncture. Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is a holistic approach to healing that involves the strategic insertion of thin needles into specific energetic points on the body.
Acupuncture points can be placed all over the body and correspond to specific organs, functions, and systems. Acupuncturists select points based on the patient's tongue and pulse diagnosis and condition, aiming to regulate the flow of Qi and restore harmony.
The needles used in acupuncture are single use sterile needles that are about the width of a human hair. When inserted, they cause minimal discomfort and the sensation is often described as a mild tingling, dull ache or throb. Acupuncturists may manipulate the needles using techniques like gentle twisting, lifting, and tapping to enhance the therapeutic effect. The needles are typically left in place for 15 to 30 minutes while the patient lies comfortably.
For your initial acupuncture appointment, a personalized and holistic approach awaits. In this 60-minute session, your skilled acupuncturist will discuss your medical history, lifestyle, individual concerns and perform a pulse and tongue diagnosis. With a focus on your comfort, they will take the time to explain the process, ensuring you're at ease every step of the way.
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An individualized treatment plan will be curated from a range of options that will include acupuncture and the addition of cupping, gua sha, cold laser therapy or Tui Na. It's essential to remember that every person's treatment journey is different; rest assured that your acupuncturist is dedicated to crafting an experience that uniquely addresses your needs, fostering your well-being in a manner that resonates with your body and spirit.
Before your acupuncture visit:
Remember to eat a light meal or snack before your acupuncture session. Many acupuncture points are closely linked with the digestive system and moving energy around the body will make you hungry. If you have issues with your blood sugar (like diabetes) this is important so you don’t feel dizzy immediately after your treatment.
Many clients come in for treatment during their work day, but if it is possible to come to your session makeup-free it helps out your acupuncturist. The face can be used diagnostically along with the pulse and tongue to formulate a more accurate treatment plan
Acupuncture has gained popularity worldwide due to its potential benefits for a variety of conditions, both physical and emotional. Some common applications include:
While the principles of TCM underpin acupuncture, modern research has delved into its mechanisms. Studies suggest that acupuncture may impact the nervous system, influencing the release of neurotransmitters and hormones. Additionally, imaging studies have shown changes in brain activity during acupuncture sessions, further validating its effects.