Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method used to relieve health conditions. We use very thin needles on specific points on the body along fascial and nerve pathways to tap into your body’s own innate healing intelligence
Moxibustion is a type of traditional Chinese medicine, focusing on heat therapy by burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, near your body’s meridians and acupuncture points.
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Generally, you don’t feel any of the needles upon insertion. There are a few points closer to the feet and hands which might produce a stronger sensation than the rest, but it generally dissipates within seconds.
Once the needle is gently placed into position, I may twist slightly to get it into the correct place. During needle manipulation, you may feel a small chill that should dissipate within seconds. I encourage all of my patients to tell me how they feel in the moment so they are as comfortable as possible.
Needle removal is quick and painless, only taking a few seconds to complete. Each patient is different, but most feel a sense of relief and surge of relaxation.
The Art of Acupuncture
There are roughly 400 points on the body that are able to modulate different processes in the body. The most common points are from the knee and elbow down. However, it is not uncommon to use points on the abdomen or back depending on what we are treating. I love when my patients ask about the points and I am happy to explain every point that I do and why we are doing it.
There have been extensive studies conducted on acupuncture, especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. However, researchers are only beginning to understand whether acupuncture can be helpful for various health conditions.– National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following: Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy, Dental pain after surgery, Addiction, Headaches, Menstrual cramps, Tennis elbow, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial pain, Osteoarthritis, Low back pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, and Asthma.– Johns Hopkins Medicine
Results of a systematic review that combined data from 11 clinical trials with more than 1,200 participants suggested that acupuncture (and acupuncture point stimulation) may help with certain symptoms associated with cancer treatments.– National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health