What is a treatment like?
Normally a treatment consists of a one and a half hour session. There is an intake with tongue and pulse reading, general questions, and palpation. I will work on a treatment plan for the issue at hand as well as any underlying ailments.
I use treatment tables for your comfort. The needles should feel comfortable. Sometimes there is a dull ache which means the qi is flowing to an area that needs it. If anything is uncomfortable please let me know. Feedback is key.
First time, what should I do?
Wear loose fitting clothing.
Have a light meal or snack before the treatment to prevent any lightheadedness.
Drink an adequate amount of water prior to treatment as well as drink more afterwards. Hydration is key to flush your body of toxins.
Bring a list of any medications and supplements you are taking.
Avoid wearing makeup so I can observe the skin on your face.
Do not consume beverages/food that can stain your tongue 4 hours prior to your visit so I can have an accurate reading of your tongue. Your tongue is a flag to see the health of your organs.
Do not scrape your tongue 24 hours prior to your visit so I can have an accurate reading of your tongue.
Do not drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol 4 hours prior to your visit so I can have an accurate reading of your pulse.
When will I feel an improvement?
Some patients notice relief as soon as a needle is inserted or by the end of a treatment. For others it takes time, especially if it is a chronic issue. If possible, it is best to go everyday for 10 days to work on an acute issue. The closer the treatments are scheduled the faster you will see relief. Chronic issues take time, sometimes 3-12 months. Be open, patient, steadfast, and compassionate to yourself.
A general good rule is that if you feel 50% relief at the end of three treatments then you have found a practitioner who is a good match for you. If not, I suggest finding one who may have a different method that works for you. Chinese medicine is an art as well as a science and many of us have various methods. Finding your resonant practitioner is crucial in your own healing.
I am afraid of needles – what should I do?
It is OK. Sometimes, I am afraid of the needles too. They work, so I go for it, and I love it!!
It is OK to be afraid. You will be in good hands. After receiving a treatment you will understand how something so small is so powerful, gentle, and effective.
The Chinese character ‘acupuncture’ means to cure with needle. The character also conveys a story that any malady in the body is afraid of the needle because it knows the needle is stronger than it. Sometimes, the more fearful you are of the needle -the more the body needs it.
I can also perform qi gong therapy without needles if you prefer. It is like reiki and very effective. Acupressure, cupping, and tui-na are also options if you prefer not to use needles. I will spend the entire session working on your physical and energetic body and there will be an extra charge. Herbal formulas are also added when needed.
Health in Chinese Medicine is perceived as a harmonious interaction of the function of your body with the outside world. Disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. It is best to have the body in a good flow, with no stagnation- like a flowing river. This prevents illness and pain. Activities such as qi gong, tai chi, yoga, and meditation are very helpful in cultivating and moving your energy.
A consultation will help you focus on areas of your life that are important to you and your well-being. I will look at what is working and what is not, in the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. I will choose acupoints and other modalities that will help the body get the energy moving to support your health. I also work with Qi Gong energy work, Tibetan bowls, and chakras to harmonize the body’s energetic and emotional levels. What you do outside of the office is as important (if not more) than the work we do on the treatment table. I will work with you on herbal, dietary, and lifestyle suggestions to help facilitate your healing. My link here includes a list of conditions that can be helped by Chinese Medicine as recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Basically, any reason you would see your primary care physician, a massage therapist, or a chiropractor are reasons you can come in to see us. Though many insurances pay for visits you can come on your own whenever you like, for maintenance or to work on a specific condition.
My hope is that in time, you will be able to heal yourself and choose the thoughts, foods, and activities that are best for you and to come for treatment for maintenance and when you need support.