What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one branch of Chinese Medicine, along with: Herbs, Nutrition, Exercise (Qi Gong, Tai Chi), and Massage (Tui Na). Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin, flexible needles into points on “meridians” or “channels.” An Acupuncturist chooses points after speaking with the patient about his/her concerns, taking the pulse on both wrists, observing the tongue, and looking at postural/muscle imbalances (if applicable).
What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat many things. In fact, it is good for treating several concerns at once. This is because Chinese Medicine treats “patterns”, or groups of symptoms, rather than symptoms themselves. Acupuncture is best known for treating pain, anxiety, digestive disorders, and for supporting fertility.
Will it hurt?
The needles are very gentle. Sometimes you may feel a little pinch or slight pressure on insertion, but sometimes you do not feel anything at all. If you are nervous, please let me know. (I am scared of big needles! But acupuncture “pins” are very relaxing!)
Does my insurance cover treatment?
It may! We would be happy to call the insurance company for you to find out. Many plans cover 70 – 100% of your treatment.
What kind of training does and Acupuncturist have?
An Acupuncturist has 3-4 years of graduate education to earn a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Education includes Eastern and Western medical philosophy, Anatomy, Physiology, Acupuncture, Herbs, Massage and Nutrition. I earned my Masters from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. www.pacificcollege.edu