Acupuncture is a time-tested form of healthcare that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. It is based on a medical theory that defines good health as a balance of systems and circulation in the individual. Acupuncture can reestablish balance by improving the flow of energy and blood, by enhancing circulation to systems that are depleted, or by directing it away from areas of excess.
There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body, and each point has several potential functions. I will choose appropriate points based on an in-depth diagnostic process which includes a thorough health history, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and an assessment of the abdomen. I also take in many subtle details about you, like the sound of your voice and the luster of your skin, in order to arrive at a working diagnosis. Points are chosen according to the function they provide in treatment; they may or may not be chosen in the area of the condition being treated.
Contrary to a common misperception, acupuncture is rarely painful. Acupuncture needles are not much larger than the diameter of a human hair, and they are not hollow like a hypodermic needle. They glide between tissues with little or no discomfort. In fact, many clients fall asleep during treatment. For optimal safety, I use presterilized needles that are disposed of after each use.
I will work closely with you to ensure that acupuncture treatment is supported by education towards healthy habits, like proper nutrition. I will spend time learning about you and your health, so that a plan can be created to achieve your goals.