An effective treatment begins with a careful diagnosis, which is accomplished during your initial visit. Our goal is to obtain a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. We use a very accurate form of pulse diagnosis to determine any inherent imbalances throughout the body and its various organ systems, sometimes even before any symptoms are noticeable. We also complete a diagnosis of other areas of your body including, but not limited to, your tongue, eyes, ears, and skin complexion.
An extensive diagnosis is provided, because unlike Western medicine, we want to treat the whole person. Therefore, we must search carefully for any clues that your body may be revealing about internal imbalances. Instead of merely focusing on the symptoms of your condition, we treat the underlying cause of those symptoms.
The first visit, which includes a comprehensive diagnosis and initial treatment, usually lasts from one and a half to two hours. Your subsequent visits are usually one hour long, and include a short review of your progress followed by a longer treatment.
Our clinic provides a multi-faceted approach to treatment and may include any of the following modalities:
Acupuncture: The insertion of tiny filiform needles, typically no larger in diameter than a human hair, all of which are safely-inserted, sterile, and disposable.
Tuina: An ancient form of oriental massage that moves Qi in various parts of the body and helps to relieve muscle pain, tension, and inflammation caused by energy blockages.
Cupping: A vacuum suction is created inside tiny, glass cups, immediately prior to applying the cups to various parts of the body, as a way to invigorate blood and draw out tension.
Gua Sha: A specialized tool used to gently scrape or rub the skin over a problem area giving the sensation of a deep tissue massage.
Moxabustion: An heated herbal treatment using a medicinal herb called Mugwort, which is applied directly or indirectly to the skin for the purpose of facilitating the healing process.
Herbal Medicine: If warranted, we may prescribe an herbal formula in the form of a tea, extract, tincture, ointment, or salve. Herbs are nearly always prescribed in a balanced formula by combining different herbs that have mutually supportive and synergistic effects. Thousands of years of use and research have shown that this is far more effective than large doses of a single substance.
Electro-Acupuncture: Nerve and tissue stimulation by applying a small electrical current to various points of the body.
Qi Gong: The system of energy cultivation which uses posture, movement, exercises, breathing, meditation, visualization, and conscious intent to move, cleanse, or purify Qi to promote, maintain and restore health and prevent disease.
Lifestyle Consultation: Counseling is available for the purpose of improving lifestyle, nutrition, and positive thinking.
Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.