Acupuncture is one of the pain-less methods used by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners to treat patients holistically. [Fun Fact: The actual word itself is Latin for needle (acus) and puncture (punctura).] Its first use dates back to the second century BCE. But what is truly interesting is that the theory behind its application actually evolved from the ancient study and use of, what we now call, Chinese Herbal Medicine. When did the ancient Chinese start studying Chinese Herbal Medicine? - roughly five THOUSAND years ago! Simply amazing.
For the first 4 to 6 visits, I request that we meet on a weekly basis, so we can evaluate how treatment will better serve you. Eventually, most people in good health receive acupuncture a few times a year to maintain wellness and ease the transition of the seasons.
Central to ancient Chinese theory is the thought that we have Qi (vital energy/innate force) that flows throughout our entire body. The ancient Chinese believed that Qi is the substance behind our ability to move and protect ourselves from diseases and pain. It was believed that an individual's health was dependent on the balance, quantity and quality of their Qi. When Qi moves throughout your body freely, you will reap the benefits of good mental, physical and emotional health. When your Qi is stuck (or "stagnant") then parts of your body are no longer nourished with vital energy, thus dis-ease ensues.
A typical treatment involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-time-use needles into designated pressure points on the body.
The first visit is usually about 1 to 1.5 hours and the remaining treatments are around 1 hour.
Please dress comfortably.