Acupuncture is the manipulation of qi or energy through the placement of hair thin filiform needles into the body. It aims to re-balance energy flow in the energy pathways of the body, also known as the meridians. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, when the bodies energies are out of balance we become ill, therefore the aim is always to return the body to proper energy flow.
Acupuncture was invented over 2,000 years ago and is becoming more and more common in western culture as a method to aid in a variety of health issues. Other areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine include herbs, cupping, nutrition, Tai Chi and QiGong.
Experiences from Past Clients:
"I was extremely impressed by acupuncture with Jill! I saw her a little over 3 months to help optimize my fertility after trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully for 8 months at 33 years old. Acupuncture helped regulate my cycles after being on birth control for 15+ years. I just got a positive pregnancy test after trying for 11 months! As an added benefit, I now also have fewer tension headaches and muscle pain. The acupuncture process was very relaxing and felt like a trip to the spa! I will definitely start acupuncture much sooner in my fertility journey next time! Thanks Jill!" - Melissa C.
What is a session like?
In your first acupuncture session, you'll spend the beginning of the appointment talking with the acupuncturist about what has brought you in, the duration of the problem, and the intensity of the problem. Chinese Medicine uses a series of 10 questions to properly analyze the patient as well as checking tongue and pulse, so you will also talk through these series of questions. The Tongue is a map of the body and lets me know which system are being afflicted and if there is dryness, damp, heat, cold, excess, etc. going on. Your pulse will also be taken to check for the overall health and see what systems need the most attention.
After that, the acupuncturist will proceed with either cupping, acupuncture, or moxa (all a variety of Traditional Chinese Medicine methods). Often, multiple things are used within one session. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the body and usually retained there for 30-60 minutes. After that time, needles are removed and put into a sharps container. The needles are one time use for safety.
At the end of your session, the acupuncturist might suggest dietary changes, exercises, or supplements post treatment.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and most often times painless. Sometimes they are accompanied by mild itching or a slight dull ache. We call this qi sensation. The acupuncturist will always check with each needle placement if anything feels uncomfortable. Most clients actually find the time period with the needles placed as very relaxing (and can often fall asleep).
How many sessions do I need?
This is a difficult question to answer because everyone's bodies are so unique. Factors that can impact how many sessions are needed include overall health, how long you have been experiencing the problem(s), and the length of time between sessions. Generally, acupuncture is most effective with a series of sessions which are at regular, consistent intervals. 5-10 sessions are typically recommended for optimal results.
How much does it cost?
Your first session (an initial session) is $100.00. Follow-up sessions are $85 or you can purchase a 4 session package for $300 ($75/session).
Conditions which Acupuncture has Been Shown to Effectively Treat
- Somatization disorder
- Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness, weakness
- Localized traumatic injuries, spains, strains
- Work and sports related injuries
- Low Back/Neck Strain
- "Frozen Shoulder" or "Tennis Elbow"
Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
- Acute conjunctivitis
- Central retinitis
- Myopia (in children)
- Cataract (without complications)
- Spasms of esophagus and cardiac
- Irritable bowel and colitis
- Acute and chronic gastritis
- Acid Reflux
- Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
- Benign amenorrhea
- Appetite suppression
- Headache and Migraine
- Facial Palsy (early stage)
- Paresis following stroke
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Meniere's Disease
- Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
- Disc problems
Respiratory System Conditions
- Acute sinuitis
- Acute rhinitis
- Common cold and allergies
- Acute tonsilitis
- Acute bronchitis
- Bronchial asthma
- Menopause syndrome
- Gynecological Conditions