Imagine having the health you want

Imagine having the health you want

Traditional Acupuncture

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has been practiced continuously for the last 2500 years, treating more patients than any other form of medicine. You may not realize that although acupuncture is a very gentle and natural form of healing, it can have powerful effects. Millions have used it as their only form of healthcare.

Like Western medicine, acupuncture is used as general or family healthcare and has many areas of speciality as well. Acupuncture’s versatility makes it hard to answer the question, “What does acupuncture treat?”

A partial list is: Addictions, asthma, allergies, arthritis, back and neck pain, blood sugar issues, cardiovascular disease, colds and flu, depression and anxiety, chronic pain, digestive diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, fatigue, headache and migraines, fertility, menstrual pain and dysfunctions such as endometriosis, menopause symptoms, morning sickness, hot flashes, sports injuries, pre and post-surgical support, physical and emotional stress AND MORE.

Other benefits you can receive from acupuncture treatment:

PREVENTIVE CARE: You don’t have to be sick and suffering in order to receive help. Be and stay healthy with the original preventative medicine: acupuncture.

You will have greater immunity with fewer/milder illnesses; improved stamina and energy; be more calm and have an uplifted mood.

You will need less or no medicine. Many patients find they are able to avoid previously scheduled surgery. You may also receive long-term savings on medical expenses.

RELAXATION AND WELL-BEING: Acupuncture treatment can be the “pause button” in the midst of your busy life. Your treatment is a time that is just for you.

Acupuncture is a great way to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and connected to the joy of living. You may also see a change in your outlook on life, an improvement in relationships and general satisfaction with life.

And relaxation is more than just a feeling; the ground-breaking work of NIH researcher Candace Pert, P.hD (candacepert.com) demonstrates how “molecules of emotion” or neuropeptides can be an important factor in the prevention or cause of disease.

The neuropeptide transmitters travel between receptors in the brain and the body, transmitting either helpful or destructive messages from the emotional level and thus influencing physical functions. Dr. Pert’s research provides a Western explanation for the mind-body connection understood for centuries in the East.

BE “IN THE ZONE”: In Asian medicine, true relaxation encompasses a heightened sense of alertness or awareness; a state of being where one’s skills and abilities are most accessible.

This balanced state is comparable to what the sports world calls “the Zone.” Whether you want to naturally enhance your abilities as an athlete, performer, business person or simply want to get and give the most in life, acupuncture can help you to stay at the top of your game.

HEALTHY AGING: The ancient sages who developed acupuncture were reknown for their youthful longevity. They emphasized not only the length but the quality of life and the ability to maintain full mental and physical functioning throughout one’s lifespan.

Acupuncture is a great anti-aging medicine that adds to your quality of life, no matter what your age in years!

SUPPORT: Acupuncture eases the stress of difficult life transitions and is a powerful adjunct to chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.

To find out if acupuncture is right for YOU,

call me for a free personal consultation at 443-768-8427.

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ACUPUNCTURE FAQ

DO THE NEEDLES HURT?

The most frequently asked question I get about acupuncture is “Does it hurt?”. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of two human hairs with finely polished tips. A friend of mine insists they should be called filaments, not needles. They do not resemble the syringe-type needles that are all too familiar to most of us!

The style of needling used also determines the degree and strength of sensation. Some styles are very vigorous, with the goal to create a strong “da chi” or needle sensation.

I use the Japanese style of needling, where the goal is to needle without any sensation to the patient. You may occasionally feel an ache or tingle which typically lasts no more than a second or two.

In reality, acupuncture is a very pleasant experience. In addition to improving one’s health, treatment provides relaxation and a sense of well-being. My clients come in saying things like “I have been looking forward to this all week!” or “I couldn’t wait to get here today.”

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

The needles which I use are manufactured to exacting stardards and are sealed in sterile packaging. Needles are used one time and then discarded in a medical biohazard container.

Acupuncture is an inherently low-risk form of medicine. Negative side effects are infrequent and typically limited to a small bruise or a drop of blood.

The more common type of side effects are positive ones. For example, the man who wants help with back pain and finds relief not only for his back but for his depression; the woman suffering from migraine headaches is also freed from painful periods.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Ultimately, the real question for me is “How does the body work?”. Acupuncture is an intricate system based on a deep understanding of the body’s natural healing ability and the qi, or power which is behind all mental and physical functions.

The body’s qi system is a complex network which governs the physical, mental and emotional functions. By addressing the root causes of imbalances in this network acupuncture assists the body to heal damage and to resolve symptoms, rather than to simply cover them up.

HOW WAS ACUPUNCTURE DISCOVERED?

Our culture has developed complex state-of-the-art technologies by building on the work of those who came before. Others developed an acute ability to use the five senses to observe and understand the human mind and body. This knowledge has accumulated through the centuries, with each age and geographic region making its unique contributions.

One example is the revered Chinese doctor Zhang Zhongjing, who lived around 200 AD. His village suffered a great epidemic and that experience led him to develop treatments for infectious diseases which are still applicable today.

This process of learning and developing new treatment strategies continues today. I am honored to receive the latest developments from today’s master acupuncturists in Japan through the teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto and David Euler (www.kiiko.com).

WHAT IS QI?

A concept central to acupuncture is that of qi (chee). It is also sometimes spelled as ch’i.

The closest word we have in English is energy, but this is a bit misleading because qi is not only energy, since it is responsible for the matter and form of our bodies as well. Movement is an implicit part of qi; one way that acupuncture maintains health is by removing any blocks to the natural movement of qi.

  • Documented Western-style research has been able to trace the pathways where the qi concentrates in the body (called meridians) by injecting radioactive isotopes and tracing their movement.
  • Other biometric testing has demonstrated a lowered galvanic response at the site of the acupuncture points (small areas along the meridians where the qi collects and where the needles are inserted).
  • Research also demonstrates that the points are hard-wired into every human being and that the point locations are identical from person to person.

These are just a few of the many scientific proofs that qi exists. For me, the proof is in the clinical results that I have seen in my patients and in the positive effects on my health from the treatments which I have received.

To find out if acupuncture is right for YOU,

call me for a free personal consultation at 443-768-8427.

Or you can email me at: