What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a part of Chinese Medicine, aka, East Asian Medicine. It is an ancient form of medicine that dates back at least 2,000 years. Much like the modern medical model, it involves making a diagnosis and formulating a treatment plan based on that diagnosis. The Chinese Medicine diagnosis is different from Western/modern medicine diagnoses in terms, but the same in that it forms the basis for a treatment plan that is completely individual. Chinese Medicine use the meridian system to diagnose and treat. Some of the meridians correspond to the major organs of the body, some do not. For example, there is a liver meridian and a stomach meridian; there is also a Du meridian and a Ren meridian. Each treatment is aimed at balancing the meridian system. Minute needles are used for this purpose. These tiny needles are inserted into several of the countless acupuncture points in the body, with the goal of balancing the meridian system. A fully balanced meridian system is free of disease and pain; but most importantly is fully equipped to handle the challenges of our modern society.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is part of a complete medical system. All diseases in modern life are treatable.
What if I’m afraid of needles?
Not to worry. These needles are minute. Patients often don’t feel much of anything when they are inserted.
How long will it take my condition to show improvement?
The answer to this question is very individual; but as a general rule, recovery takes longer if the condition has been chronic, over many months or years. Conversely, recovery is quicker if the condition is acute at the time of treatment. In both cases, however, recovery is aided by following the dietary guidance provided, which may include herbal/plant medicine recommendations.