There are three main objectives of Acupuncture treatments:
• Pain Relief
• Strengthening the immune system
• The balance, harmony and integration of the functions of all bodily organs.
While the first and second objectives are certainly important, equal attention is paid to the
third objective. Organs and body systems that are working in harmony with one another allows
for a unified, whole human being rather than a collection of fragmented and disjointed parts.
The purpose of an acupuncture treatment is to consider all aspects of the human body. This
includes any physical ailments, the emotional state of the patient, the individual spirit and the
sort of lifestyle that the patient chooses to lead.
In acupuncture treatments, there is a general focus on the subtle energy called Qi (pronounced
Chi), which circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body. Having balanced Qi is critical to
sound health. When there is misdirection or blockage of Qi, it may result in pain, dysfunction
and ill health. We treat these disturbances with a combination of acupuncture and other
methods, such as the use of Chinese Herbs, Cupping, Moxibustion or Tui Na.
The goal of the treatment is to recognize relationships between organs and organ systems in
order to maintain balance and homeostasis in the body. The diagnosis and treatment using
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture states no distinction between mind and body,
and recognizes the integration of physical signs, symptoms, and the individuals’ emotional
response to life. Emotional response is particularly important, as emotions have specific
physical effects on the body, and physical symptoms yield certain emotional imbalances. In
other words, your “feelings” actually can cause you to “feel” physical effects, and physical
ailments can cause you to “feel” different emotions. Since physical health and emotional health
are so closely intertwined, our purpose is to create a balance between positive emotional
development and maintenance and a positive physical state.
Regarding Pain During Acupuncture
One common concern among those considering acupuncture is whether or not the needles
hurt. Acupuncture needles are very thin, which makes insertion very light and painless. Should
a patient feel discomfort, it will typically dissipate within seconds after being inserted.
Most people never even feel the needles when they are inserted, and while some may feel a slight
tingling sensation, pain is vary rarely associated with Acupuncture treatments.
Length of Treatment
The initial intake and acupuncture treatment will be approximately 1.5 hours. Follow up
acupuncture treatment will last approximately one hour. Once the initial intake appointment
has taken place, the practitioner and the patient will confer to determine how often treatment
will be necessary.