Acupuncture


Acupuncture consists of inserting extremely fine, sterile, single-use needles in specific points in the body. A typical treatment will involve 8-12 needles, although more or less than this number is not unusual. In addition to body acupuncture, we incorporate other types of acupuncture such as scalp and ear acupuncture, electrical acupuncture and moxibustion (warming points with special herbs). Treatment approach, style, and complementary modalities are tailored to each patient's condition and constitution.

 

Mini glossary

Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of treatment. However, it can occasionally cause slight bleeding that usually resolves with pressing dry cotton on the spot where the skin is bleeding. It is also normal for the patient to have a temporary warm, tight, sore or tinging sensation at the acupuncture site

Acupressure/TuiNa involves rubbing, kneading, pressing, and stroking, etc., which may result in muscle soreness at the massage site that can last several days. This technique may require disrobing. All attempts will be made to assure your privacy

Indirect Moxibustion requires burning an herbal material near the skin or on an acupuncture needle. Every precaution is taken to prevent skin contact, but the possibility of skin contact and mild burns exists.

Cupping involves a localized suction produced by heating a small glass cup. There is a possibility that local bruising is likely to occur at the site where Gua Sha is performed Tapping, Plum Blossom, Bleeding, Pricking all involve multiple needle pricks at a localized site. Slight bleeding and/or bruising at the treatment site is likely occurrence. Only single-use needles are used in these procedures.

Electrical Stimulation/TENS uses microcurrent electricity to stimulate acupuncture points. A mild tingling sensation of electricity will be felt

Treatment Using Control Points Ren 1/Du 1 In very rare cases, the Acupuncture provider may recommend treatment using acupuncture points near the genital organs. If this is necessary, the Acupuncture provider will notify me and will provide alternative treatments if I am uncomfortable with treatment using these points. I understand all attempts will be made to assure my privacy.