Please complain! Tell me your story, and spare no details. I want to understand your ecosystem, to see where it flows and functions smoothly, and where and how it doesn’t. First, we sit down together, and I listen. I may ask some questions, and listen some more. Then you lie down comfortably and I look at your tongue and feel your pulse. With your permission, I also palpate reflective points on your body, and listen to your body tell me about the condition of your channels and organ systems. Hair-thin sterile acupuncture needles are inserted into various acupuncture points, and you rest for 15-45 minutes. Most people find acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing, and may meditate or nap during the treatment. Sometimes there will be two sets of points used - on the front, back, or sides of the body. Your treatment may include other techniques, such as moxibustion, cupping, guasha, tuina, acupressure, medical qigong, and infrared heat therapy.
The initial visit will take 2 - 2.5 hours. Subsequent sessions follow a similar process and last 75 minutes. Your treatments will be tailored to your particular needs at the time of each visit. If needed, I may make a custom herbal formula for you in my herbal pharmacy while you rest. I may also prescribe qigong exercises, provide nutritional counseling, or recommend supplements.
The effects of acupuncture and herbal medicine are cumulative. You may notice remarkable or subtle improvements after the first session. Continued treatment will reinforce, sustain, and further the improvements. Some conditions respond more quickly, and others require a longer treatment course. Ongoing support may be needed to manage long-term or chronic conditions.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are excellent preventative medicine. We can promote healthy digestion, immunity, circulation, respiration, sleep, and stress response. Many patients enjoy continued maintenance treatments once per month, even after initial issues are resolved. Some people seek treatment simply as a way to deeply relax, revitalize, and balance energy.
If you have health insurance of any kind, I would be happy to verify acupuncture coverage.