First, I listen. I want to understand your ecosystem, to see where it flows and functions smoothly, and where and how it doesn’t. The best way is to listen to your mind, body, and spirit. I observe your tongue and feel your pulse. With your permission, I palpate reflective points on the body, and listen to your body tell me about the condition of your channels and organ systems. While you lie down comfortably, 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. You are welcome to 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 up to 2 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.