What I can help with:

Acupuncture can help with a variety of issues, that include but not limited to menopause, painful periods, migraines, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, sports injuries, joint issues shoulder, knee, wrist, low back & sciatic pain, arthritis, digestive problems, weak immune system, stress related symptoms and syndromes, Stress, Anxiety & Depression, and The I Feel Like Shit (IFLS) Syndrome = When your Body and Mind just feel awful. …

The first step: Chinese Medicine Health History Evaluation 

This first step helps determine if what I do is right for you and which approach is best for your individual situation, by uncovering the details of your condition through detailed history taking. A variety of treatment techniques can be used based on your individual needs.

How many treatments:

In general, most conditions should respond at least with symptomatic improvement within 3-10 treatments. Using Oriental Medicine’s unique diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, a treatment care plan can be outlined to address the issues that are causing your symptoms. Individualization of the treatment is key and why people may experience broad changes within themselves after receiving acupuncture for a specific complaint. (credit: yinyanghouse)

How much does this cost:

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Frequently

What is Acupuncture?

A New Understanding of an Ancient Healing Art

Physicians in ancient China developed a total medical system that has survived virtually unchanged. A total medical system is one in which there is a continuum and consistency among the physiological concepts, etiology (cause of diseases), diagnostic methods, and treatment principles.

Chinese medicine is physiological regulating medicine meaning that the internal homeostatic balance is maintained. This is achieved by regulating the blood, qi (air or oxygen), vascular and nervous systems, and vital body substances like hormones and immune cells.

Acupuncture activates complex chain of events that involves the immune system, tissue reactions (histamine release), blood vessel dilatation or constriction, sensory nerves, somato-visceral pathways (body-organ), autonomic nervous system (or visceral nervous system), the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, afferent and efferent nerves), and the endocrine and exocrine systems.

The effects of an acupuncture treatment are the restoring of the circulation of blood, nutrients, and oxygen throughout the body and the restoration of the functions of the organ (visceral) and immune system, and the promotion of homeostasis (or balance) throughout the body and pain relief and the promotion of healing tissues.

Adapted from Donald E. Kendall: Dao of Chinese Medicine: Understanding an ancient healing art Oxford University Press, New York; 2002 ISBN 0-19-592104-6

What is Qi?

What is Qi?

Technically Qi is air and any energy or any force that moves, has direction and can consolidate into physical substance. Qi flows throughout the body animating and protecting it from illness and disease. The quality, quantity, direction of flow, and balance of Qi influence your health. Qi is directly influenced through Acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet, and lifestyle choices.

“Most of the misunderstanding about Chinese medicine revolves around the meaning of the character qi (氣). As a stand-alone single character qi means: air, breath, gases, steam, or vapor . Other common usage of qi to mean air by the Chinese is apparent in their reference to weather conditions as “sky airs” (tianqi 天氣) and to the atmosphere as the “big air” (daqi 大 氣). The atmosphere was noted to be the source of inhaled air which was considered the most vital substance circulated in the blood vascular system. This qi is also used in tandem with other characters to refer to manner, demeanor, temper, force, and function.” Energy – Meridian Misconceptions of Chinese Medicine

Donald E. Kendall PhD, OMD, Agoura Hills, California, USA

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Usually, a series of treatments are necessary to resolve a condition. Each case and condition is treated individually. Typically a course of treatment is between 5 and 10 sessions.

During your initial visit we will discuss your health history. Questions will be asked­ regarding your immediate symptoms and past problems, general health and lifestyle. After the interview process, I will provide a diagnosis and treatment plan and you will receive your first­ acupuncture treatment. This visit is usually the longest and may last one hour and a half including the initial treatment. On subsequent follow up visits we will perform a detailed but not extensive exam as in the first visit. The time frame is ­approximately one hour or less.

Cost and Insurance

My fee for service is reasonable, please call me for details. 305-725-1152

Many insurance companies cover acupuncture services. I can verify your insurance to see if you have coverage.

Asked

Do the needles hurt?

The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Needling sensation is one of the key elements to a successful acupuncture treatment and is experienced by each person ­differently. This sensation may vary with treatment and is described as numbness, tingling, stinging, dull ache, warmth, a cooling off, or other sensations that is not simple pain.  Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. Most people feel only minimal discomfort or no discomfort at all. It is understood that some acupuncture points may involve a more ­painful response than others. All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working.

After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

Significance of “Deqi” Response in Acupuncture Treatment: Myth or Reality

Are the effects real or placebo?

Any form of therapy medical or psychological carries a potential of positive psychosomatic response. An ­interesting concept is that acupuncture therapy has been used in veterinary settings for some time now and has demonstrated that­ at least in animals there is no psychosomatic or hypnotic response seen in these subjects.

What do I do before and after my treatment?

Have a small snack 60 minutes before treatment, keep hydrated, wear or bring loose fitting clothing. Refrain from overexertion try not over-exercise or tax yourself before or after the treatment.

Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.

Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.

It is important to have prepared a list of all medications prescribed by your Medical Doctor and any medications, drugs, and supplements your are currently taking or using.

Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your responses are to the treatment. This is important to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Bring any current relevant diagnostic tests results with you, i.e., MRI’s of the back, knee, etc…

Your participation in your own care is a very important factor in your treatment and healing.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes! Children actually respond more quickly than adults, this is because children have an abundance of Qi. If your child has an aversion to needles Chinese Tui-na massage of the acupuncture points is utilized this is a form of acupressure. Children also respond to herbal and homeopathic medicines with little to no undesirable side effects.

Diet is a major area that causes children to have health problems. Dietary therapy will be discussed with you and certain reasonable changes in your child’s eating habits will be recommended. Ear or auricular seeding is also very effective. It is a painless no needle approach to acupuncture therapy.

Questions

What are the educational & training standards?

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine which encompasses acupuncture, herbal and homeopathic medicine, receive 3 to 4 years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. This training is in addition to 4 years of formal college focused in a science or formal allied medical schooling. Eight years of education in total. All acupuncturists must pass a state or national board exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state. And must perform 30-60 hours of continuing education each year to maintain licensure.

It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation “Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM).” NCCAOM Certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the profession. National board certification in acupuncture has been the mark of excellence in acupuncture since the inception of the Commission. The mission of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental medicine (NCCAOM) is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.

Definitions: What does that mean?

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM): A group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered an integral part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicines used in place of conventional medicine. Some health care providers practice both CAM and conventional medicine.

Conventional medicine: A whole medical system practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses. Other terms for conventional medicine include allopathic; Western, mainstream, and orthodox medicine; and biomedicine.

Meridian: A traditional Chinese medicine term for each of the 20 pathways throughout the body for the flow of qi, or vital energy, accessed through acupuncture points.

Placebo: An inactive pill or sham procedure given to a participant in a research study as part of a test of the effects of another substance or treatment. Scientists use placebos to get a true picture of how the substance or treatment under investigation affects participants. In recent years, the definition of placebo has been expanded to include such things as aspects of interactions between patients and their health care providers that may affect their expectations and the study’s outcomes.

Preclinical study: A study done to obtain information about a treatment’s safety and side effects when given at different doses to animals or to cells grown in the laboratory.

Qi: A Chinese term for vital energy or life force. In traditional Chinese medicine, qi (pronounced “chee”) is believed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance, and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): A whole medical system that was documented in China by the 3rd century B.C. TCM is based on a concept of vital energy, or qi, that is believed to flow throughout the body. It is proposed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Disease is proposed to result from the flow of qi being disrupted and yin and yang becoming unbalanced. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on CAM and on NCCAM, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The Clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners.

What affects our Qi?

Qi can be impaired due to many factors; these are but a few of the major areas that can affect the balance,­ quality, and quantity of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma(s), mental/emotional stress, lack of exercise, lack of sexual activity,­ overexertion, poor diet, chronic diseases, seasonal changes, recent or old accidents and traumas, over thinking, over doing it in sports, excessive sexual activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi.

Moderation in all you do preserves the body and mind. Normally when an imbalance occurs in an ordinarily healthy person, the body will naturally bounce back returning to a state of­ health and well-being. When the disruption is prolonged and excessive or deficient, then illnesses, pain and or disease can affect the mind and body and these imbalances  lead to a blockage of Qi.

How deep do the acupuncture needles go?

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the body part being treated and the desired effect. Needle lengths vary from 1/16 of an ­inch to 6 inches long. For example, if needling around the ankles or hands a 1/2 inch needle is used, however if the needling is ­to the buttocks to treat sciatica then the needle length will be between 3-6 inches. Typically, ­needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8″ to 1-1/2″ inches.