How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on two things. The first thing is a system of pathways (called meridians) that transport 'energy' (called qi) throughout the body, much like arteries and veins transport blood througout the body. The second thing is the organ systems. Each system is named after an internal organ, such as Liver, Kidney and Spleen. Each system is responsible for part of our functioning, on a physical, mental, emotional and spirtual level. Illness comes when there is either a blockage of energy or too little energy in the pathways, or when one or more of the organ systems is not functioning properly. Treatment, wether needles or Chinese herbs or exercises clears or builds energy, or stimulates the organ system(s) to function properly.
What is a treatment like?
Treatment starts with a discussion of your current state of health as well as medical history. We talk about all area of health, not just your complaints, to come up with a complete picture of your health. Next you will get needled, lieing on a comfortable table, usually around 20 in specific points below your knees and elbows. (Please wear or bring loose fitting clothes to all your appointments.) Once the needles are in you rest for around 20 minutes. Then the needles are removed, and you leave with herbal formula pills that you take every day.
How long before I feel better?
This depends on how serious the condition is and how long you have had it. Many people begin to notice differences after the first few treatments. Since acupuncture treats the whole person and not just a symptom, often times unexpected benefits are noted, such as improved sleep, digestion, mood etc.
Does it hurt? / I don't like needles!
Not many people do like needles! The needles used for acupuncture are small, usually one inch long, and about as thick as a hair. Most pateints describe the felling as a pinch when the needle goes in - once it is in it is not usully felt at all.
Joshua Schindler, L.Ac.
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