I work with one individual at a time, rather than the typical acupuncturist practice of splitting time between patients. I prefer to operate this way because it allows me to devote my full attention to the person I am serving. When we meet, I will talk with you and listen to your concern. To arrive at Chinese medical diagnosis, I will feel your pulse, observe your tongue, and ask questions that are pertinent to your concern. I am not a medical doctor and I will refer you to your physician for information regarding issues that are beyond the scope of my practice. I appreciate hearing any diagnoses or recommendations from your physician, as they can help me guide our time together.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, smooth needles into areas identified as acupuncture points on acupuncture channels that cover distinct areas of the body. Acupuncture needles are sterile, used only once when they are new, and disposed in a dedicated sharps medical waste container immediately after removal. Acupuncture points are chosen for their effectiveness for the condition, their location on an associated channel, or their response to palpation. After the needles are inserted, they may or may not receive stimulation. The duration of needle retention can vary with the purpose of the treatment and the particular characteristics of the patient.
Acupuncture can be applied for pain relief, stress reduction, regulation of digestion and mood, improving sleep, and relaxing muscle tension. Almost any condition is covered in acupuncture textbooks. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides a long list of conditions for which it recommends acupuncture treatment. The link below will connect you to a blog post where I have excerpted the entire list from Chapter 3 of Acupuncture: A review and analysis of controlled clinical trials published by the WHO.
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