What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. It aims to achieve a therapeutic effect, by re-establishing a harmonious flow of Qi and rebalancing the yin/yang. This in turn can reduce pain and help regulate organ systems that are not functioning optimally. A trained acupuncturist will be able to determine the exact pattern of disharmony unique to that individual and create a personalized treatment plan accordingly.
Together with the concept of Qi, the balance between yin and yang provide the foundation of Chinese medicine theory. When the yin/yang are in balance and the Qi is flowing smoothly, health and wellbeing can exist in the body. Factors that disturb them include things such as stress, emotions, poor nutrition, weather conditions, heredity, traumas/accidents, illnesses/infections, etc.
At Holly Chiropractic & Wellness Naturopathic Doctor, Linda Shih utilizes Acupuncture as one of the tools to help you achieve better health. After taking a thorough Medical History, Pulse and Tongue diagnosis, Dr. Shih provide you with a diagnosis and treatment based on your particular case.
What to Expect
Your first Acupuncture visit at Holly Chiropractic & Wellness with our Naturopathic Doctor, Linda Shih, will take approximately 90 minutes. You will begin prior to the visit by filling out a detiled acupuncture intake form.
Dr. Shih will then take a thorough history including questions about your current symptoms, your past medical history, as well as your current, general, state of health. In order to assess the origin of imbalance in your body, Dr. Shih will need to feel the pulses on your wrists and look at your tongue, as diseases often manifest as changes in the texture and quality of the pulse and the shape, color, moisture and coating of the tongue. You are encouraged not to brush your tongue for a few days prior to your first visit. Once all this information is gathered it will be used to assess and identify which areas need to be supported in order provide you with the most effective treatment.
Dr. Shih will explain your diagnosis and what it means from a Chinese medicine perspective. You will have an opportunity to ask any question you have about your condition or the proposed acupuncture treatment. An initial acupuncture treatment is provided during this first visit. The doctor will review the procedure with you and explain what you may feel during the treatment. The needles are inserted and left for approximately 20 minutes and may be manipulated manually towards the end of treatment. Once the treatment is over the needles are removed and discarded into a Sharps container. Subsequent visits are scheduled for 45 minutes during which short follow-ups are done together to assess progress along with an acupuncture treatment.
To make an appointment with Dr. Shih please call our office at 728-9999 or visit our book an appointment page and you will be contacted within 24 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and TCM as being effective in the treatment of a wide range of problems.
Because Traditional Chinese medicine views illness as a disharmony in the body, Acupuncture can be used to treat almost everything and anything. Common conditions that can be treated with Acupuncture include but are not limited to:
- Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Depression
- Headaches and Migraines
- Musculoskeletal Pain: Neck Pain, Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Tennis Elbow, Hip pain, Knee Pain, and recovery from Sports Injuries/Traumas etc..
- Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Rheumatism
- Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Paralysis after a stroke
- Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
- Sinus Congestion, Allergies, Asthma
- Digestive disorders: Diarrhea, Constipation, Heartburn, Gas etc..
- Tinnitus, Vertigo
- Skin conditions: Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis,
- PMS, Menstrual Irregularities, Menopausal Symptoms
- Infertility, Fertility Enhancement and supports implantation for those undergoing fertility treatment.
- Weight management
- Side effects of chemo/radiation
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Each person experiences acupuncture differently but most feel no pain or minimal pain as the needles are inserted and removed. Some needle insertions can feel like a quick pinch that rapidly subsides. Most patients find the treatment calming and very relaxing. Sensations that may be felt include a mild tingling, heaviness, warmth, or a dull ache which is a sensation of the Qi being stimulated.
How many sessions do I need for treatment?
Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed varies from person to person and on the nature of the problem. To give acupuncture enough time to build on itself and work properly, about 4 - 6 sessions are needed to see results. Once you are feeling better a maintenance plan can be implemented to continue supporting the body and preventing the problem from resurfacing.
Generally, the more acute a problem is the shorter the treatment time and often fewer treatments are needed, whereas the chronic/long-standing problems take longer to treat as the body takes longer to rebalance.
As in any form of medical care, a person’s attitude, diet, and lifestyle will all have an impact on the outcome and course of treatment.
How deep do the needles go?
Insertion of the needles varies based on the point location on the body and the persons’ body type. Each point has a general depth that it should be needled in order to achieve results. A trained practitioner knows the proper location, depth and angulation of each of the points.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. There are rarely any side effects and only sterile, single use, disposable needles are used for treatments. The area to be needled is always cleaned first with alcohol, needles are used only once and are disposed of into a sharps container after each use.