What kinds of things can be helped with acupuncture?
The short answer here is: Everything!
Why is this? Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine, which takes the whole picture of a person into account. The goal of any treatment here is to bring a person back into balanced state. When this happens, it affects ALL of a person, which includes any of the myriad of possible conditions they are suffering with.
It's a simple concept which covers the complexity of symptoms and problems that may manifest simply from a person being "out of balance".
People find acupuncture to be a helpful support in keeping themselves healthy and able to come out ahead during stressful periods, or during major life changes.
Some conditions I have successfully helped with:
Acute/chronic joint pain, acute/chronic back pain, acute/chronic muscle tension, acute/chronic sports injuries, insomnia, seasonal allergies;
digestive disorders-- stomach pain, bloating, acute and chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD), hiccups, nausea, appetite issues, eating issues,
trauma (physical or psychological), acute/chronic anxiety, stress, depression, distress, grief, shock, addiction recovery, OCD, anger management,
chemotherapy recovery, cancer remission, post-surgical recovery, stroke recovery, dermatological conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, acute dermatitis), symptoms of autoimmune disorders, anemia,
migraines, headaches, hormonal issues (thyroid, pituitary, reproductive),
women's health (fertility support, pregnancy, labor and birth support, PMS symptoms, menstrual issues, ovarian cysts, hormone balancing, change of life - a.k.a. menopause),
men's health (prostate issues, ED, or low T),
sore throat (chronic or acute), cough (chronic or acute), common cold, recurring colds, low immunity, respiratory issues.
...this list is incomplete and keeps growing!
How does it work?
The healing that takes place during an acupuncture session feels very natural, and can be astonishingly quick.
Often times people will say that they feel "Great" and "more normal" or "more like myself again"after acupuncture treatments, and this is why:
Acupuncture works with your body's own life energy to do the healing and make the adjustments you need to feel better.
This is the same energy you were born with, that keeps your blood pumping and your lungs breathing for your entire life.
This energy which causes life -- a.k.a. bioelectricity, Qi, or prana -- runs through every cell in the body and has an innate intelligence connected with your blueprint (DNA), which knows exactly how to be healthy and perform optimally.
Acupuncture is a gentle, extremely safe and effective method of promoting healing and balance in the body.
In fact, often people report after having acupuncture, that it felt like their chronic problem "got better on its own"!
This is because acupuncture utilizes the body's natural and innate energy to direct its own healing, so the healing feels like your body did it on its own- which it did!
Using extremely fine painless needles to strategically access your body's own energy, your body-mind is signaled to return to its natural state of relaxation, rest and repair.
In this calm state, a great deal of healing takes place naturally, during the resting period of an acupuncture session.
I use a blend of ancient and modern theory, and I tailor every treatment to address your particular condition in that moment.
No two treatments are the same, because each person is unique, and every circumstance in time is unique.
What are "other modalities" in Chinese medicine?
During an acupuncture session, other methods besides needles are often used.
These other methods are called "adjunctive modalities"
which are like the other tools in the acupuncturist's medicine “toolbox".
Depending on your condition, your acupuncturist may choose to use any combo of the following physical methods during your treatment, to help you heal better:
Moxibustion (also known as "Moxa")
A technique using dried shredded therapeutic herbs, most commonly mugwort (artemisia argyii), which is burned and used to warm the body over certain areas of the body or specific acupoints.
A technique involving applying cups to the body with the use of suction, used to draw out and move stagnation in the muscles and fluids.
Chinese medical massage, with certain pressing and rubbing techniques used to affect the channels, improve circulation and move stagnation.
Literal translation from Chinese = "Push / pull".
A technique involving scraping an area of the skin with a dull tool, to release muscles, to dredge and help with detox, for "heat" and "wind" and other conditions.
Essential oil therapy (also known as Aroma-point therapy)
Pure essential oils, diluted in carrier oil or full-strength, are placed directly on acupuncture points on the skin and held for varying lengths of time using fingers or cotton swabs.
They have an affinity for healing the emotional body, or affecting the limbic system of the brain.