Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote healing, by inserting very fine needles at precise acupuncture points.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy ( called qi or chi ) run in regular patterns through the body and over it’s surface. These energy channels, called “meridians”, are like rivers flowing through the body, to irrigate and nourish it’s tissues. An obstruction to the flow of energy ( such as by an injury, infection or inflammation ), can cause physical symptoms. Acupuncture restores the proper flow of energy to the area, and promotes healing.
Western medical science provides evidence that acupuncture allows the nervous system to release chemicals which can change our perception of pain, or trigger other substances which influence our body’s own regulating system.
Medical acupuncture is a style which draws from several acupuncture traditions, and can also incorporate some contemporary western medicine approaches to chronic pain treatment.
The treatments that I give are predominantly meridian-based ( Japanese-style ), but also include traditional Chinese medicine ( “TCM” ), theory and practice.
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid. I like to refer to these as “filaments”. They are prepackaged, sterile and disposed of after use. I use a guide tube which places soft pressure on the skin, while the filament is gently tapped in. There may be slight, temporary discomfort around the time of insertion, but there should be no pain felt at all, when the treatment is in place.
Yes. In the past 2000 years more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture, than with all other forms of health modalities combined. Acupuncture has also been used successfully on animals, during this same time.
You do not have to believe in acupuncture for it to work. A positive attitude can help reinforce the effects of any treatment – just as a negative attitude might hinder improvement. But a neutral attitude : ” I don’t know if I can really believe in this”, will not block treatment results.
Fellow of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
Physician acupuncturists can become “board certified” after completing a minimum of 300 hours of training in acupuncture, practicing for at least 2 years, treating at least 500 patients, and passing a 4 hour board examination.
In addition, there is a designation of “fellow” for board certified physicians with a minimum of 4 years of practice experience, and additional experience with acupuncture research or teaching.
Recertificaton is required every 10 years.
A few insurance companies may cover acupuncture costs, but most do not yet recognize the value of acupuncture . Each insurance policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits.
Our policy is to accept payment at the time of service. We can then help clients to file their own insurance claim, if they desire. Acupuncture also can often be reimbursed through Flexible Spending savings accounts.