Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Chinese medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over 3,000 years.  Acupuncture works with the natural vital energy (Qi) inherent in all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.  This system of health care is used extensively by one quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.

Reid Saunders
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what is acupuncture?
how does it work?

Chinese medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the bio-chemical model of Western medicine.

The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes.  They called this energy Qi.  This energy, they discovered, flows along specific pathways called “meridians”.  Each meridian is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ.  Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.

Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians.  Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it.

what is five element acupuncture?

Sometimes referred to as Classical Acupuncture, Five Element acupuncture is a highly organic and holistic branch of acupuncture.  The 5-E practitioner looks at the Body, Mind and Spirit when arriving at a diagnosis.  As 5-E acupuncture theory is inseparable from the laws of nature, particular emphasis is placed on the cycle of the seasons and how an individual thrives and struggles within the different seasons in nature.

what is up with the needles?

Very fine acupuncture needles are used to stimulate acupuncture points during treatment.  These needles are sterile and disposable and are about the size of one or two human hairs.  Depending on the point being treated, the needles are inserted from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in depth.  When the Qi has been engaged by the needle, the patient will often feel an aching or tingling sensation around the needle.  Most people report that it doesn’t actually hurt.

how does a typical acupuncture treatment work?

Although the initial treatment may take a bit longer, a typical treatment lasts for roughly one hour.  The first 10 or so minutes are spent talking, giving the client a chance to report on their current health status.  Once the client is on the treatment table, the acupuncturist will “listen” to the client’s wrist pulses and perform any necessary palpation before the needles are inserted.  After the needles are inserted, the client is allowed to rest on the table for up to a half-hour.

how many sessions will it take?

This depends on the person’s overall condition and their health history.  Some acute conditions can be resolved in 2-3 treatments.  Other long-standing chronic conditions can require several months of regular treatment.  In many cases, your practitioner will recommend dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes in order to expedite a return to health.

common conditions treated

Acute illnesses
Back pain
Digestive problems
Eating disorders
Skin disorders
Fluid retention
Joint pain
Menstrual disorders
Shortness of breath
Sleep disorders
Sports injuries
Unresolved grief
Urinary problems

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