Acupuncture is a form of treatment in traditional Chinese Medicine using thin, sterile needles inserted into selected points on the body. Acupuncture is used to treat a vast range of conditions ranging from pain, hormonal imbalances, mental-emotional imbalances, to internal medicine.
Initial session includes:
complete medical history
tongue & pulse diagnosis
physical exam (if applicable)
recommended treatment plan
take-home recommendations (nutrition, home exercises such as breath-work, and more)
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture helps regulate the nervous system by re-balancing the stress response. It helps by switching the fight-flight-freeze response of the sympathetic nervous system towards a more centered and adaptable approach. It allows one to adapt to the needs of life by addressing stress as needed, while switching to the parasympathetic mode of rest, digest, and sleep.
The meridians are highways on the body serving as a connection between the internal organs, the surface of the skin, and everything in between. These meeting points on the surface of the skin are known as Acupuncture points. When activated, these points sets off a system of reaction:
Local immune reaction to activate the immune response
Communicates to the mid-brain through proprioreceptors (within the skin) to wake the brain and body connection
Influences optimal levels of nitric oxide, hydrogen sulfide, and oxygen release within the cell level
Releases pain relieving chemicals known as enkephalins and more.
These set of Acupuncture points are used in a particular order to give the desired outcome for treatment.
Preparing Before a session
Wear loose, comfortable clothing allowing easy access to knees and elbows
Avoid caffeine and alcohol before a treatment as they interfere with the treatment effect
Eat a small snack within 1 hour before the treatment session
What to Expect After A Session?
Most feel relaxed after a session, allow yourself some downtime to rest
Give it 2 days to see the full effects after an Acupuncture session. The most subtle changes are big wins as Acupuncture works to create a new foundation for your nervous system to restore itself. The key is to having consistent progress is building upon each other as the body learns to create new habits of function.
Stay well hydrated after a session
Eat whole food nutrition to supply healthy ingredients your body can use to restore itself as the Acupuncture assist with its healing process
Expect it to take time: sessions will be recommended closer together at first; then, gradually spread out as results last longer
What Can Acupuncture Help With?
Acupuncture can help with the following conditions, but not limited too:
Lower back pain
PTSD: Anxiety, Depression, Exhaustion, night terrors
Menopause discomforts: hot flashes, fatigue, irritability, weight gain
Post-partum support and transition
IBS, Crohn’s, Celiac disease, Colitis
Migraines & Headaches
and many more