About Acupuncture

How does acupuncture feel?

At the acupuncture point, many people feel only the acupuncturist’s hands or a light pinch which quickly dissipates. In the point, you may feel a sensation of heaviness, movement of energy, or nothing at all. Overall you may feel the release of your muscles, tingling as your circulation activates, or general relaxation. Many people experience no physical sensation and you do not need to feel any to get results.

What should I wear to an appointment?

Loose comfortable clothing is preferable. Some people like to bring shorts and a loose tank top to change into, but these are not required. Please expect to take off shoes, socks, watches, and bracelets, and to roll up sleeves or pant legs.

Acupuncturists use the body to assess information and it responds in subtle ways. The practitioner will take your pulse on both arms, look at your tongue, and may touch and press on your abdomen to gain information. We feel along areas that span your arms, legs, torso, back, or head. Please let your practitioner know if you are uncomfortable in any areas or have any concerns.

How do I prepare for my appointment?

    • After booking, fill out new patient information in your new online account.

    • Bring a list of medications & supplements you are taking. or take a photo of each bottle label so it will be on your phone.

    • Eat a light meal prior to treatment & skip caffeine before treatment.

    • Please wear a mask at every appointment. If you do not have a mask with you, I can provide one.

    • When you arrive, I recommend using the restroom before every treatment.

    • Turn your cell phone to silent or airplane mode for treatment.

What can acupuncture and herbs help with?

    • Insomnia, fatigue, waking in the middle of the night.

    • Digestive issues: GERD, constipation, irritable bowel disease, IBS.

    • Headaches & migraines.

    • Diabetes, blood sugar regulation, & metabolism.

    • Pain: moderate irritation to severe and chronic pain. Examples: knee weakness, frozen shoulder, joint stiffness, back pain.

    • Menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, PCOS.

    • Fertility, low libido, low sperm count & morphology.

    • Pregnancy and recovery after birth.

    • Anxiety, stress, depression.

    • Recovery: treatments following surgery, injuries, chemotherapy, or radiation help the gain strength to heal and decrease symptoms by increasing appetite, reducing nausea, decreasing neuropathy, and strengthen immunity.

How many sessions will I need?

Acupuncture and herbs are rarely a permanent fix with one session. It is like a stone skipping across the surface of calm water, causing waves to ripple through every centimeter of the river. As the water begins to calm, we skip another stone. With multiple throws, lasting change can be made.

The amount of sessions depends on what type of injury or disharmony you are working on and your current health. Many patients start with 6-12 treatments, however, every person is different. Please call for a consultation to get a better idea of your treatment timeline. We also discuss timeframe during the creation of your treatment plan.

What is moxibustion or moxa?

Moxibustion, also called moxa, is an herbal preparation made of mugwort that is useful for accessing and rejuvenating certain points of the body. It has many uses such as to add energy to a person, to break up knotted areas of the body, to increase circulation, release swelling, increase white blood cell count and boost immunity. We light the moxa and transfer the heat from the herb into your body. Some patients find the warmth and smell of the herb very soothing during their treatment. There are many forms of moxa which range from nearly no smoke to smokey. If you are sensitive to smoke, please inform your practitioner.

What does integrative mean?

I combine the study of Chinese and Japanese medicine with knowledge of Western physiology, treatment, and nutrition. In addition to acupuncture or prescribing herbal medicine, I may use other asian medicine techniques such as cupping, 7-star/plum blossom, teishin, guasha, and more. Additionally, I often discuss lifestyle modification such as nutrition, exercise, or other stress reduction techniques. Lifestyle modification is essential to keep your health going beyond acupuncture treatments alone.

We do not prescribe pharmaceuticals. However, we see many patients whom are on medications or other therapies and apply this knowledge to how we help you. We are happy to work alongside other styles of medicine, using shared knowledge to reach your health goal.