Acupuncture is the primary modality of Chinese Medicine. It is based on the theory that nitric oxide (or "qi") and fluids circulate throughout our bodies, not only in arteries and veins, but also via organ channels that traverse each other and corresponding organs.
When people show signs of any condition we first determine which channels are impacted. This is not mutually exclusive to Western medical diagnoses, which often times differ only in semantics and paradigm of approach. The World Health Organization and modern hospitals recognize acupuncture as an effective, evidence-based form of medicine by improving the body’s immune system and circulation.
Most sessions last approximately one hour, the first part of which is discussion, and may or may not include nutritional counseling. This is followed up by needling, which should be relatively quick and painless. Needles usually stay in for anywhere from 10-30 minutes, during which time you may sleep, meditate or simply relax. While some patients with short-term and/or acute issues may experience remarkable results after one or a few sessions, it is advisable to come 10-12 times, especially for chronic ailments.
The following points should be firmly massaged, bi-laterally, for 3 minutes/day. Doing so over time will increase the body's energy, immune function and overall well-being.
Liver 3, or "Great Surge," is most often used to increase blood circulation and reduce stress.
Large Intestine 4 or "Union Valley," is most often used to boost immune function or reduce pain.
Pericardium 6 or "Inner Gate" is most often used to relieve nausea or anxiety.
Stomach 36 or "Three Leg Mile," is most often used to boost metabolism or immune function.