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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is acupuncture?

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, acupuncturists are able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body’s ability to heal.

Acupuncture returns the body to its natural state of balance and harmony

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of people every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Our acupuncturist has passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state. As required by law, we use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure all our patients safety.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body’s own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to call me about your specific health condition.


• Sports injuries
• Muscle pain
• Back, neck and shoulder pain
• Leg, ankle and foot pain
• Arm, wrist and hand pain
• Knee pain
• Hip pain
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Tennis Elbow
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Jaw pain (TMJ)
• Dental pain
• Sciatica
• Arthritis
• Tendonitis
• Myofascial pain syndrome
• Headaches and migraines
• Postoperative pain

Respiratory Complaints

• Sinusitis
• Allergies

Digestive Issues & Nausea

• Heartburn, Acid Reflux
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Chronic indigestion
• Chronic loose stools or constipation
• Peptic ulcer
• Acute and chronic gastritis
• Morning sickness
• Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

• Stress
• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Depression

Reproductive Issues

• Infertility
• Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won’t. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted them. When the needles are stimulated they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation in both mind and body

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment you will be asked to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark. After your intake form is reviewed, our acupuncturist will use two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine to examine you. This will include checking your pulse and looking at the surface of your tongue. The acupuncture points chosen will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, you will be able to relax and lie comfortably for approximately 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Includes:

• Acupuncture
• Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
• Gua Sha – This technique is a scraping on the skin with a blunt instrument
• Cupping – a technique to relieve pain using glass cups to create a vacuum utilizing heat or other devices.
• Electropuncture (like on the banner)
• Acupressure
• Moxbustion (Moxa)
• Qi gong

Our mission at Thrive for Life is to help our patients discover a healthier, happier, more balanced lifestyle. Having seen the profound positive effects that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can have, we are grateful to be able to share these benefits with our patients. Together we can work to achieve your health and wellness goals.

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