Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of medicine that is used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. TCM is not “New Age,” nor is it a patchwork of different healing modalities. TCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years.
One of the basic tenants of TCM is that the root cause of illnesses must be treated, not just the symptoms. In modern-day terms, TCM is holistic in its approach. It views every aspect of a person, including body, mind, spirit, and emotions, as part of one complete circle rather than loosely connected pieces to be treated individually.
The needles that are used are so fine that they can be inserted without any sensation other than slight pressure in most cases. I tell my patients to tell me if they experience any discomfort that doesn’t go away right away. The treatment should be pleasant, in fact the most frequent side effect is a deep relaxation that you don’t experience anywhere else. My patients do not want to miss their appointments!
Yes! I don’t do anything that will interfere with medical care that you are already getting, in fact it will enhance it. I received training in western medicine as well as eastern so that I can communicate with physicians, understand what my patients are dealing with and also to recognize red flags for when I need to refer.
We provide patients with a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company when requested. Many patients use Personal Savings Plan funds to cover or offset our modest treatment fees.
The first appointment begins with a thorough intake which includes a health history, information about the issue we are dealing with that day, and a present day assessment of the patient’s health from head to toe. With this information a diagnosis and treatment plan are created.
The first treatment begins, which involves acupuncture and possibly one of the other modalities such as moxa or cupping if called for. The acupuncture treatment itself is usually considered very relaxing. The needles used are individually packaged, pre-sterilized needles. Most patients do not feel discomfort when needles are inserted; they are so small, they are much smaller than the hypodermic needle that we are all familiar with. The needles part the skin rather than tear it. The goal is to promote relaxation and healing in the body and not to cause discomfort.
The patient then is allowed to relax for 20 to 30 minutes. Patients love this time for themselves. Before leaving the treatment plan is discussed and other recommendations are made that patients can incorporate into their daily life.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following conditions that research has proven to be treatable by acupuncture and Oriental medicine:
Low back pain
Injuries from car accidents
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Myopia in children
Cataracts without complication
Acute and chronic gastritis
Acute uncomplicated duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
Pareses following stroke
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)