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It is not unusual for a person to visit their medical doctor and walk out of the office without a diagnosis or treatment plan. This can be frustrating since the patient feels unwell but is not given any direction or diagnosis. Oriental medicine offers a different approach than Western medicine.  We identify patterns of disharmony that explain what is going on from a Chinese medical perspective. In some cases, it may be possible to identify a disharmony and correct it before it develops into something more serious.

What Can Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture Help Treat?

Pain: acute and chronic (joints, muscles and bones): Arthritis, Back Pain, Headache/Migraine, Sciatica, Neck and shoulder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Golfers & Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Plantar Fascitis, Pain due to Sprains or Fractures, Myofascial pain, Muscle spasms, Postoperative pain, TMJ and Fibromyalgia

Emotional/Psychological: Stress, Irritability,
 Anxiety (PTSD, Panic Attacks), Depression and Insomnia

Neurological Conditions: Trigeminal Neuralgia,
 Bell’s palsy, Vertigo and Dizziness

Digestive System: 
Gastrointestinal and Epigastric Pain, Acid Reflux, Gas, Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Constipation, Nausea, Anorexia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diarrhea

Skin/Facial Rejuvenation: Hair Loss, Swelling, Wrinkles and Cellulite

Addiction: Addiction Rehabilitation, Smoking Cessation, Drug Detoxification and Sugar Cravings

Autoimmune Disorders:  Supportive care: Lupus, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Meniere’s Disease, Thrombocytopenic purpura, Cancer Remission Support, Chemotherapy Support

Women’s Health (OB/GYN): Amenorrhea (Absence of Menstruation), Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps), Irregular Menstruation, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), 
Menopause (Hot Flashes, etc.), Anemia and Infertility

Which Conditions Does Oriental Medicine Not Treat?

Broken bones, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Tumors, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Spinal Cord Trauma, Varicosities, Hearing Loss, Epilepsy

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and unlike the needles you find at a doctor’s office. We use gentle techniques to place the tiny needles.  Some people don’t feel them at all.  Others may experience a mild heavy, tingly or dull feeling.  This feeling is normal.  It is very rare that a patient describes the needling sensation as painful.  In fact, most people describe acupuncture as very relaxing and feel rejuvenated afterwards.

Are the needles safe?

Yes. Acupuncturists are required to follow OHSA standards and use only sterile, single-use, disposable needles.

Do I have to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?

Absolutely not!  More and more Americans are discovering that it is much easier, safer and cost effective to maintain health than it is to recover from it.  Many acupuncture patients come in for monthly stress relief treatments and “tune-ups” for their immune system as part of their health maintenance routine. Preventative medicine is the best medicine.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of natural occurring material, such as plants and minerals, to assist the body in healing. Herbal formulas have a lower toxicity level, or none at all, compared to the common over-the-counter western drugs.  This gentle way of healing assists the body back to a state of balance naturally.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

Bring in your completed intake forms, which are found here. Please, also, eat a small meal before your appointment, stay hydrated, wear loose fitted clothing and refrain from alcohol or caffeine the day of your appointment.  If you are coming for facial acupuncture, please remove your make up.