Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are part of a complete medical system which views the body an energetic system in which the mind, body and spirit are unified and closely entwined, each influencing and balancing the other.
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. Traditional Asian medical theory is based on a paradigm of medicine that understands that disease is a loss of balance of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi or gases) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Treatment of these diseases are designed to bring the body back into a homeostatic state by identifying and balancing patterns of disharmony within specific body systems.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture returns the body to its natural state of balance and harmony.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Our acupuncturist is licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the medical board of the State of Virginia. As required by law, only pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles are used to ensure complete safety.
Many people feel a heightened sense of well being and comfort after acupuncture. Each treatment builds on the next promoting the body's ability to heal itself and allowing for lasting relief.
Western biomedical research of acupuncture has found that it functions through neurohormonal pathways and gasotransmitter regulation; acupuncture points have a higher electrical conductivity than surrounding tissue. When activated these highly specific points stimulate nerves and send an electrical signal through the pathways to induce specific physiological responses, such as gasotransmitter and microbiota regulation. These responses help to balance the body by stimulating regulatory systems, intensifying the healing process and
modulating inflammation and pain.
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 . Acupuncture consists of carefully inserting hair-thin, one-time use disposable needles into the skin that you will hardly feel when inserted. Because the needles are so thin, the sensation is generally mild and not painful. In fact, nearly all patients experience a significant level of relaxation
and may even fall asleep during their treatment.
When gently stimulated the needles may produce a unique sensation that Chinese medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading and 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.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Acupuncture creates deep relaxation in
both mind and body.
The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary.
For more acute and mild to moderate conditions you can expect to need 6 to 12 treatments, typically you begin to feel relief after the first few sessions and the work to build and maintain the relief. Typically 4-6 sessions are recommended within the first 2-3 weeks of your treatment plan then the frequency is adjusted according to your progression after the initial series.
Chronic and more severe conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type of issues and the related factors.
Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.