Acupuncture Wellness Services
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin sterile needles into specific areas on the body, known as acupoints, in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. These points are located along energy meridians that connect to specific body parts or organs, and each point carries a unique function. Acupuncture is an all-natural, non-toxic, safe, effective, and generally pain-free healing modality.
While acupuncture is the most widely known modality of Chinese medicine, it is just one of the five pillars of Chinese medicine. They include: Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Movement, and Massage. All 5 pillars work in harmony for your healing, and you can expect your acupuncture sessions to include any combination of these modalities.
WHAT IS CHINESE MEDICINE?
Chinese Medicine is a system of health care that has been around for over 4000 years. It is utilized world-wide to address a myriad of physical, mental, and emotional ailments. It consists of modalities such as acupuncture, gua sha (scraping), fire cupping, moxibustion, tui na (Chinese massage), herbal remedies, ear seeds, dietary & lifestyle recommendations, qi gong, sound healing, and more.
Chinese medicine views the body, mind, and spirit together, acknowledging that disharmony in one leads to disharmony in the others. It has its own unique theory and treatment principles, and is incredibly individualized to address each patient’s specific concerns. Through a thorough symptomology assessment and physical evaluation, a Chinese medicine doctor is able to find and address the root cause of dis-ease within the body, mind, and spirit.
The WHO and the NIH endorse Chinese medicine as a safe and appropriate treatment strategy with minimal to no side effects for over 100 different conditions, and Chinese medicine is used for even more than that.
Examples of conditions include but are not limited to:
Mental and Emotional health—anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma release, brain fog, memory or concentration issues, insomnia, fatigue, stress, nervousness, neurosis, grief, anger, worry, fear, addiction.
Digestive health—IBS, gastritis, hepatitis, hemorrhoids, GERD, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, pain.
Reproductive & Urinary health—male and female infertility, irregular menstruation, PMS, PMDD, pregnancy support, morning sickness, prostatitis, low libido, erectile dysfunction, urinary dysfunction, UTIs, yeast infections, cystitis.
Skin health—acne, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria, dry skin, shingles, alopecia, etc.
Respiratory health—common cold, flu, asthma, cough, rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, sore throat.
Cardiovascular health—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, myocardial infarction recovery, palpitations, stroke prevention and recovery.
Neurological health—tremors, tics, paralysis, Multiple sclerosis, POTS, Bell's palsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, TBIs.
Chronic or Autoimmune disease—long hauler’s syndrome, thyroid disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer support, HSV, EBV, Lyme’s disease, diabetes, anemia, end-of-life support.
Pain Management—chronic or acute pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, arthritis, post-op recovery, sports training recovery, low back pain, etc.
YOUR ACUPUNCTURE SESSION: WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect 2 hours for your initial session, and 60 minutes for all follow-up sessions.
During your initial appointment, Dr. Cat will conduct a thorough evaluation of your health history, your presenting symptomology, and a physical examination, and will provide an acupuncture treatment based on her initial assessment.
After acupuncture needles are inserted, they are retained for 20-40 minutes.
Additional modalities such as moxibustion, cupping, acupressure, medical qi gong, gua sha, heat therapy, e-stim, ear seeds, or sound healing may be added during this time or once the needles are removed.
After your initial visit, Dr. Cat will work up a detailed treatment plan for you and discuss your options for treatment including frequency and amount of treatments, herbal recommendations, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
All return visits include a follow-up evaluation and intake, an acupuncture treatment, and any other treatment deemed appropriate based on your presentation and treatment plan.