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IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Dr. Cat will now be offering her services only through Medicine of the Peace Acupuncture & Family Wellness. 
Click here to be directed to the website for booking.
Starting Oct. 1, 2023, you will no longer be able to contact Dr. Cat through SovereignQi.
New Phone: 619-324-9079
New Email: info@medicineofthepeace.com

Dr. Cat administering acupuncture

ACUPUNCTURE 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 Qi (energy) meridians that connect to specific body parts or organs, and each point carries a unique function. Acupuncture is an all-natural, safe, effective, and painless healing modality.

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. Any of these modalities may be incorporated into your acupuncture session as deemed appropriate and necessary by your practitioner.

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 client’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.

WHAT TO EXPECT

During your first appointment, Dr. Cat will conduct an evaluation of your health history, your chief concern, your health goals, and a Chinese Medicine physical examination. You will receive a easy-to-comprehend explanation of how acupuncture works, and then you will receive your first acupuncture treatment. After your treatment, Dr. Cat will provide you with her recommended treatment plan based on your chief concern and health goals.

She will also be sure to answer any of your questions.

Once acupuncture needles are inserted, they are retained for around 45 minutes. It is normal during this time for you to experience sensations of tingling, temperature fluctuations, itching, or a dull achey pressure around the sites of the needles. All of these are normal and expected sensations. During a treatment, most people report feeling relaxed, feeling like they are floating, or feeling like they have a weighted blanket on them.

At the Hillcrest clinic, additional modalities such as Gua Sha, ear seeds, facial acupuncture, or herbal prescriptions may be recommended as part of your treatment plan.

PRE- AND POST-CARE

  • Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothing that can be easily rolled up or down.

  • Eat a snack or light meal 1-3 hours prior to your treatment.

  • Avoid drinking caffeine 1-3 hours prior to your treatment.

  • Stay hydrated throughout the day.

  • Avoid intense exercise or heavy alcohol consumption following your treatment.

  • Follow any additional post-care instructions provided to you.

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