Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic medicine backed by more than three thousand years of practice and research. It is practiced worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions. While there are somewhat standard treatment protocols for many conditions (Western style acupuncture), the clinical success of acupuncture is related - at least in part - to the wide range of diagnostic signs and symptoms, which are taken into effect when looking at an imbalance (Eastern style acupuncture). An acupuncturist may check your pulse, ask about your diet and lifestyle, and palpate your abdomen. This range of diagnostic information allows acupuncture practitioners to develop a treatment strategy that is unique to you and your experience of a particular condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my first acupuncture treatment be like?
In general, people find acupuncture to be an incredibly relaxing experience, even for those who have some initial hesitation about needles. Your first treatment involves a bit of discussion, as the practitioner gathers as much information as possible to clearly understand your issues from an oriental medicine viewpoint. In some cases a pulse evaluation is performed. In other cases the treatment begins after a brief consultation.
What makes our acupuncture different?
A major difference that separates our practice from others is the Eastern style of evaluation and treatment performed. Most practitioners in the United States practice a Western style of acupuncture where a "point for symptom" approach governs where to put the needles; similar to the "pill for symptom" that governs how your illness is treated at your regular physician's office. The Eastern style focuses on imbalances in the body which may be contributing to the chief complaint and not just what points match the symptoms.
The acupuncture technique we use at The Balance Point is known as "Li Gan Jian Ying", which, when translated, means, "An upright stick always produces a shadow." Never can you place a stick upright in the ground in the sunlight without producing a shadow.
In the same way, when the acupuncture needles are placed an immediate result should be experienced. If the goal is to alleviate pain, the chief complaint should be at least diminished to a tolerable level. In most cases, the pain is completely alleviated.
When you receive a treatment in our office we fully expect for you to feel the "Li Gan Jian Ying" effect or we will not charge you for the session. That is our guarantee to our clients. It's how we improve function through balance.
What will I feel?
Communication in this regard is very important. Most points are absolutely painless. Some are adjacent to certain tendons, which makes the point more sensitive. This should feel like a pinch for only an instant and then alleviated. If the pain is sharp and prolonged the needle has probably been inserted into a tendon, in which case, the needle is removed and reinserted at a different angle. Do not hesitate to relate any sensations to the practitioner, especially if there is discomfort involved.
How much time will the session take?
After the consultation, assessment, and needle insertion, the client is asked to relax and enjoy the peaceful environment for 30 to 45 minutes.