Traditional Chinese Medicine – acupuncture, herbs and diet – is a system of medicine that has been practiced for 5000 years. It is a means of maintaining or restoring balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit. When we are well we are in balance inside of ourselves and in relation to the world outside. When we are well, we feel relaxed and at peace.
There are meridians, or energy pathways, that flow throughout the body carrying Qi or Life Force. Acupuncture points on the pathways are places where the Qi is close enough to the surface to be touched with a needle. The needles are as fine as a hair on your head, stainless steel, and disposable after one use.
What problems can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture has been very effective with a wide variety of pain and disease, including headaches, allergies, arthritis, bursitis, insomnia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes and many other problems. All pain and disease – whether physical, mental, or emotional – are the result of an imbalance of energy within you. Acupuncture treats the whole person and the energy imbalance that led to that disease or pain. When the imbalance of energy is restored, the distress signals are no longer necessary.
The first few treatments will be from 5-7 days apart in order that each treatment will support the balancing or change that has begun. Grad-ually the length between treatments extends to every 2 weeks, then once a month, eventually becoming seasonal. Acupuncture calls on the body’s own inner strengths for healing.
Does it hurt? Acupuncture is not painless but the amount of pain is usually mild and of very short duration. I am a conservative practitioner, and I use as few needles as possible to effect change.
Cost: Treatments are $85.00 and payment is requested at the time of treatment. I allow 1 ½ hrs. for treatments to ensure that we have all the time we need. I request 24 hrs. notice if you wish to cancel an appointment. I set aside the time allotted for your appointment time; therefore, if you need to cancel with less notice I charge for missed appointments. Of course, I understand that emergencies do occur and they are not charged for.
Information about me: I worked as a registered nurse before becoming an acupuncturist. I graduated from an accredited college of acupuncture, Traditional Acupuncture Institute, in Columbia, Md. I also had three years of advanced studies at an acupuncture college in England after graduation. I have been an acupuncturist for 34 years. I love my work and especially love watching people thrive and experience greater harmony, peace and health in their lives.