Treatment begins with a 2-hour session, the Traditional Diagnosis, where I will get to know about you and your life, your medical history and the reasons you are seeking treatment. You are free to ask as many questions as you need.
HIPPA laws (and our Code of Ethics) require that all information you share be held as strictly confidential. In the privacy of my office, you can be sure that nothing you say will be shared outside of that room without your express permission.
Subsequent visits take about an hour and will consist of a brief catch-up on your life since your last session followed by a treatment with needles.
Clients say my office is warm and inviting. It is filled with lots of natural light. You will be very comfortable on my treatment table with soft music playing if you like and the comfort and warmth of the BioMat’s far infrared light, negative ion and amethyst therapy (see BioMat). You may rest on the table for up to 40 minutes while the needles are in or after needles have been removed – either way, the treatment continues to work in you over the course of the day or week.
You will come in once per week for 6-8 weeks at which time we may consider spacing out your treatments to greater and greater intervals. Eventually, you may come in only for seasonal tune-ups, or more frequently if necessary.
Acupuncture needles are tools for encouraging, directing, enhancing, and calming the Qi (chee), or life force, which courses through pathways or meridians in the body. I also use an herb, called mugwort or artemesias vulgaris, which I burn on the acupuncture points to create warmth and send healing energy through the meridians. This process is called moxibustion.