The Chinese character “De” means virtue, heart, mind, integrity and kindness. This is how I view working with my clients – with the utmost kindness from the heart, with knowledge and integrity. I view our time together as a partnership, with each of us taking a part in achieving and maintaining your health. I view each client as a whole person and not just a set of symptoms. Your health and well-being are my main concern.
The three most common questions I get about acupuncture are: 1. Does it hurt? 2. What do you treat? 3. Does it work?
So let's take them one at a time. 1. No. You might feel a momentary slight pinch, similar to a mosquito bite. The needles I use are very fine and thin, about the width of a hair. Unlike injection needles, nothing goes through them, so there is no hole in the end of the needle to tear the skin. I use only pre-sterilized, single use needles. I also utilize a very gentle style of Japanese acupuncture where you don't feel the needles at all. See more about this at About Acupuncture.
2. Acupuncture treats a wide variety of conditions. It has been used successfully for thousands of years. Recent studies funded by the National Institutes of Health Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine have shown acupuncture works on several of the body systems. It affects the brain chemistry that deals with how our body responds to pain, stress and how our immune system functions. It also has an effect on blood chemistry, our pituitary and pineal glands. In other words, it helps the body's own natural healing resources kick into action. For a list of conditions treated, see About Acupuncture.
3. Yes! Both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) have stated, based on scientific studies, acupuncture is quite effective for many conditions. Of all the CAM therapies, acupuncture and massage therapy are the two most often proven to be effective for the conditions they treat. Acupuncture is the CAM treatment most often recommended by M.D.'s