Acupuncture: ANCIENT METHOD, MODERN APPLICATIONS
The World Health organization recommends acupuncture for...
Conditions Appropriate for Acupuncture Therapy (WHO)
Source: World Health Organization United Nations. "Viewpoint on Acupuncture."
What to Expect from an Acupuncture Treatment
After a thorough history and examination from a western medical perspective, I'll look at your tongue, and take your pulses in the Chinese medicine manner on both wrists. I may use a digital meridian imaging program to measure the electrical flow in your meridians as well.
As you relax comfortably on the treatment table (each one has a bedwarmer underneath the sheets), I'll usually treat 2 to 8 points, either with needles, pressure, or low-intensity laser. The needles are sterile, stainless steel, disposable (never used on anyone else), and just thicker than a hair. As you breathe out I'll tap each needle under the skin (usually feels like a bug bite or less), then stimulate the acupuncture point beneath. You may feel a pleasant tingling, numbing, or warming feeling. Within a few minutes you'll start to feel a pleasant sense of relaxation in your body as the treatment starts to work.
Afterwards, you'll likely be relaxed, sometimes even temporarily sedated. It's best to plan to just take it easy after a treatment if possible, walk, stretch, and stay hydrated, Plan on skipping alcohol, a hot tub, bath or steam that day, and don't plan an exhausting workout afterwards.
You may find that you sleep unusually well and feel better the next day or the day after that.
With a chronic problem, symptom relief tends to be brief at first, lasting only a few hours or days, but as we reinforce the treatment effects, we aim to get longer and longer periods of feeling better.
My approach to acupuncture is eclectic, using the best of what I have learned from many teachers. I have studied Eight Principles (TCM), Ryodoraku (a technical Japanese form), Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture), and 5-Elements Acupuncture with the renowned British master, Professor J.R. Worsley.
I helped pioneer the use of needle-free acupuncture, publishing a research paper on using ultrasound to stimulate acupoints in 1974. I often use low-level laser in infants and children, and people who don't prefer or tolerate needles, and that makes it entirely free of even nuisance discomfort.
I will also use Digital Meridian Imaging, measuring the electrical flow in the acupuncture system, to help clarify treatment plans in the many complex cases that I see.