Feel Good Acupuncture, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

What Is It To Feel Good?

Good Sleep
Can you fall asleep OK, or do you toss and turn? Do any pain conditions keep you awake? Are you up more than once to make a trip to the bathroom? Do you wake up too early in the morning and then can’t fall back asleep? Are you waking with night sweats or hot flashes?

Good Digestion
Do you have a good appetite (or possibly too good?) Do you have gas, belching, reflux or bloating after meals? Do you have regular constipation or loose stools? Are you tired after meals?

Good Energy
Do you wake up refreshed and keep a consistent energy level through the day? Are you able to get the exercise you want, or are you too tired?

Good Emotions
Experiencing all emotions is good, but are any of your emotions “stuck”? Are you easily irritable or frustrated? Do you suffer from pre-menstrual mood swings? Would you like support for a mood disorder?

Good Body
Do you have muscle soreness, arthritis, migraines, carpal tunnel or other pain conditions that interfere with your life?

How Does Acupuncture
Help Me Feel Good?

Acupuncture is a health care system, originating in China, that is thousands of years old. This system is unlike our modern western medical model, in that the acupuncturist is interested in looking at the person as a whole. The acupuncturist looks at the complete picture of the patient’s health to determine the individual’s unique pattern of health or disease.

Treatment goals often go beyond the scope of the present disease, and aim to include prevention of future problems. It is not uncommon for a patient to come in for treatment of a specific complaint and notice that other issues seem to resolve as part of the process…(“I never told you about my heel pain, but since you’ve been treating me for my hot flashes, my feet no longer hurt when I get out of bed”).

Because acupuncture addresses the complete person, and not just the symptom, one can typically expect improvement in the symptom as well as an increase in general health. You should “Feel Good”.

Can Acupuncture Help My Condition?

Since acupuncture considers the whole individual and the individual’s history of disease, this question is best answered for each patient after an initial assessment. However, to speak broadly, acupuncture can benefit patients with the following conditions:

Pain conditions:
arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle aches, tendonitis, migraine headaches, sinus pain, fibromyalgia
Internal disorders:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, high or low blood pressure, post-stroke paralysis, fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis, painful or irregular periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms, immune support
Emotional Disorders:
depression, anxiety, irritability. While acupuncture can be of help for some emotional disorders, it can also provide effective background support to work done with a counselor, therapist or other mental health professional.

This is by no means a complete list. If your health interest is not represented here, please feel free to call with your questions and concerns.

Does Acupuncture Feel Good?
(or do the needles hurt?)

Most patients find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Often the needle insertions cannot be felt. Sometimes, when a particular point is very tender, a patient may feel a slight pinch that passes very quickly. Many patients even fall asleep during the treatment. So yes, acupuncture should “Feel Good”.

My practice offers the option of “non-insertive” acupuncture. This means that the needle is used to touch the skin, but is not inserted into the skin. This is a very gentle, yet powerful form of treatment that is especially appropriate for children and patients who may consider needle insertions to be frightening.

More Questions?
I am very happy to schedule a phone call to answer any other questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to call the office with your concerns.