"I'm 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry. I didn't know about acupuncture for shingles. The pain was severe. After just one treatment it immediately changed from a "10" to below "5". The next day the pain was gone. Just a little soreness was left. It makes me feel very happy."
Joe B., Rockland, Maine
If you are not feeling well, if you are sick or in pain, if you find it difficult to experience movement and the joy of life, you may want to consider acupuncture.
The web of acupuncture consists of many threads from the past and present. I hope to explain some aspects of this web so you can confidently use this therapy to complement your health.
AND THE 21ST
The results of centuries of experience and study have met modern developments. Through formal studies and information shared among practitioners internationally, we now understand acupuncture as an important complement to total health care. Acupuncturists are also advancing approaches to "difficult" and "untreatable" diseases.
Acupuncture is a drug-free treatment to preserve
your health and to help you experience a better
quality of health. It is an important treatment for
many painful conditions and for complications
from stresses from any source including medical
treatments. Unlike most therapies used today,
acupuncture brings a long and impressive history
of success to the very complicated conditions
found in the 21st century.
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Versatility. Since acupuncture affects a person in
many different dimensions, various types of dis-
ease may be addressed. The World Health
Organization cited acupuncture's effectiveness in
over forty-three conditions, including:
carpal tunnel syndrome
colds and flu
The 1997 NIH (National Institute of Health ) Consensus Conference on Acupuncture stated "The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies." And "One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions."
Also, patients who are being helped with traditional prescribed medications and surgery find acupuncture very useful to augment their treatments. Many post surgical pains can be treated as soon as the symptoms begin. Acupuncture is also used to reduce drug-induced side effects including those from chemotherapy.
We begin by discussing your history and main problems that have brought you to the office. We start each acupuncture session reviewing how you have felt since the last session in light of your original complaints. I will evaluate the pulse at each wrist, and with your report of how you feel, and other assessments, I will make the decision of how to proceed.
The first part of the acupuncture treatment is called a root treatment and it strengthens your fundamental constitution.
This is followed by the branch treatment that addresses specific needs. Sometimes the root and branch treatments are performed together. I have found this two-part approach to be the most successful for long term results.
You can expect your overall results to be extremely positive. After treatments, most people express feeling light and more awake while being more relaxed. They usually report further improvement for approximately 24 hours after treatment. You will find the results are cumulative with successive treatments.
Frequency of Treatments
Treatments are scheduled according to your condition. For acute conditions, we may need to have two treatments per week for one or two weeks. Treatments are then spaced out according to your progress. By your second or third treatment, we will be able to determine how effective acupuncture will be for you. Every treatment builds on the foundation of the previous treatments to ensure that the effects last longer each time. I also use homeopathy to enhance treatments and to reduce the frequency of clinic visits when possible.
Once your symptoms subside, two or three additional treatments will strengthen you and provide a better defense against the return of your symptoms.