New to acupuncture?
Don't worry! TCM is tried and true. It is a comprehensive healthcare system that has been in use around the world for thousands of years to preserve health and diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. Centuries ago, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners discovered that pain and illness results from imbalances and blockages of "Qi" and "Blood" in the body. But how does that translate for us in a modern society? Well, it means when we are stressed, sit at a desk all day, eat poorly, and don't exercise, we get sick! Brenda has many tools and techniques to help your body restore itself back to health, the most well known of which is acupuncture.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by balancing disharmonies in the body through the stimulation of specific acupuncture points with very fine, flexible needles. The practitioner uses a complex system of diagnostic methods that take into consideration the patient as a whole, rather than isolated symptoms. TCM is truly a holistic medicine. At Spot of Qi Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, the aim is not only to alleviate symptoms, but more importantly to treat the underlying cause, increase the ability to function, and improve the quality of life.
Many first-time patients are afraid that acupuncture will feel like a shot. It won't. In fact, did you know that 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one hypodermic needle? The insertion of these ultra-fine acupuncture needles can be so subtle that it is often unnoticed by the patient. After insertion you may feel a mild tingling sensation, a heaviness at the insertion site, a surge of energy, or nothing at all. Many people find the sensation of acupuncture to be so relaxing that they fall asleep during their treatment. Acupuncture relaxes both body and mind.
Is acupuncture risky?
No, the risk of side effects is low and the potential of benefits is high. Modern acupuncture needles are stainless steel, pre-sterilized, non-toxic, and single-use. Other modalities of treatment such as cupping and Gua-Sha can leave a light red to purple appearance on the skin for a few days, although the treatments themselves are not dangerous or painful.
What can TCM treat?
TCM can treat a wide array of conditions. With the combination of acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle adjustments, and herbal supplements, Chinese Medicine can have a powerful impact on your health. Although many people seek treatments to speed the healing of injuries and alleviate chronic pain, Chinese medicine can do much more. It has been shown to improve digestive disorders such as IBS and ulcerative colitis, regulate menstruation and decrease PMS symptoms, alleviate the harsh side-effects of cancer treatments, improve sleep and depression, relieve stress and anxiety, and boost overall immunity to help ward off those pesky colds and seasonal allergies. Brenda specializes in treating sports injuries, digestive disorders, and stress and anxiety.
What can I expect at my first visit?
To start, we will review your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. Next, your vitals will be taken, we will observe your tongue, and check your pulse to help gain a full picture of your health. Once the in-depth intake has finished, a customized a treatment plan will be made just for you. After the plan is discussed with you, your treatment will begin. Needles are usually retained for 20 to 40 minutes and may be accompanied by heat therapy, cupping, electric stimulation, moxibustion, Gua Sha, and/or Tui-Na massage. When your needles are removed, herbs may be prescribed for you, depending on your condition. Although patients often feel a change after only one treatment, acupuncture does have a cumulative effect. A standard course of treatment is ten visits, however, every person is special, and so are their treatment plans.
BRENDA HATLEY,L.Ac. Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine