How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments will vary for each person depending on the type and severity of the condition. For long-standing or complex problems, one treatment per week for several weeks or months may be recommended. For acute problems of a simple nature, usually only a few treatments are required. For health maintenance visits, only 3-4 visits a year may be necessary.
The treatment plan will be further discussed at the time of your initial consultation after reviewing your history and evaluating your individual situations.
Medical acupuncture is acupuncture performed by a western-trained Medical Doctor. In addition to completing a 4-year medical degree, medical acupuncturists also complete at least 300 hours of systematic acupuncture education along with continuing medical education seminars every year. Medical acupuncturists work with your western trained physicians to improve your health and well-being. If a reduction or elimination of any medications are achieved this is coordinated with your primary physicians. Patients are encouraged to find an acupuncturist who is also a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA).
French Energetic Acupuncture
French Energetic Acupuncture is perhaps the most widely used method by medical acupuncturists in the U.S. This technique emphasizes the meridian pattern of the yin and yang energies of the organs within the body. Meridians are channels that the body’s energy (Qi) travels through, similar to the body’s blood vessels and nerve pathways. French Energetic Acupuncture is based on the understanding that acupuncture can relieve disease and ease pain by restoring the balance between the yin and yang energies. The treatment is determined based on an individual’s symptoms which is a result of blockages within particular organ meridians. Acupuncture points are selected in order to release these blockages within the meridians which allows the body to naturally balance its energies.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
A few needles are used at key acupuncture points on the body. The points are chosen based on the individual properties of the selected acupuncture points. The needles are manipulated to influence the energies of the body in order to activate or to subdue the activity of the organs within the body.
Five Elemental Acupuncture
Five Elemental Acupuncture is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. The five elements represent a person’s creative and controlling energies. When these elements become imbalanced diseases and symptoms develop. The practitioner attempts to restore balance by enhancing the energy of the deficient elements and sedating the energy of elements in excess. When balance is restored the diseased state should resolve and symptoms diminish.
Electricity did not exist 3000 year ago when acupuncture was being developed. Since the 1970’s electroacupuncture has increased in use. Electricity can be employed in a similar fashion that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is used. Because the skin’s electrical resistance is bypassed the pattern of energy delivered through the needles stimulates the acupuncture points in a different and deeper manner than a TENS unit. Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) is a form of electroacupuncture.
Japanese Meridian Acupuncture
This style attempts to balance each of the body’s meridians (energy pathways) as compared to each other. Japanese practitioners use finer needles. They stimulate more superficially and gently than traditional Chinese acupuncturists.
Auricular Acupuncture is also referred to Auricular Medicine. This was originally developed in France by Dr. Paul Nogier during the 1950’s. The ear also represents a microsystem of the body. All areas of the body as well as organ systems are accessible on the ear’s surface. The ear has unique innervations within the brain stem intersecting with the nerves from the rest of the body that pass through the spinal cord. This can be used alone or in combination with other methods.
This practice involves burning plant roots to heat the needle or to directly heat the area of the acupuncture points. Moxibustion has been used less frequently over the years as electroacupuncture has gained in popularity.
Which Style is Best Suited for You?
Every person, every disease, every situation is different. Very often multiple techniques are combined to create a comprehensive solution to your particular problem.