Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

The body is made up of a system of meridians. Think of these meridians as a road. If a road gets closed, traffic gets heavier and starts to jam (and everyone gets a little angry). This is where I use Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to help redirect and open up the roads, so everything can flow cohesively and regain balance. Acupuncture points are used as a gateway to access these meridians. Symptoms that you experience (ex/ pain, insomnia, night sweating) give me an insight into which acupuncture points can be used in order to help direct the body back to optimal function.

What can it treat?

The list of what Acupuncture can treat is VAST and listed below are some of the common conditions that it can be used for. Acupuncture can be used to treat immediate symptoms, while we work towards balancing any underlying patterns and working towards regaining normal function.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Acupuncture

Common Conditions:

  • Insomnia

  • · Regulating Menstrual Cycles and Painful Periods

  • · Headaches & Migraines

  • · Digestive Concerns (Constipation, Irritable bowel, Bloating, Low Appetite)

  • · Pain (ALL. THE. PAIN.)

  • · Fertility Concerns & Pregnancy Support

  • · Supporting Mental & Emotional Health (Anxiety, Fear, Grief, Depression, Stress)

  • · Menopausal Support (Night Sweating, Hot Flashes)

And the list goes on!

Does it Hurt?

No. Well, it can, briefly.

You can feel slight pain on the insertion of the needle (the fine, thin, teeny tiny needle) or with any manipulation or stimulation of the needle. Some acupuncture points are stronger than others and can elicit a stronger response. Once the needles are inserted (Again, these are fiiiiiine little guys) any pain will subside, quickly. This is where breath work comes in handy – I will prep you with an inhale and insert on an exhale and you just focus on deep breathing.

Normal sensations at the acupuncture point can be itchy, sharp, heavy, warm or absolutely nothing at all.