What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing art that originated in China and has been proven effective over the course of more than 3000 years. It works by harmonizing and balancing qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is best translated as “vital energy” or “lifeforce.” Qi moves in pathways, or meridians, within the body. Symptoms of pain and disease result when there is a lack of smooth flow or balance of qi. Everyday stresses can, over time, build up and create blocks of energy. Consequently, these blocks then lead to symptoms, pain, and disease. Therefore, the goal of acupuncture is to restore the smooth flow of qi within the person—body, mind and spirit—in order for healing to begin.
Athletes and performers use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to achieve optimum performance levels. Cancer patients seek treatment for the side effects of chemotherapy and to enhance their quality of life. These ancient and successful modalities are also used as a means for personal and spiritual growth, as well as for health maintenance, and preventive care.
During your initial consultation, we will go over your health history and current symptoms. Additionally, we will discuss your overall well being and goals for treatment. The initial consultation runs about 1.5 to 2 hours. If time permits, it includes a treatment. Follow-up treatments run about 50 minutes in length. Most patients need a minimum of 5 treatments as a foundation for healing.
What’s the Relationship between Acupuncture and Western Medicine?
Although acupuncture is sometimes called “alternative” medicine, it is actually a compliment to Western medicine. You don’t need to choose between a doctor and an acupuncturist. People under a doctor’s care should continue to see their doctor as long as they and their doctor feel it is necessary.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. It is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Also, I am licensed by the state of Maryland. I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety as required by law.