Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
Our clinic provides a healing space for patients to come and receive care. Per each persons individual needs, Shannon can use (or recommend) a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, nutrition, moxa, and good listening skills to guide each treatment with care.
If you are new to TCM, please continue reading for more information, or schedule with Shannon now. You may also contact Shannon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acupuncture and (TCM) is a complete, effective medical system which has been in use for more than 5,000 years in treating diseases, preventing illness, and improving well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized acupuncture for its effective treatment of over 200 medical conditions.
Einstein believed and proposed through scientific theory that everything consists of and is made of energy. Chinese medical theory is also based on this profound, yet simple concept. Acupuncture works by restoring our energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), to promote healing. When our Qi is balanced we maintain good health and have a greater capacity for happiness and fulfillment.
Acupuncture works by inserting sterile needles at precise acupuncture points throughout the body. The acupuncture points are located on meridians, or channels of energy. The meridians are much like a river current that that flows through the land providing sustenance and life for our planet. The meridians flow through specific areas of our body, promoting general wellness, nourishing all the cells, tissues, and organs in the body. When a blockage occurs in one part of the channel, it impedes the flow of energy in other areas of the body. Acupuncture works to remove the blockage and and restore the normal flow of Qi throughout the meridian.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal therapy also dates back 5,000 years. The fundamental concepts of Chinese herbal therapy were established during a time period when people were more in touch with nature and the environment. The principles of Chinese herbal therapy derive from the core elements we live in.
Chinese herbal therapy works by adjusting the body’s internal functions. Shannon prescribes Chinese herbal formulas based on each person’s individual needs and presentation. Chinese herbs can be great for treating many different conditions, from headaches to fertility issues. Each formula consists of a simple or complex combination of Chinese herbs that work together to bring the body back into balance. We only carry and prescribe the safest, most effective Chinese herbs available.
What to Expect During Your First Treatment
Shannon will spend 60-90 minutes with you for your initial acupuncture treatment so she can get a complete picture of your health, lifestyle, and goals. Shannon is a holistic practitioner and looks at the mind, body, spirit, and emotional state of each patient. She will ask questions about your emotional state, look over your medical history in depth, and talk about any specific symptoms you may have.
After discussing all your concerns, you will lie on a comfortable massage table where she will insert sterile needles at precise acupuncture points. Shannon uses a gentle style of acupuncture with very thin gauge needles and palpating most acupuncture points prior to inserting the needles. You may occasionally feel a needle being inserted, but overall her needle technique is pain free. As needed, Shannon uses her intuition and other forms of energy work with patients to help facilitate the acupuncture treatment and general well being of her patients. Acupuncture treatments last roughly 20-30 minutes. Most people find acupuncture to be wonderfully relaxing.
If you are interested, herbal formulas can be prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture.
Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week, but it does depends on the condition your being seen for. If the condition is acute and or severe, treatments may be given 1-2 times per week until the condition starts to improve. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.