Acupuncture treatments typically consist of an assessment, diagnosis, and treatment phase.
Initial appointments take longer as there is more of an emphasis on health history information being shared. Questions may be asked about symptoms, diet, lifestyle, etc. Intake forms are available here: intake forms and can be filled out before visiting the clinic.
Assessment includes analysis of this information along with tongue and pulse taking and also may include palpation of acupoints and meridians. Diagnosis is based on all of information collected and a treatment plan is created.
Acupuncture treatments involve needling 5-15 different acupuncture points on the body. The needles stay in from 20-30 minutes, depending on the treatment goals.
Follow-up appointments involve a shorter dialogue time, focused on changes that the client has experienced since the last treatment. Tongue and pulse and palpation are included each session for assessing changes that have occurred.
Needling can be done while lying down or sitting in a chair. Many of the most widely used acupuncture points are below the elbows and knees so clothes can remain on if these distal points are used. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended for relaxation.
For community style treatments, acupuncture is the modality I’m using.
For private session clients, acupuncture may be combined with moxabustion (a heat therapy used extensively in eastern medicine), cupping, tuina (eastern massage and acupressure) and food and lifestyle recommendations.
Auricular acupuncture involves stimulating points on the ears. It has become a highly developed medicine in its’ own right as a microsystem that can treat any part of the body but has become most well known as therapy for mental and emotional health.
The ear acupuncture that I’m offering at the clinic is the NADA protocol which is a standardized treatment that is being used all over the world to help support people with addictions. Increasingly, it is being used to assist people suffering from the impact of traumatic experiences.
More information can be found here: NADA: acudetox support