How does acupuncture work?
In our experience, our clients find their sessions to be deeply relaxing and quite enjoyable.
In addition, pre-birth treatment is an ideal time to safely treat many other pregnancy complaints such as heartburn and hip pain while also offering nutritional counseling and support. This is also the perfect time to ensure the baby is in the best possible position for a smooth journey into the world.
For over 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have promoted specialized treatment for women in pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Today, this care is becoming increasingly popular. It’s being used by acupuncturists and specially trained midwives in many western countries where acupuncture is available in specialized clinics and maternity hospitals. Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in Chinese Medicine as an opportunity to enhance a woman’s well-being. Value is placed on preventative care to strengthen the mother and baby in order to address any concerns before they become larger issues. Acupuncture can also deal with common problems as they occur during pregnancy such as hip and/or lower back pain, edema, headaches, sinusitis and morning sickness.
Treatments include acupuncture therapy that can be combined with Chinese herbal prescriptions if necessary or requested. For certain conditions, the treatment plan may require the use of electrical stimulation, moxabustion, Chinese therapeutic massage or cupping therapy (ba guan). Note these are available during private treatment sessions only.
Your first session will be approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours long, which will include a thorough health history and private acupuncture treatment. After your initial session you can select either a private follow-up session or a community clinic session.
All follow-up sessions will last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. During your first session your acupuncturist will discuss with you if community acupuncture sessions or private acupuncture sessions will be best for your condition and situation.
Acupuncture – Activates and balances the movement of fluids, lymph, blood and functional energetics within the body. When areas along the acupuncture pathways become clogged or weak, like a traffic jam on a highway or an overpass in need of repair, signs of discomfort or disease may appear.
Chinese Herbal Medicine – Similar to acupuncture but works from the inside out. Each herb has an affinity towards certain channel pathways or internal organs and is combined into a formula specific to your imbalance. For this reason, herbal medicine is especially effective when combined with acupuncture. Our prescriptions are custom tailored to the individual and filled by the Crane Herb Company and Evergreen Herbs.
Moxabustion – This is a form of heat therapy in which a dried herb called “moxa” is burned on or very near the surface of the skin over specific acupuncture points. It is usually made of Chinese mugwort, a common Chinese herb known in Latin as Artemisia argyi. Moxa can be used to help strengthen the qi of the body, warm the channels, reduce pain/bruising/inflammation or assist in turning breech babies.
Electric Stimulation -The application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints, was developed in China as an extension of hand manipulation of acupuncture needles.
Cupping Therapy – A fascinating method of treatment in which a special cup or jar is attached to the skin by suction, and then often moved along the acupuncture pathways. It is especially effective for musculo-skeletal pain, often relieving pain after one treatment.
Sessions at the community clinic will use only acupuncture points located on the limbs, ears, face and head. This does not limit what can be treated (i.e. we can still treat lower back pain, hip pain, groin pain, stomach issues etc!). In order to be effective acupuncture needles do not have to be placed at the problem area.
– Community sessions will NOT include adjunct therapies such as cupping, moxabustion and Chinese therapeutic massage. Private sessions may include these as deemed necessary.
– Community sessions are done while you are sitting in a zero gravity chair in a room with other people. Private sessions are done lying down and in a quiet room by yourself.
– Private sessions you will have more time to talk with your acupuncturist. Typically with community sessions the time spent talking to your acupuncturist will be just a couple of minutes to check in on the progress of your condition. If you have any significant changes that need further discussion, a private session should be scheduled.
Private acupuncture appointments provide one-on-one individualized treatments in a private room with a massage table. You have the full attention of your acupuncturist! And with private acupuncture appointments we are able to utilize all the acupuncture points that will best treat your condition including points on the abdomen and back. All appointments include a health history intake, assessment, diagnosis, plan, and treatment. New patient appointments allow extra time for a more extensive health history intake. Treatment modalities are determined by the treatment plan but typically include acupuncture plus another modality such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, electroacupuncture, essential oils, or tuina.