What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical practice that has been around for several thousand years. Qi is the life force, the energy which moves us and keeps us alive. This energy runs through our bodies along meridians, channels of energy that keep us alive and healthy, and when Qi is disrupted, through illness, injury, lifestyle or trauma, this can result in pain and suffering, on a mental, physical or emotional level. Acupuncture works with your Qi to restore it to its original balanced state. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, I am able to help you return to your natural balance and promote your body's ability to heal itself.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
One concern with many people is the idea of needles and if they hurt. Acupuncture needles are not like hypodermic needles you are used to in the doctor's office. They are hair-thin, flexible "filaments" that usually feel like nothing more than a light pinch when inserted. Occasionally you will feel a dull ache which quickly dissipates once the needle is in. I feel this is a fair "trade" for the pain and suffering with which my patients first present. Most patients find their acupuncture treatments to be deeply satisfying and leave feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, it is. Acupuncture is used by millions of people every year. I have undergone extensive training and education, including the detailed study of human anatomy and Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive examinations and am licensed by the state of Maryland. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.
Your First Visit
Prior to your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. This form asks questions about your current state of health as well as past illnesses. These questions are important because the holistic approach of this medicine takes everything about you into account. I tell my patients that there is "no part of you that isn't part of you"; that includes your lifestyle, emotions, past and present health history, relationships, diet, exercise and more. After a review of your intake form and further discussion, I will conduct a physical exam. This will include examining your tongue and pulses: two of the main diagnostic tools in this medicine. I will then proceed with the needle treatment, based on my findings from this intake and exam. Once the needles are in, you will have a 20-25 minute rest period. Many of my patients fall asleep or find this to be their favorite part of the treatment.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
I always say "I treat people, not conditions." That said, acupuncture can address many issues, on a body, mind or spirit level. Many symptoms, diseases, and conditions have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but in the end, I treat PEOPLE, not conditions.
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive issues
- Heartburn, Acid Reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Respiratory issues
- Menstrual issues
Initial 1½-2 hr. consultation and treatment: $120
Following 1 hr. treatments: $80
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Expanding Heart Center
208 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
The Center for Healing Arts
112 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157