How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine, universal laws of nature govern the human body as well as the world around us. Health in the individual, as in nature, is determined by a smooth flow of vital energy. This energy, called qi (pronounced chee), circulates in your body along pathways called channels or meridians. These channels traverse and nourish your body as rivers traverse and nourish the earth.
Rivers can flood, dry up, become dammed, or become poisoned - metaphors for what can happen to your vital energy. When this happens, your body may show distress signals in the form of symptoms.
Acupuncture reestablishes the natural flow of qi in your body through the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points along the channels. These points work like gateways to "balance the flow of the river" in whatever way it needs balancing.
Does acupuncture hurt? How does it feel?
Unlike needles used for "shots," acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair. You may not notice them being inserted, or you may feel a pinch, tingling, warmth or coolness. You should soon start feeling very relaxed.
Where do the needles go?
The most commonly used points are between the elbows and hands and between the knees and feet. However, there are points all over the body, and the points chosen will correspond with your unique needs. If you are anxious about needles, you will always have the choice to receive fewer of them.
How many needles are used for a treatment?
This depends on your unique needs. Sometimes only one or two needles are used, but most commonly six to twelve needles are used.
Is there bleeding with acupuncture?
Occasionally there is a drop of blood when a needle is removed, and occasionally a patient gets a bruise at the site of a needle insertion.
Tell me about acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair, and most used are 1/2-1 inch long. They are sterile, made of stainless steel, and disposed of immediately in a medical waste container after being used only on you.
How long does an acupuncture treatment last?
Sessions last an hour, and the treatment itself lasts anywhere from 15-40 minutes.
How many treatments will I need, and how often?
Acupuncture is like growing a garden or learning a new skill. In the beginning, in order to train your body to rebalance itself, treatment generally works best when you come in once or twice a week for a few weeks, depending on your symptoms and desired results. If you are dealing with a longstanding chronic condition, you may need weekly treatment for a while. All of this will be discussed both at your first visit and during the treatment process, and you will always have the power to choose whether to follow the recommended schedule or not.
What precautions are you taking for COVID19?
Both patients and I wear masks for the entire duration of the session, and I allow a minimum of 15 minutes between patients in order to disinfect and air out the treatment room. If you wake up and feel ill, or if you have been in contact with anyone exposed to or testing positive for COVID19, please do not come.
What conditions does Chinese herbal medicine treat?
With its centuries of history and practice, Chinese herbal medicine treats nearly all acute and chronic conditions in the mind and body. Jenny specialises in women's health, from gynecological concerns including fertility to digestive disturbances to migraines.
How do you take Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs can be made into a tea from raw material or from powder extracts. They also come in pills, tablets, capsules, tinctures, and salves and lotions for external applications.
Are Chinese herbs safe to take?
When prescribed by a certified Chinese herbalist in the manner used for centuries in China and other countries, Chinese herbs are safe. Please ensure that your practitioner uses herbs from sources free of pesticides and heavy metals.
Are herbs safe to take if I am taking medications?
Please make sure that you share all of your medications with your practitioner and that s/he knows about any herb-drug interactions with the pharmaceuticals you are taking. Often it is fine to take both, but not always.
Are Chinese herbs safe during pregnancy?
There is a long history of the use of Chinese herbs to help women with numerous problems of pregnancy in all trimesters, as well as postpartum. Ensure that your practitioner has been trained in the appropriate use of herbal medicine during pregnancy.
Can Chinese herbs help with fertility?
They certainly can. Chinese herbs greatly support women in all aspects of their hormonal health.
Can I have treatment without needles?
Absolutely! The mind-body healing offerings without needles include acupressure, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, plant spirit medicine, flower essence therapy, essential oil therapy, and Five Element energy field clearing. Any of these may also be combined with acupuncture to enhance the healing effects.
What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion is an ancient Chinese medicine practice of burning specially-prepared mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) plant material on or near the skin in order to nourish and balance the body's qi. Even when moxa is used directly on the skin, it is removed before it burns.
How much do healing sessions cost?
Sessions with Jenny for any healing modality, in person or virtually, cost $150 for the initial appointment and $100 for hourly sessions thereafter. Chinese herbs, flower essences and essential oils have an additional cost.