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This I understand completely. We’re all very accustomed to the hollow, hypodermic needles of the Western medical world. They draw our blood, shoot us in the rump and in the arm or worse yet, tap into our veins with the dreaded IV. (The thought of all of that makes me cringe, too.)

Acupuncture needles are very small, solid (filiform) needles inserted superficially into some of the less sensitive parts of the body. Smaller than a sewing needle, they are designed to be comfortable. Many patients have said they didn't even know their treatment had started as they didn't feel the needles inserted. And, this treatment is all about helping you, so if you are at all uncomfortable, I will change the treatment to help you feel comfortable and relaxed. I have a couple of mottos - "No needle unless it's worth it" and "This isn't high school gym class - we don't believe in 'no pain, no gain.'" 

And, the results of acupuncture treatments can be profound. Often patients come in with one major complaint, and discover that while we’re focusing on that major injury or illness many of their aches and pains are resolved along the way. Because acupuncture works to resolve the root cause of the illness or injury, the body often resolves other disharmonies along the way. It’s a pretty exciting side effect!

And, acupuncture is generally relaxing. Many patients, even those who feared needles upon arrival, fall asleep during the treatment and find their anxiety replaced with relaxation and contentment.

The needles we use are sterile, single-use disposable needles. We use them one time, and throw them away in a hazardous waste container. We use a very small gauge needle for patient’s optimum comfort.

Because diagnosis is based on the entire body, the first treatment will take 60-90 minutes. After that, each treatment is about 30-45 minutes, depending on the circumstances.

This is a difficult question to answer as every patient is different. The course of treatment for patients with chronic pain is different than that for patients with a common cold or internal diseases. We’ve heard some practitioners mention it’s about one treatment per year of disease, but it’s hard to say. Generally, we work in courses of 10 treatments. If the root cause of a patient’s symptoms subsides before 10 treatments, we’ll recommend slowing to a maintenance treatment strategy. If the root cause takes more than 10 – 12 treatments, we’ll recommend a one to two week break between treatment courses.

Many people continue with maintenance or “tune-up” treatments at their discretion. Some choose once or twice a month, some once or twice a year. It’s a very personal choice.

Every patient is different. I’d love to say it takes one magical needle and everything is better. But, each treatment generally uses more than one needle, varying from 5-30 needles. The needles are very small.

No, but we will send you forms to fill out. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the person as a whole, so we need very detailed patient health history for a proper diagnosis. We try to get these forms to you at least a week before your scheduled treatment to help cut down on the time of your office visit.

Acupuncture and herbs are safe for children. We generally use acupressure for children under 12 years old. Reiki is a fantastic alternative treatment strategy for children. Children are much more easily influenced by the energy in their environment, so Reiki is simple, effective method of returning a child’s body to a balanced state.

Acupuncture is covered by some insurance companies. We will happily provide a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company. Sadly, Reiki is not covered by insurance. But, we’ll happily give you a receipt for your records.

Again, every patient is different. Some patients feel marvelous after the first treatment. Some patients don’t feel any significant change after the first treatment, but by the third treatment they’re feeling better. And, some patients feel great after the first few treatments and then feel badly for a few more treatments, then feel better than ever.

We have never had a patient unresponsive to every modality (acupuncture, reiki, cupping, gua sha, etc.). We’re willing to keep trying different methods until we find something that really helps each patient return to balance and a pain free lifestyle.

Acupuncture generally does not interfere with other medical treatments or medications. There are patients we cannot treat such as those in shock, suffering a heart attack, experiencing a seizure, among others.

We will adjust your treatment strategy according to each patient’s needs. If, for instance, a patient has a pace maker, we will not use electrical stimulation. This is one reason we require detailed patient health history.

Herbal formulas may interact with medications. We will check and double check the compatibility of formulas with patient medications. Most herbal formulas are so well balanced that they do not affect other treatments or medications, but your health is my focus. So, we continue to check and double check. Again, the detailed health history will provide the details of current medications for compatibility.

Reiki – the oldest offering of healing from one person to another, Reiki, is the original hands on healing. This is an offering of pure love – universal life force energy from heaven and earth through a person to another. This medicine sounds so simple, and maybe sounds the most woo woo, but truly, it is powerful. It’s so powerful Christie offers a by donation Reiki Circle monthly, so people can try this simple, elegant, powerful healing.

Shamanic healing uses some of the ancient healing techniques of native cultures. This is the most intuitive work offered, and the healing may involve vibrations through drumming, rattles, or other techniques. These ancient techniques often sound primitive to people accustomed to the Western Medical establishment, however, the Cleveland Clinic is now using music therapy, Reiki, meditation and other ancient healing techniques to help patients heal. Vibrational healing is extraordinarily powerful, and is used in shamanic practices.

Intuitive Healing – sometimes there are things you just KNOW. This is your intuition communicating with you. After 11 years of working in traditional medicines, Christie has learned to use her intuition to help people heal. It's a communication between the subconscious aspects we all have, and it is often far more effective than speaking. 

Every patient is different. Most would say that acupuncture is painless or nearly painless. Some patients feel a little more than a needle prick. If any lasting sharp sensation occurs we will adjust the treatment for a patient’s comfort.

As acupuncture’s goal is to manipulate qi, there is often a distending or heavy sensation around the needles. Many patients have said they could feel warmth within their body’s meridians. Some feel tingling or numbness. Many patients find acupuncture is so relaxing they sleep through the treatment.

Acupuncture – a 5,000 year-old medical technique that manipulates your life force energy to harmonize your organ systems.  Tiny needles create a change in your body’s chemistry and ionic fields to reduce inflammation, release endorphins, relax muscles and heal from within. There are many theories on how acupuncture works – and the results speak for themselves.

Cupping is an ancient folk remedy, used in many different cultures, to relieve pain, reduce fever, release allergies and treat many other discomforts. The therapy creates a vacuum, which draws lactic acid and other inflammatory bio-chemicals from the deep aspects of muscle tissue to the surface so the patient can flush them out by drinking water & soaking in Epsom salts. Cupping was very popular with Michael Phelps during the Summer Olympics, as it significantly decreased his recovery time between races. This is a very simple, effective technique to help speed up the healing process.

Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese massage technique that offers results similar to cupping. Using a soup spoon (or other device) the therapist will scrape the skin & muscles to release inflammation and lactic acid. Often there is a redness or purple discoloration of the skin, which shows the amount of bio chemical transformation during the process. Again, it’s important to follow this therapy with drinking great amounts of water and having an Epsoms salt bath. (Or soaking your feet ).

Both Gua Sha and Cupping have been used successfully by Grandmas globally!

Crystal Therapy – Earth Medicine. Christie often explains that according to her teacher, Jeffrey Yuen, if you’d like to change your story, if you’d like to change your life, use earth medicine. It is the most powerful medicine available to us – so powerful that when they standardized Chinese Medicine to create what we know now as TCM, great debates took place regarding earth medicine. Those in charge of the standardization decided that Earth Medicine was too powerful to continue to use in the standardized TCM, so they removed many of the most powerful tools from the TCM Herbal Materia Medica.

Encouraged by Jeffrey Yuen to re-create the Earth Medicine Materia Medica,  Christie is excited to use crystals in helping people heal and change their stories. This is beautiful, powerful medicine! When you come in for a treatment, feel free to ask her about the story of Earth Medicine.

Massage – Christie is trained in the Traditonal Chinese Medical (TCM) massage called Tui Na. This is a very therapeutic technique  and may be used for everything from digestive complaints to muscle soreness. Tui Na is a powerful part of the TCM toolbox.