Frequently Asked Questions

What can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?
What is Acupuncture?
What does the examination and consultation involve?
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
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What can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?

In 2002, The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations identified over 40 medical conditions effectively treated with acupuncture. They include:

• Addictions
• Allergies
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
• Back pain
• Bed Wetting (Enuresis)
• Blood Pressure – High or Low
• Bursitis
• Carpal Tunnel
• Colds
• Colitis
• Cough
• Depression
• Diarrhea
• Disc Problems
• Diverticulitis
• Dizziness (Vertigo)
• Emphysema
• Fatigue
• Fibromyalgia
• Flu
• Hay Fever
• Gynecological Dysfunctions
• Headache
• Hemorrhoids
• Immune System DeficiencyIndigestion
• Infertility
• Injuries
• Insomnia
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Joint Pain
• Kidney Problems
• Liver Problems
• Neuralgia
• Pain
• Prostate Problems
• Rheumatism
• Sciatica
• Shingles
• Skin Problems
• Stomach Ulcers
• Stress
• Thyroid Conditions
• Urinary Problems
• Whiplash

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the Chinese medical practice of inserting needles into specific points on the body to promote health and combat disease, thereby balancing Qi (pronounced “chee”), a subtle energy that circulates via energy channels called meridians. Practiced for over 3000 years, each acupuncture point has a specific purpose and function with a predictable result.

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What does the examination and consultation involve?

Cassandra has several health history forms for you to complete prior to your initial visit. A first appointment lasts about 1.5 – 2 hours. We review your history and ask questions covering the major systems of the body in detail, including: energy level, sleep patterns, digestion and emotional well-being. During your clinical intake, Cassandra also feels your pulses and look at your tongue – two more Chinese medicine clinical tools that help us access your current situation.

Once you are given a Chinese medicine diagnosis your treatment begins. Acupuncture points are chosen based on your diagnosis and clinical findings. Every acupuncture point is indicated for certain treatments and has a specific function and every acupuncture treatment is aimed at resolving both your symptoms and the root cause of your illness or imbalance.

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Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Unlike needles used to give injections, acupuncture needles are extremely fine, approximately the diameter of a single human hair and are designed to enter the skin with the least resistance. For your protection, Cassandra uses only single-use, sterile, disposable needles.

Acupuncture treatments involve little or no pain, and are usually quite relaxing. You can expect to feel a light tingling, a feeling of heaviness, warmth, or numbness at the acupuncture site.

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