Frequently Asked Questions
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:
• Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
• Back pain
• Bed Wetting (Enuresis)
• Blood Pressure – High or Low
• Carpal Tunnel
• Disc Problems
• Dizziness (Vertigo)
• Hay Fever
• Gynecological Dysfunctions
• Immune System DeficiencyIndigestion
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Joint Pain
• Kidney Problems
• Liver Problems
• Prostate Problems
• Skin Problems
• Stomach Ulcers
• Thyroid Conditions
• Urinary Problems
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.
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.
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.