Change the Way You Feel
Acupuncture is an ancient medicine backed by thousands of years of case studies and supported by modern research. People turn to this modality for a variety of medical conditions including acute injury, chronic pain, and imbalance in any of the major body systems (cardiovascular, digestive, musculoskeletal, etc.).
In addition to helping you return to health, acupuncture can be used as a proactive medicine to help keep energies aligned and support the body with everyday stressors. Many patients integrate acupuncture treatment into their schedules, similar to including exercise or yoga routines, to keep the body in optimal shape. Monthly tune-up appointments can help you fight off illness, lessen chronic symptoms, and improve your reaction to bigger medical obstacles when they do occur.
"I am a healthy 42 year old who came down with awful and then lingering flu-like symptoms. I had a bad cough that persisted for several months, and visited two MDs. The first told me I might have "real influenza," the second said it might be whopping cough; but both said that there is no treatment and I should just wait it out. I visited John and after one session of acupuncture and a day of herbs the symptoms went away never to return. This is just one of several similar cures that I got from John." - Zack
Acupuncture is a medicine that is practiced by inserting very thin, sterile needles into the skin. This process treats disease from the inside out and is meant to effect change in the body. As a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, and is based on the concept of correcting energy flow throughout the body to achieve balance. The acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points that are located along meridians or channels of the body. The needles stimulate the body's own healing capabilities, increase blood flow, reduce pain, and improve overall health and wellness.
Chinese Herbology is a drug-free way to internally address disharmony in the body. Herbal formulas at Jade are prescribed in powder form and can be mixed with water to create a tea to drink. The herbal formulas are a combination of naturally occurring ingredients that have specific properties and functions meant to help restore the body’s balance.
Herbs can be beneficial for both acute and chronic conditions, and the course of treatment will be adjusted to fit your symptoms and diagnosis.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medical therapy that involves burning an herb over the skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points or areas of the body. We typically use moxa poles to apply the therapy. The poles are a packed form of the herb encased in carbon, which helps it to produce less smoke when it is lit. Once lit, the pole generates a steady heat that allows the patient to feel a warm and often analgesic sensation at the site. Don’t worry -- the pole never touches the skin. If appropriate, moxibustion may be added into an acupuncture treatment, used as a stand-alone treatment, or recommended for at-home application. When performed at 34 weeks moxibustion has been proven to be 80% successful in turning breached babies.
Cupping is a technique that can be performed during an acupuncture or PT appointment. The cups stay on the skin for 5 to 20 minutes and are adhered by a suction pump. They may stay stationary or your practitioner may recommend sliding cup, which involves moving the cup along the skin to create a stronger release. Cupping improves circulation, relaxes muscles, and can provide pain-relieving effects. Some patients experience temporary skin discoloration following a cupping treatment, but that typically resolves within a week.
Electrical stimulation (E-stim), which is applied to the needles by thin wires and alligator clamps, provides continuous stimulation to the points and may be recommended. Research supports that low levels of current, for example between 2-5hz, can help strengthen the analgesic effects of acupuncture.
WHAT WE TREAT
Here are some of the more common ailments that bring people in for acupuncture treatment. Click on the images for a more detailed list of the conditions successfully treated through acupuncture at Jade Integrated Health:
If you don’t see your specific condition listed above, you still could benefit from all modalities. Contact us for more information so we can set up the proper treatment for you.
What Sets us Apart
At Jade we foster an atmosphere of comprehensive care with an integrative health approach, offering each patient a tailored treatment plan that may involve a combination of services including physical therapy, yoga, acupuncture, and massage. Each patient is different, so which treatments you receive are a discussion with your acupuncturist about what might be most beneficial for you and your recovery. We strive to offer the highest quality of care and thrive on strong in-house communication between providers to ensure patient success.
First Visit: What to Expect
Prior to your first visit, you will fill out a detailed health history form that will help your acupuncturist understand how all of your body’s systems are functioning. The first portion of your appointment involves talking through this information with the acupuncturist to determine the best treatment plan and point selection. The acupuncturist will then begin treatment with needles, which will remain in the skin for 15-30 minutes while you rest. Typically two sets of needles will be inserted. The first appointment runs an average of 90 minutes, and, depending on your needs, each follow-up session will be 60-90 minutes. We recommend comfortable, loose clothing for the appointment. Head to our new patient center for acupuncture forms, FAQ's and additional new patient information!