Acupuncture 101

Acupuncture has been used as a primary health care for centuries, and the medicine we practice today is based on this work. It’s dynamic in its evolution and continues to evolve and change as new information is learned. Acupuncture is one of many therapeutic modalities that is included under the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complete healing system developed in China more than 3000 years ago. The others are:

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Nutrition Therapy
Electro-acupuncture
Cupping

all of which help restore harmony and maintain optimal health by facilitating your body’s natural, self-healing processes.

The use of acupuncture is supported by thousands of years of empirical evidence, a source of knowledge acquired by means of observation or experimentation, and a mounting body of modern medical research, the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. While science continues to search for a concrete explanation of exactly how acupuncture works, it’s becoming evident that acupuncture is indeed effective for the treatment of wide range of health conditions.

What does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is effective for treating a range of conditions including, but not limited to allergies, asthma, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, headaches and migraines, insomnia, oncology support, pain management, pregnancy and postpartum support, sports performance and injuries, stress management and women’s health.

Centuries of empirical data has shown acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of countless conditions that are yet to be studied by modern western research. If you have questions about a condition not listed below, please contact me to discuss your specific situation.

Some of the conditions treated with acupuncture:

❂ Stress relief
❂ Creative blocks
❂ Anxiety
❂ Depression
❂ Menstrual irregularities
❂ Infertility and Fertility
❂ Peri-menopause & Menopause syndrome
❂ Eating Disorders
❂ Chronic respiratory conditions
❂ Sinusitis, Rhinitis & post nasal drip
❂ Migraine headaches
❂ IBS
❂ Chron’s Disease
❂ Addiction support
❂ Insomnia
❂ Vocal care, dysfunction and maintenance
❂ Focus and concentration
❂ Performance and stamina
❂ Physical & emotional stress
❂ Pain management
❂ Overuse and repetitive stress injuries
❂ Orthopedic injuries including shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, hands and feet
❂ Back and neck pain and muscle tension
❂ Nerve entrapment (wrist/carpal tunnel, forearm, elbow, shoulder, and neck, etc.)
❂ Neurological problems & Focal Dystonias (abnormal muscle control)
❂ Degenerative arthritis

Discover even more conditions that can be treated with acupuncture at “What does acupuncture treat?”

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug free approach for the treatment of a wide range of conditions recognized by the World Health Organization.

At Y+Y, your safety is of the utmost importance to me; the use of disposable, sterile, single-use needles is strictly adhered to with every patient, and only licensed acupuncturists with more 3,500 contact hours of acupuncture training are allowed to perform acupuncture.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needle insertion is done very quickly to bypass pain receptors at the skin’s surface. While some feel nothing at all, others may experience mild sensitivity to the insertion of needles. Following initial insertion, a mild sensation of tingling or numbness may be experienced during the treatment; this is a desirable affect known as ‘attaining Qi’. The needles are left in place for approximately 20-30 minutes. Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep during sessions.

Is Acupuncture for me?

There is a good chance that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and by stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. This goes beyond the body’s physical level, addressing the mind, body and spirit and improving quality of life by enhancing your mood, increasing energy, and facilitating sleep. At Yin+Yarrow we are committed to diversity and recognize the value of all people, regardless of age, gender or non-binary gender, sexual identity, race, creed or religious beliefs.

Will I need more than one treatment?

Acupuncture works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next. If you have been experiencing symptoms for a while, it will likely take more than one treatment to notice the effects. Acupuncture can be compared to medication; if you don’t regularly take the prescribed dose, it can be ineffective. Getting acupuncture consistently and within the prescribed time frame will help insure optimal results. After your first few treatments, we can usually provide an estimate for how many treatments you’re likely to need. Keep in mind that each person heals differently, and response times to acupuncture can vary widely. Our goal is to help your body restore balance in as few treatments as possible. We will always recommend what is necessary—never more, never less.