The response depends on the individual. After treatment, one may experience a range of results. Sometimes several treatments are required before there is relief of symptoms.

Range of results:

  • Relaxation.
  • Immediate relief of symptoms.
  • Gradual relief over the course of several days.
  • Worsening of symptoms for a few days, followed by improvement.

The number of treatments required is evaluated on an individual basis.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are two types of Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine has over 2,000 years of history and development in China, and is used to treat both acute and chronic illnesses.  The core of this system of medicine is Chinese medical theory – a comprehensive description of how the human body functions in both health and illness. Chinese medical theory is based on a concept of balance in all aspects of life: physical, emotional,  spiritual, and one’s environment. When one aspect of life is out of balance, this may be reflected elsewhere. Sometimes the imbalance results in signs of illness. Clinically, this theory can be applied to treat illness with a variety of treatment methods. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used to restore balance, and promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are also used preventively for health maintenance.

The Chinese medical model describes body function in terms of Qi (pronounced chee), Blood, and the Organ Systems.* Qi is similar to the life force, or energy. Health exists when the Qi, Blood and Organ Systems are balanced and working together harmoniously. The Qi and Blood are distributed throughout the body via the channels or pathways, associated with each Organ System. Acupuncture points are located on these channels. Acupuncture is used to restore balance to the Qi and Blood in the channels and Organ Systems. Chinese herbs act directly on the targeted Organ Systems, Qi, and/or Blood, to restore balance and optimal health. Other treatment methods (moxibustion, cupping, massage) also work to restore balance.

*Qi, Blood, and Organ Systems are capitalized to indicate that they represent Chinese medical theoretical concepts. They do not refer to the actual physical organs or blood.

Acupuncture, one of the primary treatment therapies in Chinese medicine,  is used to restore balance to the physiological systems of the body and promote health.

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  • Acupuncture is more than just needles.
  • Acupuncture is more than just points on the body 
  • Acupuncture treats the body, emotions, and spirit
  • An acupuncture treatment includes…

A treatment protocol using auricular acupuncture developed by Richard Niemtzow, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H..

A colleague took Dr. Niemtzow’s course years ago, and excitedly told me about his demonstration in the class treating someone for xerostomia (dry mouth), a side effect from radiotherapy for their oral cancer. My colleague was very enthusiastic because of the striking effects from the class demonstration. She was also impressed that at that time, Dr. Niemtzow publishes his treatment protocol for this procedure on his website, in an effort to help as many people as possible. When I heard this, I was determined to study with Dr. Niemtzow. I finally took his class, and I am now offering his treatment protocols for specific health issues.

The auricular stimulating procedure assists in pain relief, for both acute and chronic pain. It has been used by the military in the field, as well as in military hospitals for chronic pain patients.

How often do I need Auricular Stimulating Acupuncture?
Dr. Niemtzow recommends treatment every second or third day for the first 2-3 sessions. Patients are then asked to return whenever their symptoms return – this could be day, week, or month intervals, depending on the individual.

How does Auricular Stimulating Acupuncture differ from just acupuncture?
Auricular Stimulating Acupuncture is an active treatment protocol, that requires participation from the patient. Typically the Auricular Stimulating Acupuncture treatment is limited to acupuncture points on the ears. This allows the patient to move freely. Special retained needles (gold or stainless steel) are applied to the ears, combined with physical movement (walking), to achieve the treatment goal. Treatment time is variable, as the treatment ends once the treatment goals are met.

Standard acupuncture sessions are restful treatments. Acupuncture points are chosen on the arms, legs, and body (not limited to the ears). This requires the patient to lie in a comfortable position, with limited movement.

Chinese herbal medicine, one of the primary treatment therapies in Chinese medicine,  is used to restore balance to the physiological systems of the body and promote health.

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  • Are herbs safe?
  • Life is dynamic, herbal prescriptions can be modified
  • Medicinal herbal teas do not taste like tea or coffee
  • Why take herbs?
  • I’m interested in herbs, but not excited about acupuncture…
  • A Chinese herb consult includes…

Craniosacral therapy originated from osteopathy. It consists of gentle procedures promoting function of the craniosacral system.

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  • My story – fatigue & stress
  • My story – ‘unwinding’, ‘tidal flow’, ‘craniosacral rhythm’, ‘stillness’
  • What does it do?
  • I thought you did acupuncture. Why this craniosacral therapy?
  • What can it treat?
  • So what exactly is ‘craniosacral’?

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