How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by activating your immune system through the mechanical stimulation of your fascia.  When the needle breaks the skin, your body’s first reaction is to attack the needle and to try to push it out.   When your body attacks the needle, the immune system is engaged and your body begins to increase circulation of blood and heal body wide inflammation.  Your rest response is also engaged as well as pain killer and feel good chemicals such as endorphins are released.

Does acupuncture hurt? 

It doesn’t hurt in the sense that you may think.  When done correctly, acupuncture feels like a dull ache or warm and the insertion site.  Acupuncture very rarely feels sharp and stabbing.  The dull ache that is normal to acupuncture is a very good sign and it means that your muscles, nerves, and immune system are responding.

What does acupuncture treat?

According to the World Health Organization, here is a list of diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

  • Dysentery, acute bacillary

  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary

  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • Headache

  • Hypertension, essential

  • Hypotension, primary

  • Induction of labour

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus, correction of

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

After five years of professional experience I can also say that acupuncture is extremely effective for the treatment of women’s health issues like endometriosis, PMS, painful cysts, night sweats.  Acupuncture is also very good for IBS, insomnia, eye twitching, muscle cramps, and pleurisy.

What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment with Candice?

During your first treatment, we will do a face to face health history review going over every system in your body.  I will feel your pulse and look at your tongue to diagnose imbalances.  Next, I come up with a proper Chinese Medicine diagnosis and then create a point prescription based off of my diagnosis. You will lay down and I will asses your acupuncture points to see which points are healthy and which are sick both from an energetic and immune system perspective.  I will needle the healthy points first (about 3-6 points).  Then I use sound healing and lavender essential oil to treat the sick points (about 6 points) before I needle them.   After the needles are in, I use a needle technique that gently stimulates your immune system.  My primary goal during each session is to increase your immune response, release fascia, relax muscles, increase circulation and calm your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight/stress response).  You will have the needles in for 30-45 minutes depending on your condition.  I will come into  the room periodically to asses your body’s reaction to the needles and stimulate them if needed.  I frequently use moxibustion, cupping, and electro-acupuncture during each session depending on what the client needs.

How many treatments will you need?

The short answer: On average it takes 3-12 treatments to get results.

The long answer:  It depends on how long you have been sick and how old you are.  If you have an acute illness (3-4 weeks), you can expect to heal within 3-to 6 treatments.  If you have been sick for 2 months to several years, you can expect it to take 10-15 treatments.  If you are younger than 45, you will respond within 3-6 treatments, if older than 45, it can take 6-10  If you are older than 65, it can take longer than 10-15 treatments and sometimes up to 20 treatments.  Some people surprise me and get the result they wanted with just one treatment and others can take longer.  I encourage everyone to give their body at least six treatments to respond.