Forever Able Wellness currently offers Acupuncture, NAET®, and Chinese herbal therapy.
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Acupuncture is a therapy that uses very thin filiform needles to enhance the body’s recuperative power, boost immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture needles that are inserted into specific points in the body work by moving qi (pronounced chee). Qi, which can be loosely translated as Vital Force or Life Energy, can become blocked, weakened, or disrupted for various reasons. Emotional or physical trauma, poor diet, stress, overwork, and seasonal changes are just a few examples of the types of things that can influence the flow of qi.
When qi is out of balance, the body cannot operate in its optimal state, and pain, illness, or disease can take hold. Acupuncture works by restoring the smooth flow of qi and allowing the body to once again move toward a state of balance and health.
Yin and Yang
By maintaining a smooth flow of qi throughout the body, acupuncture also works to balance yin and yang.
Yin and yang are diametric opposites; where yin represents dark, cold, female, or rest, yang represents light, heat, male, or activity. One cannot be defined without the other, nor exist without the other.
In a healthy state, yin should balance out yang and vice versa, however if one becomes excess or deficient, disease can occur. For example, a deficiency of yin, which often occurs in post-menopausal women, could lead to yang-type symptoms such as hot flashes, sweating, and difficulty falling asleep. Acupuncture can restore the balance of yin and yang, thereby eliminating the types of issues that occur when the two are out of balance.
What can acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) credit acupuncture for being effective in treating more than 50 conditions. Some of the most common are:
- Addiction Depression Low Back Pain
- Anxiety Digestive Issues Menopause
- Arthritis Fibromyalgia Menstrual Irregularities
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Headaches Morning Sickness
- Chronic Fatigue Infertility Sciatica
- Chronic Pain Insomnia Stress
What to expect from your first acupuncture treatment.
During your first treatment, you will fill out a detailed patient history form, which you and your acupuncturist will review together in order for us to provide you with the best possible care. Your acupuncturist will ask you a lot of questions during this first visit, some of which will seem related to your main issues for coming to see us, and others that will seem totally unrelated (in Chinese medicine, everything is related!). All of these questions help us to come up with a Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment plan that will be individually suited to you.
After your acupuncturist determines the treatment plan, you will receive your first acupuncture treatment. You will lay comfortably in one of our private treatment rooms (either face-up or face-down depending on what’s being treated), and your acupuncturist will insert the needles. After the needles are inserted, you will relax with the needles in for around 20 to 30 minutes.
Do the needles hurt?
An acupuncture treatment should not be a painful experience. Once the needles are inserted, most patients find themselves getting very relaxed, some even to the point that they fall asleep. That being said, you may feel some sensations when the needles are inserted. These sensations vary from person to person, but typically only last a few seconds. All sensations that occur during the needling process are an important part of activating your body’s natural healing ability.
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient depending on your basic level of health, the specific condition you are being treated for and its duration, and how your body responds to acupuncture. Typically acupuncture treatments are given 1-2 times per week in the first few weeks and then gradually reduced to 1-2 times per month. This is because acupuncture works cumulatively and each treatment will build on the last. Generally, average cases take around 6-8 treatments to resolve, while more complex or chronic cases can take 10 or more. After symptoms are resolved, a monthly “tune-up” to maintain optimal health is recommended, as acupuncture is very effective at preventing future imbalances that can lead to illness.