The ancient medical system of China emerged from the knowing that the whole of nature, including the human body, is inherently intelligent. Chinese medicine works with this intelligence by supporting the body’s own will to heal. It employs modalities, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, Chinese dietetics, and medical qigong, that help return the body to its fundamental state of resilient responsiveness. In this state, disease naturally resolves.
What to expect with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
While each visit to Heart Spring Health is as unique as the patient, it is common to have the first visit last between 60-90 minutes. This gives us a chance explore the underlying factors affecting your health.
Prior to your visit, we will send you paperwork to complete that includes a thorough health history. When we meet, we will review this together to better understand your concerns. The interview process may be quite thorough, and may inquire into body, mind, and emotions. There is a physical exam, which often includes palpation of the pulses, the abdomen, and the meridians, and a look at the tongue.
The first visit will usually involves a treatment (often acupuncture), a Chinese medicine diagnosis, an opportunity for questions, counseling regarding diet and lifestyle, qigong instruction, prescription of herbs and/or supplements, and specific recommendations for continued treatment.
Subsequent visits will vary by individual, but acupuncture generally requires repetition to gain the most benefit so a course of regular treatments is recommended initially, followed by less frequent maintenance care.
Training and Certification for Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
A practitioner of Chinese medicine is a licensed individual who has attended an accredited ACAOM Chinese medical school after completed a Bachelor’s degree with medical school prerequisites. They are licensed by the Oregon Medical Board and are referred to as Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.s). They may perform acupuncture and many related modalities such as moxa, cupping, and electric stimulation, massage, prescribe supplements, Chinese and Western herbs, teach qi gong, and provide dietary and lifestyle advice.
Benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
- Balances Mood
- Improved Sleep
- Chronic Pain Management
- Stronger Immune System
- Reduced Stress
- Acid Reflux Disease
- Hormone Balance
- Back Pain
- Reduces Allergies
- Weight Management