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ACUPUNCTURE

Medications, supplements, and herbs work on the material body, while acupuncture, moxibustion, and Qi Gong work on the energetic body.

With Dr. Phonexay Lala Simon

HOW MUCH ACUPUNCTURE DO I NEED?

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese medicine involves the application of fine needles placed along specific points of the body. The points chosen by the practitioner aims to regulate the flow of energy through the body. According to Chinese medicine theory, regulating energy in the body decreases pain, supports circulation, and optimizes the nervous system. By creating these physiological responses, it helps most regulatory systems of the body to heal naturally.

Licensed East Asian Medical Practitioners, trained in acupuncture, provide a philosophical approach to care that applies thousands of years of Chinese medicine practice to create the unique art and mastery of acupuncture as an alternative modality to treating many common health conditions in combination with traditional western methods.

ACUPUNCTURE FAQ'S

What to expect at an Acupuncture Visit?

The initial appointment includes an interview, assessment, and preliminary treatment and lasts for about 60-90 minutes. Follow-up appointments last about 50 minutes.

First Office Visit Breakdown:

  • Interview/assessment/physical exam: 20-30 minutes
  • Needling/moxibustion process: 5-15 minutes
  • Patient retention and relaxation time: 15-20 minutes
  • Manual therapy: 10 minutes
  • Wrap up and future treatment plan: 5 minutes

During the initial intake, I will give you a prognosis for treatment of your specific condition and answer any questions you may have.

Return Office Visit Breakdown:

  • Follow-up assessment 5-10 minutes
  • Needling/moxibustion process: 5-10 minutes
  • Patient retention and relaxation time: 15-20 minutes
  • Manual therapy: 10 minutes
  • Wrap up: 5 minutes

The frequency and duration of treatments depend on the type of issue being addressed. In general, acute injuries require 1-2 treatments per week over the course of 4-6 weeks, while more chronic issues will require treatment on a weekly basis for at least 10-12 weeks. Usually, I allot 1-2 months of consistent treatment to get at a year’s worth of chronic symptoms. Something that has been going on for a decade could take a whole year to get the person as close to asymptomatic as possible. 

 

What does the Road to Recovery look like?

For patients with chronic lifelong pain or other issues that are not likely to be resolved, the goal is to get you to a place where you can have as much quality of life as you can. I like to get these patients down to a maintenance regimen of getting regular treatments every 4-6 weeks, a seasonal regimen if the condition warrants it, or whenever the patient is experiencing a return of symptoms or expects to have a return of symptoms such as after traveling. Some conditions are ongoing because there is no cure for them. These conditions may include auto-immune diseases, debilitating chronic diseases such as fibrormyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, and lifestyle diseases like pain that is due to lifestyle factors such as work stress, poor posture, or sedentary habits. 

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What does Acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture is generally a very pleasant experience. Most patients are able to achieve a relaxed state, and some patients even fall asleep. The insertion of the needle is minimally felt.

Common sensations that the patient may feel include dull, achy, or a heavy sensations, especially with tight muscles. The intensity of sensation is up to the patient’s comfort level. If a patient is uncomfortable for any reason, the patient may communicate the feeling to the practitioner who can adjust the needles accordingly.

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What are the Benefits of Acupuncture?

The benefits of acupuncture include improved immunity, decreased chronic stress response, decreased inflammation, and better regulation of cognitive and emotional processes. Detoxing mechanisms function better to get waste out of the body. Absorption mechanisms like digestion function better to get nutrients into the body.

What Conditions can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of conditions, the following is a list of some common conditions, but there are many more not listed. Please contact me or an acupuncturist near you to learn more about how acupuncture can help you. Even if acupuncture cannot help resolve a condition, it is a useful tool for symptom management. It also can clear away many layers of disease symptoms so that you can get closer to the root of the cause. This means that you can apply other therapies such as medications in a more focused way. 

Additionally, acupuncture helps with many side effects from medications. It can also support the liver and the kidneys during the medicative process, especially for people who have to be on medications longterm, or even life-long. Supporting the liver and kidneys means that you preserve those organs longer and you can be stable on your medications for longer. With age, our livers and kidneys get weaker and this is accelerated by chronic or high medication dosage. Over time, your body gets less efficient at processing and detoxing these medications leading to either less potency or increased side effects. Taking care of these important organs during the process can be an important step to keep you stabilized for a longer duration.

CONDITIONS

  • Allergies
  • Athma
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Stress Management
  • Jaw pain/TMJ
  • MANY MORE!
  • Joint Pain
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Nerve Pain
  • Fertility
  • Premenstrual Symptoms
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

What can the Patient do to Support their Recovery?

Although we can feel powerless when facing medical concerns, patients have more power than they realize. Factors that determine healing include the patient’s own constitution such as age; past, present, and future lifestyle habits; and genetic dispositions. The speed of recovery can also be influenced by the patient. Compliance is key. Herbs and supplements, dietary recommendations, other lifestyle recommendations, stretches and exercises, even medications and other care such as physical therapy or massage can speed up the process of most conditions if they patient is as consistent as possible. Maintaining a regimen of self-care after recovery is also important to minimize relapse.  Remember that health is not an endpoint. You are always working against time and nature; wear and tear is ongoing for the human body once it has matured.

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