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  • What conditions do Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treat?
    Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Qigong can treat different systems in the body, such as the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, immune, muscular, circulatory, nervous, urinary and reproductive. Specific indications include stress, insomnia, fatigue, the common cold, depression, anxiety, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, infertility, headache, allergies, acid reflux, nausea, arthritis, muscular pain and more.
  • What should I know about Herbal Formulas?
    Please inform your practitioner of any allergies and medications, supplements and herbs that you are currently taking to avoid adverse reactions. Follow your practitioners recommendations of dosage. Generally, herbs are taken 1-3x a day. Herbal formulas are typically gentle yet effective, however if any negative side effects occur, please stop taking immediately and inform your practitioner. Herbs are often prescribed in capsule or granule format. Most patients have noted a preference of capsules to avoid tasting the herbs, and others enjoy the granules due to ease of compliance as the formula is already prepared. All herbs supplied will only be from companies that ensure purity, safety and potency in herbal extracts by following standards of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO). Eco-sensitive farming, biodiversity and sustainability, authenticity, safety and purity are prioritized. A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is available.
  • What should I do BEFORE an Acupuncture treatment?
    Please make sure to eat something within a few hours before treatment. Wear comfortable clothes that can expose the lower arms and lower legs or specific part of the body that you would like to work on. You can remain clothed during treatment. For Home visits only - Please prepare an area that you would like to use for treatment, such as a couch or bed. A massage table will not be provided. It is ideal if you can carve out a piece of your day when you are able to feel the most relaxed before and after your appointment.
  • What should I expect DURING an Acupuncture treatment?
    Your practitioner will examine your tongue and pulse to get a clearer picture of what is going on inside of your body. An acupuncture treatment will then be created, which will use 4 - 16 points, on average. The one-time use sterile needles will be retained in the body for approximately 20 - 35 mintues, after insertion. During treatment, minimal movement is best as to not disrupt the needles, but still stay loose and relaxed. Feelings of dull aches as stagnation moves out of the body may occur, but you should not be in pain. If anything feels uncomfortable, let your practitioner know at any time.
  • What happens AFTER an Acupuncture treatment?
    After treatment, allow the healing energy to unfold and do not disrupt the process or cause excessive strain on the body. Effects from a treatment can be felt immediately or up to a few days after and more. This duration is different for everyone and depends on the condition and person being treated.
  • Does Acupuncture hurt?
    You may feel a slight sensation upon needle insertion, but this should dissipate quickly. Many people report not feeling anything at all. You may feel unblockages and energy move in the body during the needle retention, but you should still feel comfortable and relaxed. Please communicate with your practitioner about any of your needs.
  • How many treatments or consultations do I need?
    This all depends on what and who is being treated. If the issue is acute or new, there is a greater chance it will go away faster, verses treating a long term illness. A relatively healthy person may respond faster than someone who is in a weaker state. For Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine: During your initial consultation, your practitioner can give you a better estimate. Your situation can be remedied as soon as you receive treatment, while another may need 1 acupuncture treatment once a month for 6 months and someone else may need 2 treatments a week for 3 months.
  • Who can benefit from these services?
    Anyone. Someone who wants to work on a specific goal or someone looking for preventative measures. Home Acupuncture visits may also be good for people who have difficulty leaving the house due to limited mobility, transportation, depression, anxiety, postpartum, difficult labor or recovering from surgery. Appointments can also be done at other places of care. Or others who prefer a treatment in their own home to save time and energy as appointments can be scheduled around work hours. It also eliminates driving after an appointment.
  • Are telephone consultations also available?
    Telephone consultations can be done via FaceTime or simply through a regular telephone conversation. Ideally, the practitioner would still like to examine your tongue and observe your presentation. The consultation can be catered to your needs and can be centered around herbal medicine, nutritional support, emotional support, qigong, feng shui or other.
  • What other services are available?
    A complement to your acupuncture treatment can include the additional therapies: Cupping: cups are applied to the body creating suction to stimulate blood flow Electrical Stimulation: attachment of electrodes to needles which encourage circulation Gua Sha: light scrapping of the skin with a flat edge tool to eliminate toxins and reduce pain Moxibustion: the burning of mugwort placed directly on points or needles to increase strength Tui Na: type of massage using “pinching and pulling” Therapies are used for appropriate cases and will not be applied to everyone. Customized appointments are also available that can include acupuncture and Feng Shui consultations. Please contact LM for more information.
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