What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of treatment in Chinese Medicine that uses very thin, sterilized, stainless-steel needles inserted into the surface of the skin at specific points. This elicits various biochemical and energetic processes that encourage the body to heal itself. Acupuncture increases circulation, reduces inflammation, relaxes the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system, and balances hormones.
Acupuncture is not typically painful - many patients enjoy receiving acupuncture and find it relaxing. Needles are left in from 10 - 40 minutes depending on the condition being treated and the patient's overall health. Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach that treats the whole person, seeking the root cause of symptoms. Many patients find that not only does their main complaint improve, but other symptoms and their overall health and well-being improve also.
After an in-depth interview about your main complaint and health in general, your practitioner will use a variety of diagnostic techniques including: feeling the pulse, looking at the tongue, and palpation or massage on different areas of the body. After the practitioner has a general idea of the diagnosis, acupuncture points will be selected.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as effective for treating the following conditions:
Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat Disorders: Sinusitis • Sore throat• Hay fever • Earache • Nerve deafness• Ringing in the ears • Dizziness • Poor eyesight
Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure • Angina pectoris • Arteriosclerosis • Anemia
Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome • Spastic colon • Colitis • Constipation • Diarrhea • Food Allergies • Ulcers • Gastritis • Abdominal bloating • Hemorrhoids
Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation • Endometriosis • Menopause • Fibroids • Chronic bladder infection • Complications in pregnancy • Morning sickness • Kidney stones • Impotence • Infertility in men and women • Sexual dysfunction
Immune Disorders: Candida • Chronic fatigue • HIV and AIDS • Epstein Barr virus • Allergies • Lupus • MS • Hepatitis
Addiction: Smoking Cessation • Drugs • Alcohol
Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety • Insomnia • Depression • Stress
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis • Neuralgia • Sciatica • Back pain • Bursitis • Tendonitis • Stiff neck • Bell’s palsy • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Headaches and Migraines • Stroke • Cerebral palsy • Polio • Sprains • Muscle spasms • Shingles
Respiratory Disorders: Asthma • Emphysema • Bronchitis • Colds and flu
Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy and radiation side effects • Diabetes • Dermatological disorders • Weight control
What can Acupuncture treat?
In addition to acupuncture, your practitioner may also use other traditional modalities of treatment such as:
A vacuum is created in a glass or plastic cup that is then placed on the patients skin (typically the back) in order to relieve pain, move stuck energy, and to promote relaxation. The practitioner may glide the cup across the patients skin to cover a broader area and a massage-like feeling. Cupping increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and can break up adhesions in connective tissue.
Mugwort is burned on or near the skin at certain points or on top of needles to promote warmth, healing and blood circulation.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Based on a collection of over 350 plants, minerals, and other organic materials, a formula is created that is tailored for the patient's unique condition and overall health. These herbs can come in a variety of forms such as dried, powdered, granulated, and encapsulated. Maple Valley Acupuncture uses granular and encapsulated herbs that have undergone strict quality control and safety testing.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Specialty acupuncture that promotes blood flow, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines + saggy skin. A great Botox alternative! Treatments promote health and well being of not just the face, but entire body, mind, and spirit. Facial gua sha and cupping included (and feels amazing). Recommended series is 12 treatments for lasting results. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatments are separate from regular treatments (and are not covered by insurance).