Chinese Medicine Treatments
Once we’ve made a diagnosis, we can develop a treatment plan that may involve any or all of the following:
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific spots on the body to provide effective symptom relief while stimulating the natural healing processes of the body & mind.
Properly applied, acupuncture can provide immediate relief.
A complete course of treatments can re-balance the body’s systems, recover your health & bring about a lasting curative effect.
We use sterile, disposable needles & Personal Protective Equipment.
Movement therapy involves the performance of specific exercises to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
If necessary, your acupuncturist will prescribe a custom exercise routine designed to help relieve and manage your condition.
The exercises will be demonstrated in clinic & also delivered to you in instructional video format via email or mobile app, making it easy for you to follow along.
Nutritional counseling involves the assessment & adjustment of your diet based on the principles of Chinese food therapy.
Your acupuncturist may recommend specific changes to your diet, including adding or removing specific foods or modifying your meal schedule.
Food therapy can help relieve your symptoms, rebalance your body’s systems & improve your health.
Chinese herbology involves the combination of various herbs to make medicinal teas, powders, pills or liniments.
Based on your diagnosis, herbs may be prescribed in order to relieve your symptoms & restore balance to your health.
Access Acupuncture works closely with an online herbal dispensary, so that any prescriptions you need can be ordered & shipped directly to you with the click of a button.
Clinical Treatment Plans
Your first acupuncture treatment plays an important role in determining the frequency, amount, & types of treatments you initially require.
As treatments progress & your condition improves, your acupuncturist will re-assess your treatment plan & make changes based on the phase of care you need.
Acupuncture’s pain relief & symptom-calming effects begin right away, but tend to be somewhat temporary at first.
The effects of movement therapy, food therapy & herbs are mild at first, but their effects are cumulative.
As treatments progress, the amount of pain relief & increased wellness will become more pronounced.
It is important to be consistent with frequent treatments at the beginning of care in order to build momentum and hold the gains made from treatment to treatment.
Once the intensity & frequency of your pain or symptoms is consistently improved between treatments, the time interval between treatments can be lengthened.
The focus of treatments changes from providing relief to healing & restoring balance.
Continuing care through this phase allows your systems to begin functioning in a more balanced way on its own.
During this phase it is common to want to “test things out” or overdo it because of the relative absence of discomfort.
It is important to remember that although there is pain relief or your symptoms are gone, the healing process is still unfolding & the body is vulnerable to re-injury or re-aggravation of symptoms. Take it easy and follow your acupuncturist’s advice.
Patients with chronic conditions or symptoms that tend to recur may require ongoing maintenance.
This could involve adopting long term dietary changes, taking herbs on a regular basis, or getting an acupuncture “tune-up” on a bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonal basis.
When all of our systems are in balance, acupuncture & Chinese medicine can keep our health running smoothly and even enhance our wellness.
By combining acupuncture, diet, herbs, & exercises, Chinese medicine can help us optimize our health and live life to its fullest.