What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine sterile needles into the skin in very specific areas called “points.” It is done to foster change and growth in a person, and address specific symptoms.  An herb known as moxa is often used to bolster treatment.


What happens on my first visit?

Your first session with me is generally 1.5-2 hours of information gathering.  I have a host of questions, and as you answer I am more able to knit together a fabric of your unique needs. This informs my treatment plan for you.  Usually a brief physical exam is included to determine any structural problems in your body and to identify specific physical complaints.


What about continued visits?

Follow up treatments usually last 45-60 minutes.  Beginning seated in chairs for about 20 minutes, I ask how you have been since your last visit and as you report the results from treatment, I gather information about what needs should now be addressed in light of current concerns.  The remaining time is spent treating you.


How Many Treatments will I need?

Your treatment needs will be revealed as we begin work together, although patients generally feel something changing within the first 4-6 treatments, and for this reason I ask people to commit to a series of six treatments. People often arrive in my office with symptoms that have plagued them for many years and although one or two treatments alone may have some impact, (we all hope to be that rare exception!), one treatment often will not have the long term results we seek.  After your initial commitment is completed, and results become clear, together we determine if treatment is sufficient for now, or if continued appointments with more time between sessions is indicated.  Generally, treatments may be continued biweekly, monthly, or even seasonally.


What can I hope to see as a result of Five Element Acupuncture treatment?

Five Element Acupuncture is unique in that initial treatments address chronic or acute conditions, yet over time, as these health circumstance are addressed, the medicine becomes preventative. Often, people choose treatment for a physical complaint or limitation and find that not only did their condition ease, but their general sense of well-being improved. The result? People feel better in themselves, sleep better, feel more joyful, and become more engaged with their family, friends, and community. Generally, that wonderful spark of life is restored.  When we FEEL good, life IS good!