Frequently Asked Quesitons
What is acupuncture?
What is involved in the first visit?
What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?
- Pain disorders such as low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, sciatica, arthritis, tendonitis, headache, or a sports injury
- Women’s health related conditions including irregular periods, fertility and pregnancy support, menopausal syndrome
- Emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression
- Digestive complaints such as nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, and ulcer
- Respiratory conditions including cold and flu, sinusitis, allergy, asthma, and coughs
- Neurological problems including migraines
- Skin concerns including dermatitis, eczema, hives, and facial rejuvenation
- Brittle bones including osteoporosis and osteopenia
How does it work? What services are offered?
In the words of Dr. Harriet Beinfield and Dr. Efrem Korngold, acupuncture rests on the idea that “when Qi and Blood stagnate, the processes of elimination and regeneration deteriorate, constituting the basic condition underlying many forms of illness.” Acupuncture battles this stagnation of blood and life force, by stimulating what are known as acupoints on the body. Acupoints are parts of the body that are connected to other areas of the body or specific organs. If stimulated, they can assist the targeted area in healing.
Needle acupuncture is the most typical form of acupuncture. The acupuncturist takes many factors into consideration when choosing which points should be used for treatment, like points known to benefit specific conditions, or the channel closest to the site of the condition. Ultimately the choice will be made based on the diagnostic assessment at the beginning of the session. All acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable, and single-use only. There is also Electro-acupuncture in which the use of a low-frequency micro current stimulates the acupoints. Miniature clips are attached to the needles, which creates a mild pulsing to increase movement of Qi along the energy pathway.
Chinese herbs: After diagnosing a pattern of disharmony and administering acupuncture treatments, Dr. Mitra often writes an herbal formula from over a thousand common herbal formulas or from more effective traditional family formulas. In this herbal classic, herbs are categorized into three groups. The first group is called “food herbs” which are eaten as part of one’s diet for general fortification, prevention and maintenance. The other two groups are called “medicinal herbs” which are dispensed to each patient as an individual formula based on one’s constitution, environment and medical condition. Medicinal herbal therapy works in concert with acupuncture by providing the nourishing support for the energetic “re-programming” and “re-balancing” efforts of acupuncture.
Cupping: is a traditional Chinese treatment using suction cup/glass to reduce back and neck pain, improve blood circulation, and relax the muscles. This treatment also improves the body’s ability to fight a cold and expel phlegm. Though it can be helpful on its own, cupping is typically combined with an acupuncture treatment.
Auriculotherapy: (Ear Acupressure) is the application of Vaccaria Seeds/Magnets onto specific points of the ear. The ear is a microsystem of the entire body with each point corresponding to an organ or body part.