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Where do we begin?
Treatment begins with a detailed interview, with the practitioner asking a full range of questions about the patient’s physiology, dietary habits and lifestyle, and discussing what the goals are for treatment.  The practitioner also assesses the patient by taking pulses at the wrists and looking at the patient’s tongue. 

How often and how many treatments are recommended?
Treatments are usually once or twice weekly, sessions are an hour or one and a half hours. Often results can be noted after one treatment, but significant changes usually occur after three or four sessions.  Chronic or long term conditions require longer treatment.

What are the needles like?
The needles are sterile, stainless steel, single use, individually packaged and disposed of after each use.  They are slightly thicker than a strand of hair.  A slight pricking sensation is felt, sometimes accompanied by tingling or slight electrical sensation at the site. Often there can be a pleasant sensation and the patient enters a relaxed state of light sleep during the treatment.

What does acupuncture treat?
The most appropriate answer is that acupuncture treats holistically, that is it treats the entire person rather than a symptom or a western diagnosis. The practitioner assesses the primary complaint in the context of the physiology and lifestyle of the patient and develops a treatment plan for that individual. 

Having said that, acupuncture has successfully treated or alleviated conditions from acute sports injuries to migraines, digestive issues, respiratory conditions,  reproductive and fertility issues and even chronic disease conditions. 

Classical acupuncture also considers mental /emotional traumas or stressors as an internal cause of disease if left untreated.

What is TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)? How is Classical Chinese medicine different?
In the early part of the 1900s in China efforts were made to extinguish acupuncture altogether- it was thought to be outdated compared to Western ideas about medicine. However the Chinese rallied to keep their medicine and efforts were made to revise it to fit a more modern paradigm (and also to treat a growing population quickly). In the 1950s and 60s under Mao Tse  Tung, Chinese medical doctors developed a system of presentations and point prescriptions known as "Patterns" in Chinese medicine. TCM is indeed based on the Classics, but Classical Acupuncture is the vast umbrella under which TCM exists. TCM is what is taught in China today and in most Acupuncture programs throughout the US. We were also trained in TCM. It is our belief that Classical acupuncture encompasses a greater view of the human condition in that it considers the physical as well as the mental emotional circumstances of the patient. Also Classical Acupuncture places great importance on the transmission of disease within the levels of the body. There are many differences in philosophical approaches between TCM and CCM.
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