Acupuncture & TCM Treatments
Traditional Chinese Medicine has an evolving history over 5,000 years old and is a medical system that includes health interventions such as Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxabustion, Herbal Medicine, Food Medicine, and Lifestyle Recommendations to address disease.
More than folk medicine, it is a comprehensive system unto itself with its own method of diagnosing and treating disharmony in the body. The TCM system of diagnosis and method of treatment is effective even in treatment of the diseases of modern society. Chinese Medicine can target active diseases, and also be used preventatively. Because it takes a different approach towards diagnosing a disease and treating the body, it can often be paired with other interventions to achieve positive health outcomes.
Acupuncture is the most well known intervention within Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practiced and developed for centuries before the advent of modern medicine. Tiny needles are inserted at specific points in the body to address specific health problems. It is very beneficial for most, if not all, health conditions, ranging from neck pain, infectious disease, chronic or seasonal headache, muscle and joint pain, low back pain, gynecological concerns of all types, and mood disorders. It stimulates neurological, immunological, and endocrine responses beneficial for metabolic function and cell rejuvenation.
Acupuncture can also serve as an effective complementary medicine to those who are undergoing intensive western medicine treatment, as it can relieve side effects of medical treatment, and reduce anxiety and stress.
The goal of an acupuncture treatment is not only to treat disease, but to bring balance to the body by restoring the body’s natural healing function and activating the body’s own parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) response. The combined effect of the acupuncture, and adjusting a lifestyle or diet pattern, can bring mental clarity, increase stamina, and dramatically improve health outcomes.
Cupping is a method of treating diseases by generating negative pressure inside a cup, and placing it on specific points on the body. Cupping is well known for treating soft tissue, but its uses extend beyond treating muscle tension. Under the guidance of an experienced health practitioner, cupping can treat common cold, asthma, cough, arthritic pain, musculoskeletal pain, headache, and gastrointestinal disease.
Throughout history, TCM practitioners have utilized plant, mineral, and animal parts to make decotions, topicals, plasters, and soaks to treat internal disease and external skin conditions. Through study and time, the most effective formulas have been passed down in classical Chinese medicine texts.
During an appointment, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will diagnose your condition and identify the appropriate herbal formula appropriate for your concern.
TCM Formulas are effective for treating many issues, including mental disorders, impaired sleep, gynecological concerns, fertility issues, common flu and cold, digestive distress, and high blood pressure. The aim of an herbal medicine prescription is to treat the root of imbalance as well as the chief complaint.
Unlike pharmaceuticals, they usually have few to no side effects. They can be an effective addition or alternative to prescription drugs in managing a critical health concern.
The Chinese herbs we use at NaturalStart are preparations that have been manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practice and quality tested to be free of pesticides and chemical contaminants.
What should I do before an acupuncture treatment?
Please come having eaten something in the last 2 hours, especially if it is your first time receiving acupuncture. We do not encouraging receiving acupuncture on an empty stomach or if you are feeling low on blood sugar.
What is an Acupuncture treatment like?
Before an acupuncture treatment, there will be a quick intake and diagnosis. We will ask you specific questions related to your condition, and also some general questions to better understand your body constitution. We may examine the affected area, and we will also look at your tongue and check your radial pulse to see how your body is doing.
During the treatment, fine needles are inserted at specific points around the body. The goal of the treatment is to put the patient at ease and let the needles conduct qi in their natural healing circuit through the body. Acupuncture utilizes the qi of the body and directs it to help the affected organ or area.
We may use other modalities during or after the treatment according to what is relevant to the diagnosis. This may include cupping, electrical stimulation, or soft tissue manipulation to assist the flow of qi.
Many people receive acupuncture not only for a condition they would like treated, but to enhance their daily performance and energy, spark creativity, and improve their stress response.
Private Session Acupuncture Treatments
This session includes an acupuncture treatment in a private room. The benefit of receiving a private treatment is that more time spent on individualized assessment. Also, in this setting we can easily access potent acupuncture points on the back and side of the body.
Supplementary modalities, including cupping, electrical stimulation, and soft tissue manipulation may be used that suit the condition being treated and are already included in the treatment.
Community Style Acupuncture Treatments
At NaturalStart, we offer Community-style Acupuncture for those interested in receiving acupuncture at a reduced price. This style of treatment includes mainly acupuncture with some herbal consultation.
There will be no need to remove your clothes – just come ready to remove your shoes and socks, and roll up your sleeves. You will be seated in a reclining chair. A variety of conditions can be treated by using acupuncture points on your arms and feet. After a quick intake, needles are left in for 30 minutes.
This type of session is called community-style acupuncture because the room may be shared with one other person who is also receiving treatment. Community style treatments are a more affordable option and can allow for more frequent visits.
Read more about how Acupuncture can assist you with your specific health condition:
If you would like a 15 minute complimentary consultation to see if acupuncture is right for your health condition, please contact Jennifer Dong at 650-396-7117, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For returning patients: how often should I come back?
Depending on your condition, your practitioner will advise a treatment plan for how often you should come back to see a desirable outcome in your treatment. If the condition is acute or timing is urgent, it would be best to be treated every other day.
When your health condition becomes stabilized, it is generally recommended to come back one time or more a week to see continued results. Many people come get acupuncture once a week, or as needed to maintain optimum health.
Jennifer Dong, L.Ac., M.S., is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She obtained her Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Jennifer worked in the biomedical research field. Read more about Jennifer Dong, L.Ac.