THE ACUPUNCTURE EXPERIENCE
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that dates back over 2000 years. The basic theory of this medicine is that an invisible energy called Qi flows through the body via meridians. In a healthy individual, Qi flows freely through the meridian network. There are 12 major meridians and eight secondary meridians. The meridians are interconnected to each other, the internal organs, the sense organs and various tissues. The ancient Chinese mapped out the meridian pathways and discovered points at which Qi is accessible. These points are what we call "acupoints." When there is a blockage of Qi, disease will result. Acupuncture works to release the blockages to restore the energetic balance of the body.
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the needles used for injections and are less painful. Needles are always pre-packaged, pre-sterilized and are disposed of after each use. You may not even know when they have been inserted. When the needle contacts Qi, or energy, you may feel a variety of sensations, including heat, tingling, numbness, swelling, a sensation in another part of your body, etc. Many patients feel so relaxed during treatment that they fall asleep in the treatment room.
Acupuncture works to release blockages and restore the energetic balance of the body.
THE LINCOLN SQUARE ACUPUNCTURE APPROACH
Your treatment begins with an intake session conducted in the lounge, where we help to establish a comforting environment with soft music or neutral sounds. Everyone talks in lowered voices so there is little loss of privacy. If this is a concern we may conduct the intake in a private office. The purpose of the intake is to learn about your health history and current symptoms so that we can recommend a course of treatment. The treatment plan may combine our central services: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines, moxibustion, cupping, scraping, or electrical point stimulation. Treatments are tailored for your specific combinations of symptoms and health concerns.