Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is still being practiced the world over. It works! Without the use of dangerous pharmaceuticals or invasive procedures, acupuncture gently and strongly encourages the body to recover its own healing abilities.

Treatments are tailored to you and your particular needs, not based on a group study of which you were not a part. You are unique, just like a snowflake, and as equally a part of nature. Chinese medicine uses natural law to understand how your symptoms point to an underlying imbalance in your whole being. It is, therefore, a process and not a quick fix. There are no formulas that fit everyone – your treatment is about you and you alone.

Acupuncture differs from other forms of medicine in another important way. The practitioner knows that all the symptoms you are having are related! You do not need one acupuncture specialist to treat your back pain, one to treat your arthritis, and another to treat your heartache as if each were a different condition. You are one organism, one being, and Chinese medicine treats your concerns as if all are part of the same underlying imbalance.

An Important Note:

Acupuncturists do not all offer the same thing. Know what it is you are seeking. Some medical doctors who practice acupuncture can legally practice in this state with just 300 hours of study. They practice what is called “Medical Acupuncture.” Some acupuncturists treat multiple patients at the same time, in several treatment rooms with patients scheduled every 15 minutes. Others treat in a group room with up to 10 or 15 other people present. Many acupuncturists treat symptoms, and may actually help them to feel better. Fixing a symptom may not be addressing the underlying cause to which it is calling you. It may be important to discover why those symptoms are there or why your body is not healing them.

When looking for an acupuncturist, ask about their training (number of hours), their experience (not just with particular conditions, but number of years in practice), and how much time they spend with you. The answers to these questions may direct you to which type of treatment will benefit you the most. Asking many questions, based on who you are and what kind of interaction you would like with your practitioner, should help you find the right one for you…it is not a one-size-fits-all choice!

To learn more, please call Kate at:
301-631-2936, x. 260 or email: [email protected]

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