Homer Acupuncture


Oriental or Asian Medicine has treated and prevented diseases for thousands of years. This system of medicine was developed through observation of the "whole" being, composed of body, mind and spirit in connection with nature and the universe. Health was therefore described as a metaphor of nature. Rather than literal descriptions of health and disease, the language of Oriental Medicine sounds somewhat poetic. Organs are referred to as elements and fitting into one of the five phases of Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. Each element has a special relationship with each of the other elements. Therefore the philosophy of Oriental Medicine is all encompassing and strives to achieve a balance between all aspects of one's being and the two mutually interdependent forces of yin and yang.

While Oriental Medicine encompasses many different modalities including herbal medicine, moxibustion, electrical stimulation, shiatsu, gua sha, nutrition, qi gong and cupping, acupuncture is probably the most intriguing and foreign concept to people of the West. 

Acupuncture is the stimulation of acupoints on the body by the insertion of hair thin needles. The acupoints are specific points on the body that are like windows to the meridians where energy or qi (chee) circulates through the body. Every acupoint has its own unique purpose. The acupoints used in treatment are dependent on each individual's syndrome differentiation to be determined by the practitioner. Syndrome differentiation makes treatment specific to each individual. For example five different people can seek treatment for headaches. Each person may receive a different treatment due to different root causes of the headaches.

Moxibustion, Artemisia argyi, a species of mugwort is a traditional method for warming acupoints, meridians, or regions of the body. It relieves tension and pain in the body by invigorating cold areas and promoting circulation and activating acupoints.

There is no one set response to Oriental Medicine, but most people will notice their symptoms improving for a while after treatment. Reduction of symptoms may be subtle and can happen in different ways. Your symptoms may be less severe, less frequent, have a shorter duration and/or be impacted less by aggravating factors.

Relief of symptoms may last an afternoon or continue for several days after treatment. You can expect the period of relief to last longer as the course of treatment progresses. As the effects of treatment wear off it is best to reschedule your next acupuncture visit before symptoms return so that we can build on the results until the relief is continuous.
*Note- Rarely symptoms may get worse after acupuncture. This will usually last less than 24 hours and is often followed by significant symptom relief.

Oriental Medicine has a cumulative effect just like exercise or meditation. You would not expect to get in shape after one great workout nor can you expect a quick fix with Oriental Medicine. As a rule, the more severe a problem is the more often you should come in. That may mean coming 1 or 2 or 3 times a week initially and then tampering off as symptoms improve. Frequency of visits can be adjusted according to your needs and ability to come in for treatments.

While some people may feel relief after one treatment others may not see a change until after 10 or 12 visits. New or acute aliments usually respond faster to treatment than chronic or long-term issues. A general rule of thumb is to expect a month of regular treatment for each year you have had a condition. Some people suffering from chronic or terminal illness may not ever be completely symptom free. However find regular visits help slow the progression of disease and help to improve quality of life, reducing the negative impacts of their disease.
It is essential you listen to your body and make adjustments to your own lifestyle habits. Be patient and pay attention to your general state of being. Your treatments may bring benefits beyond symptom relief such as improved sense of well-being, joy, peace, stress management, and improved sleep. We can re-evaluate your treatment plan as needed to make sure that you are getting the most from your acupuncture experience.