Acupuncture 101

various modalities of treatment

Chinese medicine encompasses not only acupuncture, but also tui na, moxibustion, cupping, external liniments, and internal herbs. It has over 4000 years of evidence-based support for its effectiveness. If needles make you nervous, there are other powerful means of treatment within Chinese medicine. Many symptoms, diseases, and injuries can be reduced or even eliminated with Chinese medicine, but not all who needle are educated or experienced adequately.

Here are some of the most common issues Christine sees:

  • Ankle pain, swelling
  • Anxiety
  • Back and/or hip pain, sciatica, pinched disks
  • Cancer treatment side effects (nausea, decreased kidney & liver function)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue
  • Circulatory problems
  • Common cold
  • Complications from diabetes (neuropathy, edema, sores)
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders (nausea, IBS, reflux)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot pain (plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma)
  • Grief
  • Heart beat irregularities
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal polyps
  • Knee pain, swelling, Grade 1 & 2 tears of ACL or MCL, torn meniscus
  • Nausea, irritable bowel, other digestive disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Respiratory issues (allergies, asthma, bronchitis)
  • Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears
  • Weak immune system
  • And more

From getting a patient’s chronic pain down from a 10/10  to a 3/10 or even a 0/10 with regular treatments, to speeding recovery, Chinese medicine and acupuncture get results. Call us at 843-790-4618 to schedule! The best time to begin is now.

And remember,–
Just because it’s USUAL for you and you’ve become ACCUSTOMED to dealing with it, doesn’t mean it’s NORMAL and HEALTHY, nor does it mean that it has to be permanent! Many times, issues that have not responded well to Western medicine respond very well to Chinese medicine.

Please read over these Instructions for Patient Visits information so that you know what to expect, are dressed properly, and can get the most from our time together.

NOTE that SC law only requires M.D.s who practice acupuncture in SC to have 300 hours of training, some of which can be done on DVD or online with only a quiz. That’s just too little for an MD to understand Chinese medical theory. Physical Therapists only have to have 16 hours of training and a short quiz to become certified in dry needling. This results in a much higher incidence of unintended injury in practice (e.g. pneumothorax, needle shock). Look for the L.Ac. and the Dipl.Ac. after the practitioner’s name as evidence of years instead of only weekends of training in Chinese medicine and needling.