Why Does My Acupuncturist Ask So Many Questions?

Acupuncture in the Park

Dear Acupuncture in the Park:

Why do you guys ask so many questions? Some of your questions are unrelated to what brought me in to see you in the first place. My Western doctor doesn’t do that. What’s up?

Sincerely,

Curious Acupuncture Patient

 

Dear Curious:

That’s a great question! As practitioners of Chinese . . . → Read More: Why Does My Acupuncturist Ask So Many Questions?

My Friend Tried Acupuncture Once

Minneapolis Acupuncture Clinic

Every once in a while, I’ll come across someone who, in talking about acupuncture, will tell me that they had a friend or a family member who tried acupuncture once—as in one time—and it didn’t work.  I’m always amazed and curious as to what that one-timer was thinking.  Did they think acupuncture was a . . . → Read More: My Friend Tried Acupuncture Once

More Than One Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture in the Park

My goal for my acupuncture patients is the same as theirs–to help them feel better as quickly as possible. However, from time to time, I will see a patient who comes in for a first acupuncture treatment expecting that all of their health issues will be resolved after that one session on the table. . . . → Read More: More Than One Acupuncture Treatment

Does Acupuncture Work?

Chinese medicine for gastroparesis

Score one for acupuncture! In a newly published review of over two dozen studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture, researchers concluded that acupuncture worked better than usual pain treatments for chronic headaches, back pain, and arthritis.

This analysis of previous research involved almost 18,000 people who rated their pain on a scale of 1 . . . → Read More: Does Acupuncture Work?

Community Clinics Versus Private Style Acupuncture

Community and Private Acupuncture Clinics

I spent yesterday morning performing acupuncture at the Minnesota Stand Down event for homeless veterans. Some local acupuncturists pulled together and set up a community style clinic to offer acupuncture to any veterans who wanted a treatment. We treated dozens of men and women during the time I was there, and volunteers continued to . . . → Read More: Community Clinics Versus Private Style Acupuncture

Six Reasons You Need Acupuncture Maintenance

Six benefits of acupuncture for health maintenance

 You do it with your dentist, car mechanic, and doctor.  Pet owners do it for their animal companions.  And around the house, many people do it for their furnace, roof, and even their pool.  You should be doing it with your acupuncturist, too.  What is it?  Regular maintenance visits.

Why should you be having . . . → Read More: Six Reasons You Need Acupuncture Maintenance

Chinese Medicine and Self Care for Seasonal Allergies

Chinese medicine for seasonal allergies

During certain times of the year, I see an increase in patients who are suffering from similar conditions.  In the late fall, I tend to see more patients who are struggling with seasonal depression, and around the holidays I see an increase of patients coming to acupuncture to be treated for stress.  I also . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Self Care for Seasonal Allergies

How Your Acupuncturist Chooses Points

How your acupuncturist chooses points

 I am frequently asked by my patients how I decide which acupuncture points to use during their treatment. It’s a complicated process, but the first thing to know is that all acupuncture points work like “on and off ramps” to your body’s energetic pathways. By needling into various points, your practitioner can access both . . . → Read More: How Your Acupuncturist Chooses Points

The Healing Modalities of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and moxabusion

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them that I’m an acupuncturist.  This is a half-truth, as I am really a practitioner of Chinese medicine.  To most people, this may feel like nit picking, but in reality there is a big difference.  That’s because acupuncture is only one method . . . → Read More: The Healing Modalities of Chinese Medicine

What Your Symptoms Mean to Your Acupuncturist

If you visit an acupuncturist for a specific symptom, you might be surprised to be asked all kinds of questions that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with what brought you in.  In fact, you may become impatient as your practitioner asks you about your digestion when you’re there to be treated for acne.  What’s . . . → Read More: What Your Symptoms Mean to an Acupuncturist