Dr. Valentin’s philosophy suggests that optimal health is attained through exercise, nutrition and the proper balance of the body’s own healing energy called Qi (pronounced: “chee” in China).  Acupuncture is one of the natural modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to focus, tonify, detoxify and invigorate the body’s Qi. 

Do the Acupuncture needles hurt?  No.  Injection Needles used in hospitals and doctor’s offices have hollow cutting edge tips.  The Acupuncturist uses fine, blunt tip Acupuncture needles that push apart the skin, not cut or slice open the skin.  Most needle insertions in tender areas of the body may experience a slight prick which quickly subsides to numbness, achiness or slight tingling, but not pain.  

What is Acupuncture Good For?  The short answer is everything.  Acupuncture is very effective for all conditions, as a preventative medicine, and as a great way to boost the immune system.  Acupuncture is also the best alternative to the side-effects of drugs and antibiotics used today.  With longer lasting success, Acupuncture helps to restore the body’s own natural healing process.  The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders from scientific studies proving Acupuncture’s effectiveness. 

Acupuncture can help with: Addictions– Opioids, tobacco, alcohol, sugar; Pain– Headaches, migraines, joint pain, earaches, chronic illnesses, traumatic injuries; Stress– Insomnia, anxiety, memory loss, depression; Recovery– From illness, post-surgery, and side-effects of Cancer and AIDS treatments; Sexual problems– Infertility, erectile dysfunction, libido, urinary issues; Immune disorders– Digestive issues, detoxifying, cold and flu prevention, and recovery; Respiratory issues– Cough, COPD, asthma, bronchitis; Overall health and much more…

How many needles are used and how many visits are needed?  Usually three to twelve points are used depending on the problem being addressed.  The number of visits depend on the type, onset, and duration of the imbalance, diet, lifestyle choices, or congenital factors.  Usually, three treatments for simple patterns is standard.  For chronic, deeply rooted, or complicated conditions, more may be required.  The practitioner will give you some idea on your first visit.

What happens in a consultation?  The first visit lasts about one hour.  The doctor views the human body as a system of energy flows.  When these flows are balanced, the body is healthy.  Questions are asked about your health and your face, pulse and tongue are examined to diagnose the energy imbalances.

After determining the nature of your complaint, a diagnosis and a plan is made in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where illness is not defined by symptoms or the names of disease like “the Flu” or “Diabetes”.  Instead, energy imbalances are described as “Stomach Yin deficiency”, “Spleen Qi vacuity” or “Liver Fire rising.”  The Chinese words Yin and Yang refer to opposing energies that should be in balance, and Qi is translated as energy or life force that should be in constant motion or flow.

What happens during treatment?  Very thin needles are inserted at selected points while you relax or take a nap, while recordings of ocean waves or music plays.

What happens on return visits?  Subsequent consultations will start with a few questions and a brief re-examination to determine your progress, followed by treatment lasting about 15-25 minutes. 

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