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 What is Acupuncture?

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body develops symptoms of  disharmony as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital life force (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, the treatment encourages your body to return to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. With gentle stimulation, the needles produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heaviness or a vibration that makes them feel as if they are sinking into a state of deep relaxation. Many patients often fall into a dreamy state, and rest deeply for 30 to 45 minutes, even in the mornings!  You may also feel a buzzing sensation moving down the meridian pathways on your limbs. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. The goal is for you to experience both balanced vitality as well as restorative rest, and relief from troubling symptoms for longer periods of time.  I often find that sessions once or twice a week provide these cumulative benefits.  For most gynecological conditions, we recommend weekly sessions for 3 to 4 menstrual cycles to reach our treatment goals.  If you are receiving fertility treatments, we recommend beginning treatments 8 to 12 weeks before your IVF or IUI cycle is scheduled to begin.  But if that's not possible, we will offer you an appropriate treatment schedule to support you during the cycle.  When women conceive, they continue to receive safe, effective acupuncture treatments to support them throughout every stage of pregnancy and the postpartum phase.  Women moving into their "second spring" at mid-life often experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms after 4 to 6 weeks of regular treatments.  Preventative tune-ups and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo more than 3,000 hours of extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy, physiology, and other western medical courses, as well as training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and am licensed by the state of Virginia. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you schedule your initial consultation and treatment session, I will ask you to complete a comprehensive, confidential health history form. The intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, family history, lifestyle habits like sleep and daily diet, and for women, your menstrual history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of East Asian medicine formulates a diagnosis and treatment strategy based on a person's daily lifestyle and experience. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its influence on both our cells and energetic system.

After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition in detail, and I'll give you an opportunity to ask questions. I'll conduct a brief Chinese Medicine diagnostic exam of your pulse and tongue, with abdominal palpation. These are three of the many basic diagnostic tools of Chinese medicine. The acupuncture points I choose to treat will depend on your condition and diagnosis, but approximately 6 to 12 needles will be placed. Once the needles are inserted,  you will be able to rest comfortably for 20 to 30 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and often fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Amenorrhea
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • Diminished Libido 
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Prostate Enlargement
  • Poor Sperm Quality
  • Flushing, Anxiety, Depression,     Insomnia associated with Perimenopause & Menopause

Pain

  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

 

 


 

 

  

Njemile Carol Jones, L.Ac.
Fellow, American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)
Body in Balance Center
1423 Powhatan Street, Suite 7
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-887-3783
info@fertileliving.com

Tuesdays 10 AM to 5 PM
Wednesdays 12 to 7 PM
Fridays 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM
Available Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays by special appointment.