ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is an ancient method of Chinese Medical Treatment. Two thousand years ago it was in fact the Emperor’s Medicine. Starting to gain popularity in the modern age, due to its effective and efficient way in treating major chronic symptoms. This unique form of therapy uses thin needles, which are inserted throughout various parts of the human body, with the means of enhancing the body’s innate healing system. The insertion of the Acu needles attain their healing effect by redirecting blood flow to the proper organ system. Chinese Medicine has its own set of diagnoses based on organ imbalances. After the patient has voiced over their major complaints, alongside with pulse and tongue diagnosis, the acupuncturist then is able to form a treatment plan to treat these symptoms. This is done by focusing on re-establishing their organ system balance, through: acupuncture, herbal formulas, and other healing modalities. As a consequence the patient notices improvement in their overall state of well being.
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FIRST TIME PATIENTS

Your first appointment usually lasts about one and one half hours. Initially I ask you to fill out a medical survey form. Reviewing the form, we will discuss your past health and medical history, your lifestyle, your concerns and your goals for treatment. We may also discuss the difference between western and eastern medicine. These conversations are an important part of the diagnostic process. Once this is completed, I will recommend a course of treatment and explain how acupuncture will fit into that course of treatment. I recommend that you wear comfortable, loose clothing with an under garment. Depending on the treatment, you might even remain fully clothed. If you prefer, gowns and linens are always available. In some cases, I will recommend a gown if your particular treatment calls for it. Patients are encouraged to leave plenty of time both before and after their treatment. Rigorous exercise, sexual activities, eating a full meal, and consuming alcohol should be avoided immediately before and after a treatment for at least 1 hour. In many cases, acupuncture will be augmented by other therapies such as cupping, massages, moxibustion, and other modalities of this form of therapy. For first time patients, I will explain the treatment step by step as I proceed. For most people receiving treatment is quite relaxing. When the needle initially penetrates the skin, you will feel a small pinch. After the needle is inserted, I will stimulate it to encourage the arrival of Qi to that acupuncture point. The arrival of Qi may feel similar to a dull or heavy ache, a tingling, a numbing, or an electrical sensation. On rare occasions, the needle sensation may be painful. Please inform me if you feel any discomfort such as a sharp pain. I will adjust the needle and you will be fine. Rarely is there any bleeding from the needle insertion point. How you’ll feel afterwards varies greatly from patient to patient and from session to session. Some treatments may leave you relaxed and energized; others may leave you with a desire to rest.

OUR ACUPUNCTURIST

Carlos A. Alea A.P. D.O.M.

Carlos A. Alea educational experience has gain him a Bachelors in Health Science and a Masters in Oriental Medicine at Acupuncture Massage College. He’s trained in diagnosing and treating patterns according to Oriental Medicine, prescribing herbal and homeopathic formulas as well as applying different modalities of treatments (including Auricular Therapy, Acupoint Injection Therapy, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tuina, Laser Therapy, Electro-Acupuncture, and Guasha). During patient treatment, Carlos makes it a point to maintain an environment that makes patients feel safe and comfortable and applies only what is necessary to treat most conditions.
Throughout his years of studies, Carlos had the amazing opportunity to travel and do his internship in Shanghai, China at Shuguang Hospital in order to attain experience at the epicenter of where Oriental Medicine is practice alongside modern medicine. Carlos has attended, and still is actively participating in, conferences that aims to bridge the gap between Allopathic and Oriental Medicine (i.e. Hospital Based Acupuncture, How to be a Barefoot Doctor in the West, American Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Digital Meridian Imaging System). His objective is to educate his patients in lifestyle changes that are preventative in nature towards chronic diseases, release stress, attain relief caused by acute or chronic pain, and provide overall harmony to their health.

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FAQS

How long does a treatment take?
Your initial visit will be about one to one and one half hours which involves a detail interview and evaluation as well as a treatment. Follow-up visits will take approximately 1 hour.
 
How often will I be treated? How many treatments will I need?
How often you need treatment depends on the type of condition, its severity, how long you have had it, and how your body responds to the treatments. 
With our protocol we start you off with 3 acupuncture session, we monitor your progress with each sessions. After the third session we perform another evaluation and are able to determine if this form of treatment is appropriate for the symptom that is being presented at hand. For health maintenance or preventative care, Carlos recommends 4 treatments per season or 12 treatments per year.
 
What should I wear?
We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose clothing with under garments. Treatment gowns are also available. Please avoid wearing any perfume or strongly scented lotion. For facial rejuvenation treatments, please do not wear any make-up.
 
What will a treatment be like? Does it hurt?
Treatments are performed on a massage table. At the beginning of the session, Carlos will first interview then examine you. Examination will most likely involve looking at your tongue, taking your pulse, and palpation depending on your condition. For first time patients, Carlos will explain step by step what he is doing. The average number of needles inserted in the course of a treatment varies from 4 to 20. Most treatments require retaining the needles after insertion for 15 to 30 minutes. Sometimes the needles are removed immediately depending on the specific treatments. For most people receiving treatment is quite relaxing. When the needle initially penetrates the skin, you will feel a small pinch. After the needle is inserted, Carlos will stimulate it to encourage the arrival of Qi to that acupuncture point. The arrival of Qi (pronounced Chee) may feel similar to a dull or heavy ache, a tingling, a numbing, warmth or an electrical sensation. 
 
What is an acupuncture needle?
Acupuncture needles are very fine steel or gold filaments which can easily fit through the opening of a blood drawing needle. The needles are applied in strategic locations to affect a change in the homeostasis of your body. The needles Carlos uses are sterile and disposable. No needles are ever reused even on the same patient. There is no medication on the needles. 
 
How many acupuncture points are there?
There are 359 standard acupuncture body points. There are additional points on the ear and scalp which have their own system of points.
 
Is acupuncture always successful?
No. Not all conditions are appropriate to acupuncture. Not all conditions respond immediately. However, almost all patients do receive benefit from an appropriate course of acupuncture treatments.
 
What conditions are not appropriate for treatment?
Some conditions which are not appropriate for treatment in an outpatient setting include seizure disorders, acute infection, traumatic injury, hemorrhage, malignant tumors, psychosis and myocardial infarction. It is a general recommendation that all patients visit their family physician for a diagnosis prior to treatment.
 
What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion is a heat treatment using the Chinese herb Artemesia vulgaris, commonly known as moxa. Moxa can be burn near the skin at the same energy points that are used with needles. Certain conditions are more responsive to treatment with moxa.
 
What kinds of pulses are taken in acupuncture?
Acupuncture pulses are a qualitative reflection of the six major energy systems of the body. They are taken on both wrists in three locations. The information obtained goes far beyond the heart rate information obtained by conventional Western medicine pulse taking.
 
Do I need to do something to prepare for a treatment? How will I feel afterwards? Can I go right back to work?
Patients are encouraged to leave plenty of time both before and after their treatment. Rigorous exercise, sexual activities, eating a full meal, and consuming alcohol should be avoided immediately before and after a treatment for at least 1 hour.
How one feels afterwards varies greatly from patient to patient and from session to session. Some treatments may leave the patient relaxed and energized; others may leave with a desire to rest.
 
Should I stop seeing my doctor since I am coming for acupuncture?
No, I do not recommend anyone to stop seeing his/her doctor when coming for acupuncture. It is the patients’ responsibility to continue seeking routine standard conventional medical care from their physician(s). Open communication between all practitioners is encouraged in order to give more comprehensive care.