Welcome to our Chinese
Medical Clinic Spring of Health
Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine is especially effective in the treating and relief of tendonitis,
sports injuries, work and occupational injuries, carpal tunnel, and
chronic pain. Other conditions that can benefit from acupuncture are
allergies and sinus problems, PMS, digestive problems, back pain, arthritis,
flues and common colds.The following are suggestions on how you can
maximize the benefits from our acupuncture and herbal treatments. We
appreciate any suggestions or feedback on how we can make your experience
in our office more comfortable.
To Get the Best Results
From Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture works with the energy in your body.
If your energy is balanced the acupuncture can best direct it. On the
other hand, if you arrive to your acupuncture treatment with imbalanced
energy, the treatment will be less effective. Here are some recommendations
on how you can increase treatment effectiveness: Please wear loose fitting
clothing that can be folded above the knee and elbow without blocking
your blood circulation. Come to treatment neither hungry nor with a
full stomach. If you are hungry just before treatment, eat a light meal.
Or if you have eaten a full meal, wait a minimum of one hour before
Avoid extreme physical,
emotional, and mental activities a few hours before and after treatments.
Avoid taking hot baths a few hours before and after treatments. Taking
a hot bath makes your skin sweat, which drains your energy. Abstain
from the use of alcohol or recreational drugs.
Your First Appointment
Allow 1.5 hours for your
first appointment. (Subsequent visits will last one hour.) During this
time we will go over your intake form and review your health history,
discuss your life style and your reason for coming.
The Intake Form
Chinese medicine, this form is different
from those used in Western medicine. For example, we ask questions about
your sleep, diet, stress level, emotions and so on. Also, the practitioner
may ask to look at your tongue and feel your pulse. If you have pain,
he or she will ask you to point to the exact spot where it hurts and
to rate the intensity of the pain on a scale of 1-10. You may also be
asked which emotion, if any, you experience more than all others. The
practitioner then assembles the information into one inclusive picture.
This process is parallel to putting a puzzle together where each piece
of information contributes to the overall picture.
on that overview, the practitioner is able to diagnose the origin of
the imbalance. A treatment plan, which may include acupuncture and herbs,
can then be devised along with recommendations for life style and diet
changes that are designed to speed your recovery process.
main benefit is to regulate the energy in the
body. For example, pain in the body indicates blocked energy. Acupuncture
is very effective in removing the blocked energy. When you enter the
treatment room, you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks, and
to lie on the massage table on your back.
practitioner will adjust your clothing to expose your legs up to the
knee and your arms up to the elbows.
Then the acupuncturist will
insert a few very thin needles (about as thin as a hair) in the acupuncture
The depth of the insertion depends on the muscle thickness of the area
where the needle will go.
For example, the insertion
in the hands is shallow when compared with the thigh. You may feel different
sensations as the needles are being inserted. Some people report feeling
a tingling or electric sensation, a slight prick, or pressure (or sensation)
in another area of the body.
sensation is often subtle, but occasionally can feel sharp or strong.
After less than a minute these initial sensations fade and you will
be able to completely relax. The needles are left in the body for 30
to 40 minutes.
A combination of acupuncture
and electricity is a relatively new addition to the repertoire of treatments
that Chinese medicine provides. This treatment is done by first inserting
needles into the body, then hooking the needles to very low voltage
electrical wires. This technique is often used for healing tendon, muscle,
and bone injuries. Another famous use for electrical acupuncture consists
of numbing a specific area of the body to assist in surgery. In the
West it has mainly been used in numbing the teeth during dental work.
There are also other electrical tools that can be used independently
of acupuncture to stimulate the energy flow in the body. The acupuncture
treatments that use electrical stimulation feel like tingling or muscle
twitching that comes in waves of sensation. The electrical equipment
allows the acupuncturist to adjust the strength and intervals of the
electrical impulses to the needs of the client.
treatment you may experience lightheadedness. If this happens, please
inform one of our staff members. Even if you feel fine after a treatment,
we recommend that you take a few minutes in our waiting room to relax
before leaving our office. It is recommended that you plan for a few
hours of easy relaxation after your treatment. The energy that is put
in motion by the acupuncture treatment will continue to move and change
in your body. You may experience some aches, twitching, tiredness, hunger
or other sensations. This is perfectly normal, and may continue for
Treatment is most effective when the energy is allowed to move as it
needs to without the demands of hard physical work, emotional or mental
stress. Even eating a large meal or taking a hot tub is not recommended
right after treatment, as these activities are energy-consuming and
reduce the treatment’s effectiveness.
Acupuncture needles may occasionally create a small bruise.
Your Own Healing Process
Medicine’s perspective is that life style
and diet are the cornerstone of health. I will recommend a life
style and diet change that will help balance and improve your health.
During an acupuncture treatment I will encourage you to participate
by communicating with me how you are feeling, what is working for you
and what is not, so that with time we learn how to work in a cooperative
and harmonious way.
The Web That Has
No Weaver, by Ted J. Kaptchuk, O.M.D. This book gives an overview
of Chinese Medicine and its strengths and weaknesses when compared with
Western Medicine. The book is written for lay people and acupuncturists,
and some sections are a bit technical.
Healing with Whole
Foods, by Paul Pitchford. This book explains the main concepts
of Chinese Medicine and provides the reader with a wealth of information
on how food may be used as medicine, from an Eastern perspective.
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Treatment and Relief of Tendonitis, Sports Injuries, Work Injuries,
Carpal Tunnel, Chronic Pain, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Capitola, Aptos,
Soquel, Scotts Valley, Monterey, Seaside, Marina, Salinas, Santa Clara,
Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino, Sunnyvale