Classical Chinese Medicine, Medical Astrology, Dreamwork
Acupuncture is a holistic form of medicine that is over 3,000 years old and originated in China. Acupuncture works by balancing the body's natural flow of Qi (vital energy). Its principles are widely based on the laws of nature. This system of healing allows the body to maintain natural homeostasis and promote its own natural healing.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
Healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. One or two sessions are not enough to achieve a goal. The less gap between the treatments you have in the beginning, the better cumulative result will be achieved. During an initial consultation we will discuss and create a treatment plan which aligns with your health goals. You may be asked to return on a weekly- basis until a foundational change is underway. You may be prescribed an herbal formula or a specific instructions for diet, exercise or other activities. Your participation and commitment are required in the healing process! If you expect a healthcare provider to "fix" you in several sessions, not participating in the process, it will never happen, and this healing modality is not for you.
Getting the most out of a treatment:
· Please show up on time
· Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
· Wear loose, comfortable clothes
· Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with a Chinese Medicine practitioner
· Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after a treatment
· Follow your treatment plan between visits
· Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and a Chinese Medicine practitioner can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
There is a notion in Chinese Medicine that a type of life force, or energy, known as Qi, flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to a certain organ, which governs particular bodily functions. A proper flow of Qi is essential for health and wellness. An imbalance of Qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) can lead to a disease.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can, therefore, help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in the body which cause health problems. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. Improved energy and biochemical balance, produced by acupuncture, result in stimulating body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What are primary benefits of acupuncture?
• Increasing energy and vitality
• Enhancing immune function
• Promoting healthy digestive function
• Maintaining emotional balance
• Balancing hormonal levels
• Controlling addictions
• Regulating sleep patterns
• Reducing stress
How many treatments will I need?
A number of treatments required will depend on duration, severity, and nature of each health issue. Each person is unique and responds to acupuncture treatments in a different way. In certain cases, patients might report an initial increase in symptoms before noticing improvement, as blockages begin to move, and the body begins to discharge layers of both emotional and physical stagnation. This phenomena is known in holistic medicine as a "healing crisis". In general, acute conditions require fewer treatments, and some chronic or degenerative conditions may require more treatments over time.
What problems can be treated with Acupuncture?
Conditions treated by acupuncture include, but are by no means limited to the following groups:
Low Back Pain
Sprains and strain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic and acute conditions
Mental and Emotional Imbalances
Reproductive Health & Gynecological Disorders
Malposition of the fetus in pregnancy
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Allergies & Sinus Congestion
Common cold and flu
Nausea and vomiting
Pituitary Gland Disorders
Menstrual problems and concerns
What can you experience during an acupuncture treatment?
People experience acupuncture differently. Most feel a pinch like sensation or nothing at all as the needles are inserted. However, an experience may be different for hypersensitive individuals and for those on certain medications.
During a session you may experience what we call a “Qi sensation”, such as heaviness at the insertion site or the whole limb, a feeling of distention in the area, numbness, warmth or the feeling of something (Qi, energy) traveling up and down your whole body or parts of it. You may experience one or more of these sensations at arbitrary times during the treatment and in areas where no needles have been inserted.
What kinds of needles are used?
The needles are solid, extremely fine and stainless steel. To minimize the risk of infection and transmission of disease, the needles are sterile, individually packed and one-use only disposable.
How does an acupuncture treatment performed by a licensed acupuncturist differ from a medical acupuncture performed by medical doctors or chiropractors?
Licensed acupuncturists, like Yelena Katsen, have more than 3000 hours of training in famous acupuncture schools, receiving a Master Degree in it, and then constantly improve their skills studying with famous masters and teachers of acupuncture and herbology.
Many states allow physicians, chiropractors, physician’s assistants, physical therapists and dentists to practice acupuncture without attaining acupuncture schools. Very often their training is online through video courses! Would you like to be treated by "such professionals"?