acupuncture in berkeley

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture uses fine needles at key points on the body to stimulate its natural healing abilities. Pain is diminished, vitality is enhanced, and body functioning is improved.

Sessions may also include counseling in basic lifestyle and dietary matters. In some cases, Chinese herbs may be prescribed. Herbal medicines are available in pill, powder and raw form to suit a variety of needs.

Acupuncture, like many other Asian healing modalities, recognizes a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. This energy is called qi. This qi travels through channels that are known as meridians.

In this system of thought, disease is caused when the free-flow of energy in the energy system is blocked or out of balance. Blockages have a number of possible causes including stress or emotional upset, injury or overwork.

Using a variety of sophisticated diagnostic tools including pulse diagnosis and a detailed interview and exam, the practitioner determines a treatment protocol that addresses the patient’s symptoms and patterns of disharmony. The treatment plan will include some combination of acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, exercise and dietary recommendations. The goal of treatment is to bring the person’s system back into balance, allowing the body, mind and emotions to heal.

Some Conditions That Respond Well to Chinese Medicine

  • Pain-- arm, shoulder,hip, neck, back, foot, joint, knee, hand, bursitis, neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, injuries, arthritis
  • Fatigue-- from various causes
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Respiratory-- colds, sinus and bronchial problems, asthma
  • Detoxification and Healing from Chemical Dependency-- in conjunction with other therapies
  • Women’s Health Issues-- PMS, irregular and painful menstruation, fertility issues, pregnancy support
  • Urogenital Disorders
  • Emotional and Neurological Disorders-- mild to moderate depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, dizziness, nervousness
  • Health Maintenance and Immune System Support

What to Expect From an Acupuncture Session

The initial session begins with a thorough investigation of the patient’s condition. Aspects of the diagnostic procedure include; examining the patient, including the tongue, asking a variety of questions about many bodily processes (for example, sleep, energy and digestion), and feeling the pulse.

After careful attention to all of these matters, Pam makes a diagnosis and selects points based on the patient’s unique constitution and condition.

During the treatment, the patient rests in a comfortable room. The points are cleaned and fine needles are inserted. All needles are sterile and disposable. Discomfort is minimal.

Pam then leaves the patient to relax for 20-30 minutes. After the session, Pam shares the results of her examination and analysis. Together, if desired, they work out a plan to move the patient’s healing forward every day. This plan could include herbs, dietary changes, supplements, or self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu.