Frequently Asked Questions
“Are The Needles Sterile?”
As denoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat the following conditions:
"What is the difference between Traditional Chinese Style Acupuncture and Japanese Style Acupuncture?"
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture utilizes sterile needles, adjunctive therapeutic techniques and natural herbs to address the condition in question. This style also employs the evaluation process of pulse taking, tongue mapping, and clinical observation techniques to establish an individualistic and evaluate a plan of care. The needling technique tends to be done by hand and can involve safe needle manipulation techniques. Japanese Style Acupuncture utilizes sterile needles also but they are located in guide tubes. Your practitioner will place the tube over the acupuncture point and gently tap the needle into the skin. The evaluative process does include clinical observations and pule taking but does not include tongue mapping. Instead, the Japanese Style uses abdominal palpation to paint a clear clinical picture due to the fact the style was used primarily by blind practitioners in japan. Touch is the primary sense utilized by your practitioners who practice this style of acupuncture.
"Do your practitioners practice any non-insertive techniques for children or people who may be needle phobic?"
Yes, they do. Due to the importance of patient conformability held by our practitioners, they have been instructed in Shonishin, a Japanese style of non-insertive acupuncture based on the Toyohari Acupuncture style from Japan. A variety of small metal tools are used lightly on the surface of the skin in a brushing or sustaining movement. For a demonstration, contact us anytime.
"How does Modern Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine become integrated by your practitioners?"
Our complementary medicine services successfully integrates Traditional Western Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration treatments with Japanese style non-insertive needle techniques and distinctively unique herbal formulas to create and individualized treatment plan for children and adults of all ages. Pediatric, Women's health, and work injury knowledge are our specialties and your family's health and well-being is our one focus. We encourage open consistent communication between knowledgeable health practitioners and your western medicine primary care health team so you and your family benefit the most from you family's medical providers.