I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and have been in practice as an acupuncturist since graduating from the Tai Sophia Institute in Columbia, MD, in 2009. For the past decade, in addition to my private practice, I have worked in various collaborative healthcare settings, including my current employment as an acupuncturist in the Department of Integrative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. In this role,
In my role as a private practice acupuncturist, I continue to follow my passion for working in the field of addictions and care for those experiencing mental health challenges such as trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief resolution. I remain committed to my own personal growth and development, intentionally practicing Nonviolent Communications and Psych-K, in order to better facilitate the healing for each and every person I encounter, personally and professionally.
The answer is yes and no. The sensation of a needle going into the skin may feel like a mosquito bite or a small pinch. Sometimes there is a sensation of tingling, warmth, coolness or heaviness both at the site of insertion as well as radiating out from the point as the Qi (energy) travels throughout one’s body. Many styles of traditional acupuncture consider the Qi sensation a prerequisite to effective treatment, although not everyone senses this feeling on every point.
Acupuncture can augment and assist with most, if not all, treatment modalities—Eastern and Western. In fact, more and more scientific and clinical studies prove the benefits of acupuncture. Many people find they can reduce the amount of medication, improve immunity, reduce pain, and gain greater ease in their bodies. It is important to remember, however, not to make any adjustments to your medication or treatment regimen without first discussing it with your medical doctor.