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What does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consist of?

The history of TCM is more than 3,000 years old and is still used as a daily regimen in China today. Its modalities include acupuncture, herbal medicine (prepared as teas, pills, powders, liniments and exterior washes), moxibustion, cupping, guasha, electric stimulation, massage, nutritional counseling and martial or meditative arts (Tai Chi and Qigong).

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be practiced in various ways around the world, but in the U.S. it includes the insertion of sterile individually packaged stainless steel needles along multiple meridians in your body. Meridians are described as pathways where vital energy called Qi (“chee”) can flow and circulate, encompassing all depths of the human form. Qi exists everywhere, in every cell, and its purpose is to provide all living objects the power to grow, move, maintain body temperature, and protect us from disease. It does so by creating a balance between the intimate forces of yin and yang. Qi can be disrupted in many ways, including diet, emotions, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, and changes in the seasons. When its flow is obstructed, nourishment is diminished and the body becomes weak, which may lead to pain, illness, or disease. In the Western concepts of neuroscience, acupuncture has shown to produce endorphins the body’s natural painkiller, while also increasing blood circulation and decreasing inflammation. Utilizing acupuncture for numerous ailments can assist your body to naturally return to a state of homeostasis and good health.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Depending on the sensitivity of the person, one may or may not feel the very thin needles as they penetrate the skin. Full body acupuncture should not hurt or have a quality of sharpness, and the patient will feel little to no pain. The response to acupuncture varies among people and may consist of a heavy or dull pressure, numbness, aching, warming, or tingling sensations. Sometimes the patient may feel waves, which means that qi is moving. In other cases, such as weakness or qi deficiency, the patient may not feel much at all. Occasionally swelling or bruising may occur, but applying pressure and an ice pack for 10-15 minutes should help. It will not negatively affect the outcome of your treatment. Please inform your practitioner if you are experiencing faintness or discomfort at any time. Following a thorough consultation (including pulse and tongue diagnosis, symptoms an signs, physical examination), an acupuncture session can last 20-45 minutes in order to balance yin and yang and restore energy within the body. During this time, it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep. It is normal to feel the relaxing effects of the treatment after the needles have been removed and many people look forward to sessions because the symptoms, along with their spirit, have improved.

What is The Balance Method™?

The Balance Method TM was developed by Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, who has devoted his life’s work towards revolutionizing acupuncture. His techniques produce immediate results, especially in regard to treating pain. The main difference between this method and other forms of acupuncture is that the corresponding body part is needled and not the affected area (i.e. the knee for elbow pain, ankle for wrist pain). This allows the patient to move the affected area and communicate characteristics to the practitioner while the needles are in. It is applicable for acute or chronic pain and is unlikely to cause soreness post-treatment.  His point combinations can also be used for internal conditions, such as respiratory issues, gastrointestinal, hormonal balancing, gynecological and emotional issues.

What are commonly treated conditions?

Kim Nguyen, L.Ac. has had success in treating the following conditions:

  • Muscle, joint and tendon pain, arthritis, sciatica
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Common Cold/Allergies/Flu
  • Menopausal Syndrome
  • Irregular Menstruation and other Gynecological issues
  • Infertility, Preparation for Pregnancy
  • Anxiety/Stress/Emotional Issues
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension

In addition, acupuncture may be helpful for unique and stubborn cases, as it is fundamental to take a holistic approach in order to restore balance and well-being.

What can Acupuncture Treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) lists other conditions that acupuncture may help, including: Internal-asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, diabetes, hepatitis, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hiccup, incontinence Musculo-skeletal-pain, arthritis, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, facial palsy, headache, toothache, sprains Head-blurry vision, deafness, earaches, hay fever, rhinitis, sinusitis, dizziness, sore throat Other-premenstrual syndrome, urinary tract infection, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, nausea and vomiting.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Using herbal medicine with regular acupuncture treatments increases the efficacy and prolongs the benefits associated with Chinese Medicine. With acupuncture, an external force is applied to balance the body’s energy, but herbal medicine provides supplementary aid by adjusting one’s internal energies. Each herb contains natural substances that function to strengthen the various systems of the body, or to unblock stagnation when deemed necessary. Although science has done extensive research on these products alone, it is their combined effect in traditional formulas that produces the desired outcome based upon the diagnosis and treatment principle of the practitioner. Taken on a daily basis, Chinese herbal medicine can also help with health maintenance and prevention. Common side effects may include stomach upset or diarrhea, and in such cases you should contact your practitioner immediately.

 

Patient Instructions

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.
An Acknowledgement/Consent Form and Screening Survey will be sent via email 24 hours before your appointment(s). *Please notify me if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive within 14 days of your last visit.*

Arrive a few minutes before your appointment to avoid traffic in the waiting area. Please use the link provided in the reminder text to check in for your appointment.

Everyone entering the building will have a touchless thermometer reading before coming into the treatment room. A temperature of under 100°F is required. You may want to check your temperature on the day of your appointment.

It is required that everyone wears a mask to their appointment, for the duration of the treatment. If you do not have one, I will provide one for you. If you do not want to wear a mask or have a condition that makes it difficult for you to wear one, please do not expect to be treated. If I need to see your tongue for diagnosis, I will ask you to remove the mask briefly. (If there is someone accompanying the patient s/he must also wear a mask while indoors)

Patients will be required to wash/sanitize their hands before the treatment, or use hand sanitizer.

All payment is contactless, and therefore a credit card in your account will be required to make your appointment online. The transaction will be processed during or after your treatment and you will receive a receipt via email. Otherwise, a check for $85 payable to Kim Nguyen, L.Ac. can be accepted pre-treatment.
All new patients will have a virtual consultation prior to receiving their first treatment. Established patients are recommended to schedule a virtual consultation if they need to address a new condition (i.e. acute pain or injury) or reevaluate and discuss her/his treatment plan.

Tips:

★ Leave your personal belongings in your car and bring only necessary items.
★ You will have time to change if needed but I will not be providing any linens at this time. Please prepare to expose knees and elbows during the treatment if possible.
★ Stay hydrated before and after your treatment. I will have water available at your request.
★ Speak up-If you would like me to wear gloves during your treatment I am glad to do so. I will continue to wash my hands before and after each patient.

Cleaning Procedures

Air Purified rooms (with HEPA Filter and UV-C power)
Armchairs will have vinyl coverings and paper in order to be wiped down after every patient like the treatment tables.

After each treatment, pillow covers, furniture, heat lamps, door knobs, call buttons and light switches will be wiped down with 70% alcohol or a disinfectant spray.

Multiple times a day the common areas including desktops, keyboards, bathroom sink, faucets, etc. will be disinfected.

I will continue to wash my hands before and after every patient, while wearing a surgical mask/N95 and face shield in the office. I will be wearing gloves while cleaning/disinfecting.
I will stay home if I feel ill in any way, and ask that you do the same. All cancellation fees will be waived pertaining to COVID-19.

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