BLUESTONE ACUPUNCTURE, PLLC
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
What does it treat?

Addictions (alcohol, drug, smoking)

Anxiety

Arthritis

Asthma

Back pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Common cold/flu symptoms

Dental pain

Depressive symptoms

Diarrhea

Digestive problems

Dizziness

Facial palsy/tics

Fatigue

Fertility issues

Fibromyalgia

Headache

Incontinence

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Menopausal symptoms

Menstrual irregularities

Migraines

Morning Sickness

Nausea

Osteoarthritis

Pain

PMS symptoms

Sciatica

Shoulder pain

Sinus problems

Sleep disturbances

Stress

Tennis elbow

Trigeminal neuralgia

Wrist pain

(NCCIH Pub No. D404. Dec. 2007. Acupuncture: In Depth.)


ACUPUNCTURE 

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What does it feel like?


Some people feel nothing at all during needle insertion. Acupuncture should be relatively painless.  If you do feel anything, it is like a single hair being pulled with a tweezer.   After the needle is inserted, you may feel pressure, as if the practitioners hand is still there, or tingling.  A sensation of tingling up or down the arm or leg is normal, and indicates that the needles are moving the body's energy, or qi. 

What happens during a treatment?

The practitioner will have questions about your sleep, digestion, pain, stress, and symptoms.  They will take your pulse on both hands, look at your tongue, and palpate different areas of the body.  You will remove your socks and shoes, and make yourself comfortable on the table.  The practitioner will choose points, swab them with alcohol, and apply needles.  Most people fall asleep during treatment, as the rooms are warm and comfortable, with soft music.  After needles are removed, the practitioner may use cupping or do bodywork, depending on the condition you are seeking treatment for. 


How long does a treatment last?

Your first session will take 75-80 minutes, a follow-up appointment will be approximately an hour.

Are there side effects from acupuncture?

Very few.  The most common one is a small bruise at the site of a needle insertion.  It is possible but much less common to have tingling or numbness at the site of a needle insertion, or a localized infection at needle insertion site.    The risk of any side effects can be minimized by always telling your practitioner what medications your are on, and if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
You can find more information at: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction



CHINESE HERBS
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What do they treat?

Herbs can be used to treat all the medical issues listed to the right, and many more.  Using them can be thought of as a way to reinforce the changes in your body that the needles make, except you can take them every day!

What are Chinese Herbs?

Many are normal everyday foods and spices, like sweet potato, cinnamon, or nutmeg.  The majority are the flowers, stems, roots or tubers of plants.  Some are minerals, or shells, like pearls, and a few are sourced from animal products.  Bluestone Acupuncture makes every attempt to source its herbs and products responsibly, and does not prescribe any formulas containing rare or endangered animals or plants. 

Do they taste bad?

Patent herbs are compressed into small round pills, and have little to no flavor. Raw or granule formulas can have much stronger flavors, depending on the ingredients.  Fortunately, if the taste is too much for you, the formula can be made into capsules.

How expensive are they?

A patent formula ranges between $10 and $20, while a custom granule formula ranges between $25 and $40, depending on what herbs are needed, and the quantity.  Some herbs are more rare and expensive than others. 

What if you have food allergies or sensitivities?

It is still possible to take herbs, but you may be limited to a custom formula, to ensure that they do not contain any allergens.  If you are diabetic, vegan or vegetarian, or allergic to nuts be sure to tell your practitioner. 
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