the Acupuncture and Wellness Center, Dr. Shu offers an integrative
approach to improving healthy well-being and offers the following
services. Please click on the links for definitions
of these services:
Medical Qi Gong
and Qi Gong Classes
Medical Energy Massage)
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Hot Rock Therapy
therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all
living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. These
services affect a number of conditions. See Treatments.
Medicine (also visit www.aaom.org)
whole system of medicine that integrates many therapies, and is
applied by practitioners to treat illness and disease. Of these
therapies, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology are the most popular
in the United States. Some additional therapies include: diet, nutrition
and lifestyle counseling, as well as Tai Qi, Qi Gong (physical exercise),
and Tui ‘na (manual therapies).
Medicine acknowledges the vital life force that flows through all
things. This force, which is called “Qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) or
energy, flows along pathways in the human body. These pathways are
related to the organs, the muscular system and the nervous system.
When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor
diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental
factors or excessive emotional issues, illness results. Oriental
Medicine focuses on correcting these imbalances, stimulating the
body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture accesses the body’s Qi (’chee’) or vital energy through
acupuncture points that lie along 14 invisible energy lines known
as meridians on your body. Each meridian is associated with a particular
physiological system and internal organ. An imbalance in the flow
of Qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
The acupuncturist inserts very fine needles (finer than the ones
used for injections) into 5 to 15 points and leaves them in place
for 20 to 30 minutes. The needles interrupt an unhealthy or stagnant
Qi flow. The body’s natural desire to heal itself acts to restore
the Qi flow to harmony. Many patients feel some relief immediately.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
patients feel a slight sting or pinch upon insertion of the needle.
The needles do not hurt once in place, but patients often feel a
slight electrical tingle or a feeling of warmth or fullness in the
Acupuncture and Chinese herbology are safe medical procedures and
are well known for their efficacy and lack of side effects when
administered by a qualified practitioner. Most practitioners use
sterilized disposable needles when administering an acupuncture
Before Your Visit
Remember to avoid food and beverages (except water) for 30 minutes
prior to your visit. On your appointment day, avoid caffeine, tobacco,
and artificially colored beverages. These substances can mask health-related
changes in the color of the tongue and artificially alter your blood
pressure and pulse rate.
Drink plenty of water after acupuncture. The procedures stimulate
a healthy release of toxins from muscle tissue and glands. Drinking
more water than usual helps you flush out this waste material. Take
a hot bath or shower within a few hours after acupuncture. Five
to ten minutes of heat helps “set” the healthy shifts in your Qi
Acupuncutre and other therapies may be covered by your insurance.
However, you should check with your insurer before you start treatment
to see whether acupuncture and other services offered by Dr. Shu
will be covered for your condition and, if so, to what extent. Some
insurance plans require preauthorization of acupuncture services.