Spirit Healer Acupuncture
Acupuncture:
Acupuncture was first practiced in China over 3,000 years ago and is still recognized as a primary health
therapy.  Acupuncture came to the United States in the early 1970's  after a reporter received treatment
to deal with his post-operative pain from an emergency appendectomy while in China.

Acupuncture is one modality of treatment that comes under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine
as in Tui Na, Herbalism, Tai Chi, nutrition etc.  Acupuncture is backed with a complete theoretical
framework and a diagnostic system of Acupuncture points and meridians that is far different than
Western medicine.  It views the person as an integrated system of mental, emotional and, physical parts
that interact with , and which are effected by, each other.  In other words, when an individual is worked
on, the whole person is worked with while they are assessed, diagnosed and a treatment plan is created.
A person can become ill when any one of these aspects are out of balance.  Acupuncture attempts to
restore balance and promote health.  The primary emphasis of Western medicine is to eliminate disease.  
It tries to control the symptoms, while Acupuncture works to build up the body's own defense to fight the
root cause of the disease.  Then, the symptoms are automatically relieved.  Acupuncture compliments
other therapies such as Western medicine, massage, chiropractic and nutrition.

Acupuncture uses very fine, hair like stainless steel disposable needles, which are inserted into different
points on the body, or just in the ear, depending upon the condition being treated.  The needles stimulate
the brain to release endorphins, the body's own pain relieving chemical.  They also stimulate the "Qi" or
energy of the body, which treats the individual disharmony or root cause of the illness.  The
Acupuncturist chooses specific
                                                                          points for the needles through the many
                                                                          techniques, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis,
                                                                          the patient's medical history, the particular
                                                                          symptoms, touch, voice, smells etc.  Through this
                                                                          thorough diagnosis, the Acupuncturist is able to
                                                                          assess which organ system is out of balance and
                                                                          treat the primary cause of illness/distress.  It is
                                                                          believed that the body's "Qi", or energy, follows
                                                                          certain paths or meridians throughout the body.
                                                                          Consequently, a few needles can be used to
                                                                          balance the energy throughout the body.

There is a long list of conditions which are successfully treated with Acupuncture.  This list is published by
the World Health Organization and includes such things as headaches, sinusitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel
syndrome, TMJ, gynecological problems, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, and
digestive problems.

Other benefits include increased vitality, stress reduction, weight control, stronger immune function, pain
control, and relief from withdrawal symptoms and cravings for cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, and sugar.  
Please feel free to contact Jacque to discuss your personal situation to assess if Acupuncture or some
other treatment could improve your condition.

In her practice, Jacque uses only pre-sterilized and disposable needles.  The needles are used only
once, on one Acupuncture point, and then disposed of immediately.  She may also burn moxa near
certain points, which is an herb that assists in the healing process by helping to remove blocks of energy.
 Moxa comes in many forms such as cigar shaped, smokeless cones, and loose moxa that can be formed
and burned on the shaft of the needle.  Patients experience moxa as a pleasant warmth.  There are other
tools and techniques which Jacque would explain before using such as Gua Sha, cupping, and electrical
stimulation.

If you decide to have an Acupuncture treatment, it's advised you dress in loose, comfortable clothing.  
There are gowns that are available if you prefer.  How much body is exposed usually depends upon what
is being treated.  Your privacy and comfort will be respected at all times.  You should eat something light,
but not a heavy meal, before or after a treatment.  It is also very important to drink a lot of water after a
treatment, which helps to flush toxins from the body.

The most frequently asked question is "Does it hurt?"  Acupuncture should not hurt.  You may feel a
slight prick, much like a mosquito bite, upon insertion of the needle.  That feeling immediately disappears.
 You may feel a dull ache or tingling sensation, which is normal and means that the energy, or Qi, is
being stimulated.

If you have questions concerning you personal concerns and whether Acupuncture could help, please
feel free to contact Jacque at 262.860.6020 and she will return your call as soon as possible.  Jacque is
happy to consult with you over the telephone or meet with you personally.

Thank you for your interest in Chinese Medicine.  Remember that your confidentiality and privacy will be
protected and respected at all times.