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Acupuncture at Orchard Natural Medicine

closeup of acupuncture needles on patients shoulderAcupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses fine sterile needles at specific acupuncture points within the meridian channels of the body. The gentle and painless needle insertion restores the free flow of energy (Qi) and promotes harmony among the systems of the body.

Clearing the Pathways for Healing

Qi moves through pathways called meridians. These pathways are like rivers of energy flowing inside the body, transporting life and nourishment to the different organ systems. Qi can become obstructed causing a backup in a part of the body. This blockage can cause further restrictions in other organ systems downstream from the blockage.

The disruptions to the free flow of Qi can arise from many things such as poor diet, lack of exercise, injuries, stress, trauma (emotional and physical), and overexertion. Normally, that innate intelligence in the body can overcome these blockages and restore health on its own.

In cases where the blockage has been prolonged or excessive, illness, pain, or disease can set in. Acupuncture is able to help the body overcome the blockages and heal from a broad spectrum of health conditions.

Conditions That Can Be Helped With Acupuncture

Here are some of the many health issues that can be successfully managed with acupuncture:

  • Adrenal conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Gut conditions (IBS, heartburn, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility challenges
  • Mood disorders
  • Pain
  • Physical traumas from accidents
  • Post-op recovery
  • Pregnancy-related discomfort

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing because there are points that will be located in areas that could be hard to get to. You’re welcome to eat or drink beforehand but you don’t want to be overly full before your session as your body would be focusing on digesting rather than healing. You also should abstain from any recreational alcohol or other substances because those could interfere with the body’s healing ability.

During the initial appointment, a full health history is taken and a physical exam is done, including pulse and tongue diagnosis. Once Dr. Perrin has detected any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems, she then creates a well-structured treatment plan.

Patients can expect their first acupuncture treatment after the history and exam are completed. Dr. Perrin may also recommend other services such as chiropractic care and supplements to complement your acupuncture treatment. “My goal is to give patients the service or services they need to recover and optimize their health,” said Dr. Perrin.

Are there any risks associated with receiving acupuncture?

There’s a small risk of bruising and bleeding but generally, there shouldn’t be any pain.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, it’s highly safe and has been used for thousands of years.

How long do the needles need to stay in?

Typically, needles stay placed for 30 to 45 minutes. During that time you’ll feel comfortably relaxed. Most people take a nap during their session!

How many sessions will I need?

It depends on your condition. Some patients get results after just 3-4 sessions but others may require 12 or more.

When should I expect to experience relief?

Most patients experience some level of relief even after their first session. It might only be 10 to 20%, but there’s typically evidence of some change depending on the condition and how long it’s been present.

Can I receive acupuncture if I'm pregnant?

Yes, it is safe to receive acupuncture while pregnant. If you are pregnant, be sure to let Dr. Perrin know.

Do I have to be a chiropractic patient to receive acupuncture?

No, although many patients come in to get adjusted and receive acupuncture during the same visit, acupuncture also can be used as a stand-alone treatment.

What Training Do You Have?

Dr. Perrin earned a certificate in acupuncture and has fulfilled the Illinois requirement needed to be able to practice. She’s been providing acupuncture since 2013 and has helped many patients over the years experience healing.

Book a Session

Wondering if acupuncture can help you? Contact Orchard Natural Medicine today to book an appointment with Dr. Perrin!

Acupuncture West Aurora IL | (630) 962-6073