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My goal is to help you achieve optimum health and wellness. Having evolved over thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world. Acupuncture is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to promote your body's self-healing abilities.
Modern research has shown that acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to promote the body's remarkable self-healing abilities. An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion and manipulation of flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points on the body. Most patients find the sensations produced by acupuncture treatment to be deeply relaxing both mentally and physically.
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Effective, Safe, and chemical-free
Modern research has shown that acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to promote the body's remarkable self-healing abilities. Start healing your body the natural way today.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that helps the body in healing itself naturally. It has been practiced in China for nearly 3000 years and spread to Japan and Korea around 600 A.D. Around 1600 A.D. acupuncture was brought to Europe, where it has become a popular alternative medication. Acupuncture became popular in the United States in the 1970s and is now used by millions of Americans to relieve chronic pain and other ailments. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended acupuncture as an alternative method to address the ongoing opioid epidemic caused by prescription pain killers. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
How does acupuncture work?
Our bodies are sustained by vital energy that the ancient Chinese called Qi, which powers the body in much the same way that gasoline powers our cars. The amount of Qi, and its proper distribution, are vital to our health. When Qi is insufficient or becomes blocked, we are prone to sickness. Acupuncture assists in the rebalancing of Qi. By removing blockages, encouraging the smooth and efficient flow of Qi, acupuncture helps the body correct imbalances. It is an individualized treatment unique to each person. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. The needles, disposable and made of surgical steel, are sterilized. The diameter of the needles is close to that of human hair. Acupuncture has relatively few side effects compared to other treatments. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most patients feel nothing, while others detect a slight pinch at the point in which the needle enters the skin. A few may experience a bit of tenderness, while other patients may feel the movement of Qi going through their body. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
What can I expect during a treatment?
Your first visit will consist of a comprehensive briefing of your medical history, including a discussion of your overall health history, concerns, and initial treatment. Subsequent treatments focus on acupuncture treatment. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Those with chronic medical conditions will typically take longer to treat than those with short term conditions. It depends on the person’s overall health too. A young, healthy person will require less treatments than an older, less healthy person. The treatments can be twice a week, every week and every other week, to monthly. To maintain the healthy flow of Qi quarterly treatment is recommended, much like regular tune-ups with your car. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
What conditions do you treat at Rivers Mountain Acupuncture?
The advance of West medicine has cured many of the conditions that were once treated by acupuncture. So if ones condition can be treated by Western doctors, please do so. Come and see us if you are dissatisfied with Western treatment or do not wish to use painkillers or undergo surgery.
Below is a partial list of the conditions we treat:
1. Pain management: Headaches, Bell’s palsy, TMJ, Neck pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis pain, lower back pain, sciatic pain, trigger finger,
2. Sport injuries: tennis elbow, shin splint, sprain/strained ankles/wrists, tendon/connective tissue injuries.
3. Common cold/flu: When treated within 24 to 48 hours, the symptoms of cold and flu can be limited to a few days instead of two weeks.
4. Emotional wellness: stress, anxiety, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, insomnia, low energy.
5. Female health: PMS, menopause symptoms, menstrual irregularities, fertility, acnes, morning sickness.
6. Side effects of other treatments: chemotherapy, radiation, postal surgical pain.
7. Digestive disorders: Acid reflux (heartburn), nausea, constipation, IBS, bloating, hemorrhoids.
8. Detox: drug addiction, smoking cessation.
What should I wear to my acupuncture appointment?
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, or bring a change of clothes that will allow access to your arms and lower legs. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
What should I do before my appointment?
Please eat a snack or a light meal at least one hour prior to your treatment. It is best to not have an empty or full stomach. Also do not exercise before you come in. If you would like to download the new patient forms now from the files to download page and fill them out. Otherwise, allow an additional 15 minutes to complete the forms when you arrive for your appointment. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
How will I feel after my acupuncture appointment?
Plan to relax and rest after your treatment. Some people feel a little light-headed after receiving an acupuncture treatment. If necessary, please sit for a while in the waiting room. In a few minutes, you will feel relaxed and clear-headed. You may be prescribed an herbal prescription. If a herbal prescription is recommended you will receive instructions on how to prepare and take the herbs. It is highly recommended that you follow the treatment plan to maximize your results. Herbal prescriptions are intended only for the person for whom they are prescribed. Do not give herbal formulas to anyone else. If you would like to more information on the herb formulas prescribed you can visit http://www.shengfoong.com/ to find out more.
Very rarely, following an acupuncture treatment, symptoms may become worse for a short time. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that healing may occur. This should pass in a day or two. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please contact the clinic. Contact Rivers Mountain if you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or booking an appointment.
Where are you located?
We can be found at 10213 Old Georgetown Rd., in Bethesda, Maryland.