Historically acupuncture was often administered in a group setting. That is still the case in China today. People in clinics are often sitting around a table while they all receive acupuncture. It is practical. But in the United States most people are accustomed to receiving acupuncture in their own private room. Below is a short description of three ways to receive acupuncture.
BASIC BALANCING ACUPUNCTURE
Basic Balancing treatments take place in a community healing room in comfy recliner chairs and last about 50 minutes. There is beauty in its simplicity. This special protocol is adaptogenic. This means that if you have excess stuck energy, it can help to move it where it needs to go. And if you have depleted energy, the points can naturally help to boost your energy. It is good for all types of constitutions and can help bring balance and relieve stress. When you arrive, you just find a seat and don’t need to say a word. Just kick back and close your eyes. You will be taken care of. This can be especially helpful for calming basic anxiety, relieving everyday stress, regulating the menstrual cycle and promoting a good night’s sleep. Herbal consultation is not included.
The Constitutional Acupuncture also takes place in a community healing room and also lasts about 50 minutes. What makes this treatment different is that the treatment will focus on specific issues such as allergies, pain, insomnia, depressions or digestive issues. Your acupuncturist will likely ask you some health-related questions and evaluate your pulse and tongue to help interpret what is causing imbalance in your body. She will customize your acupuncture treatment accordingly, which may also include moxibustion and bodywork. If you are open to herbs she might recommend a formula for you. Herbal formulas are prescribed to heal acute conditions but can also be prescribed to help your overall constitution.
Private acupuncture treatments take place in a private treatment room on a massage table. They include acupuncture and possibly gua sha, tui na, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion and other bodywork. An herbal consultation is also included in the private sessions. Your treatment may be on the front of the body, the back of the body or both.
Which do I need?
All three of types of treatments are valuable. There’s a time and a place for each. For example, when someone comes to the clinic with severe lower back pain it’s ideal for them to have at least one private session to give the practitioner time and space to evaluate the cause and check how their body is going to respond to treatment. If finances are a concern, sometimes they can move to the community sessions to fulfill their treatment plan after that. And if someone is relatively healthy but dealing with the stresses of daily life, the Basic Balancing Acupuncture on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis might be just what the doctor ordered. The body is wise. Just those 50 minutes in a recliner with the balancing effect of the acu-fibers can be ample. But for someone who has a chronic issue or a severe acute issue and is in need of being thrifty, the constitutional acupuncture is perfect. Its affordability makes it possible to come in even twice a week if needed. That’s a big bonus.