Frequently Asked Questions

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Einstein demonstrated to the world that everything is made up of energy. Quantum Physics continues to provide undisputed proof that everything inside each individual is an intelligent, energetic system that has the capability of maintaining and healing the mind, body and spirit. It is this powerful energy the practitioner works with when you come in for a treatment. This energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is called Qi (pronounced chee).
In TCM, Qi is the life force flowing through all things.
Qi is the most basic substance of all things contained in life.
Qi flows in channels in the body and connects to specific organ systems. (Think of the channels as rivers or streams).
In TCM, when the Qi in the channels is blocked or unbalanced, illnesses occur. (Much like when a river is blocked by a beaver, it can become stuck and obstruct the flow).
Acupuncture and other Chinese Medicine modalities unblock the channels and help to restore balance to the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Your Initial Consultation will last 90 minutes.
Maureen will gather a detailed Health History, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you have regarding Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
You will be asked questions about your current Health, your Health History, your Lifestyle and Emotional Well-being.
Maureen utilizes Traditional Pulse and Tongue reading to determine a treatment plan.

You are an unique individual. The number of treatments varies from one individual to another. TCM helps with long term, chronic issues as well as immediate issues. The longer a person has had a condition, the longer it may take to rebalance the body. Most people begin to notice improvement after the first visit and will have marked improvement in symptoms after just 4-6 weeks.

Evidenced-based studies have consistently shown Acupuncture and TCM  are effective treatments for many Acute and Chronic conditions.

  • If the person has a hemophilic condition.
  • If the person is pregnant, there are certain points and needle manipulations that should not be used.
  • If the person is experiencing psychosis due to a chronic and persistent mental illness. If the person is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Acupuncture is extremely safe. Side effects rarely occur.
In rare cases, the individual may experience lightheadedness and mild nausea.

Needle inserted by a Licensed Acupuncturist is typically a painless procedure.
If there is some discomfort, it lasts for a brief moment.

Clean needle techniques are utilized at all times. Sterile needles are used for each treatment and discarded immediately into the sharps container.

Maureen has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She received her Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Follow any recommendations provided to you by Maureen.
Between visits, keep track of any changes you experience such as pain level, sleep pattern and energy level.
Keep your appointments. Each treatment builds on the previous treatments.
Show up on time.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Refrain from eating large meals before your treatment.
Drink a lot of water after your treatment.
Refrain from drinking alcohol or participating in rigorous activity directly after your treatment.