Acupuncture

Practitioners

Freya Farley, M.Ac. , L.Ac.  410-819-3395 ext. 308,  freyaf@mac.com

Tracy Rupp Hockmeyer, Ph.D., M.Ac., L.Ac.   301-873-0531

The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Chi energy.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What About the Needles? Does it Hurt?

The type of needles and concerns about pain are the two most common questions many people have about acupuncture.  The needles I use are single-use filiform (solid), high quality stainless steel which are sealed in sterilized packs.  Needle insertions are typically painless or the sensation is minimal.  There are many different techniques of needling and I will work with you to ensure your comfort.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies from person to person.  Some important things to keep in mind with regard to the efficacy and amount of treatments are: the severity of the condition, how long you have had the condition, willingness to modify lifestyle and the resources your own body has to heal.  As a general rule, I recommend that people come two to three times a week if they are in an acute condition and once a week if the condition is more chronic.  After your initial consultation I will make a recommendation for a treatment schedule and offer lifestyle suggestions in an attempt expedite your recovery.

How and Why does Acupuncture work?

It would take hours to fully explain why and how acupuncture works, but at the most basic level, acupuncture works because it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.  In most people, the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is often in over-drive; we’re often working too hard, exercising too hard, not sleeping enough etc., which causes our bodies to over-produce cortisol.  The parasympathetic nervous system helps us to rest which is when our bodies naturally attempt to heal; therefore, acupuncture allows this aspect of the nervous system to function more effectively enabling the body to have a greater capacity to heal