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Santa Rosa Acupuncturist Shelley Werner uses acupuncture and other Oriental Medicine modalities to treat pain and various other conditions.
For a list of conditions for which Acupuncture can provide relief, see the box at right.
For more information about specific modalities, follow any of the links at left.
For information about Shelley Werner and her qualifications, read About Shelley.
The FAQ below will help answer some of your questions about acupuncture and what to expect from a session.
The World Health Organization lists over 40 diseases that Acupuncture can treat effectively. Following is a partial list of the conditions we treat using Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture.
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture defines the practice as a “method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning.” With its roots in ancient China, Acupuncture involves gently inserting extremely thin needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture points in the body.
There are 14 major energy channels called meridians that course through the human body encompassing the head, arms, hands, legs, feet, torso and internal organs. A subtle energy called “qi” circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body.
Any misdirection, blockage or other derangement of the amount, flow or balance of qi may result in pain, dysfunction and ill health. Using acupuncture needles (hair thin), certain points (acupoints) are stimulated which are along the course of the meridians.
Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of qi so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony.
There may be sensations when the needle is inserted such as tingling, itching, warming. It should not be painful. Once needles are in, you are encouraged to relax and not move as moving can dislodge or change the position of the needle, and it may feel uncomfortable.
Needles are used once; after use, they are put into a bio-
Depending upon your complaint, I may use moxibustion, cupping, qua sha, essential
It depends. Each of us is unique and responds differently to treatment. It also depends
upon how long you have experienced your condition. The longer you have had the problem,
the longer it may take to resolve the situation. I don’t know until you receive a
session, how you are going to respond. It may take 4-
The initial acupuncture treatment, including the intake portion, takes about 1 ½ – 2 hours. Subsequent sessions are about an hour.
It is best that you are not hungry when you come. I recommend that you have eaten
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to help you body rid itself of toxins. You can go back to work. You may feel very relaxed and a little sleepy.
You may not want to do any strenuous physical activity; let your body adjust to the changes you are experiencing. It is best to wait a couple of hours before doing anything demanding.
Take your herbs or dietary suggestions, and do your homework. I usually give you recommendations of what you can do to enhance your treatment. The highest form of healing is what an individual can do for oneself.
For acute situations, especially ones of pain, I recommend coming 2-
You may feel worse temporarily. When you have an established pattern, acupuncture gets the blood flowing, and if a pattern is entrenched, the body is pushes back against the change. Usually, you will feel better after 1 or 2 days.
For more information about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine services, contact Santa Rosa Acupuncture practitioner Shelley Werner.