Acupuncture in Tucson
Does acupuncture hurt?
A common question, acupuncture needles are ultra-thin, sterile and used only once. As acupuncture needles are carefully and quickly inserted into therapeutic points on the body, they rarely cause discomfort. Upon insertion, patients often report feeling tingling, warmth, or heaviness – rarely pain. The benefits of acupuncture therapy are often felt immediately.
Can acupuncture help me?
Is acupuncture safe?
When administered by a qualified and licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. Research shows that acupuncture has no adverse side-effects. Because individual sterile needles are disposed of after each use there is minimal to no risk of infection.
What can I expect from my first acupuncture visit?
What is a typical acupuncture treatment like?
How many acupuncture sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on the severity and duration of the condition and your state of wellbeing. Commonly, acute conditions take 1-4 sessions while chronic conditions can take between 5 – 13 treatments. Most people feel the benefits of one acupuncture treatment. Weekly treatments are suggested though some acute cases may require 2 treatments per week in the beginning. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. As symptoms improve and holistic harmony is achieved, you are welcome to check-in every other week or monthly or less. We will discuss what is right for you.
Is Western Medicine considered in your practice of Chinese Medicine?
Definitely. Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system that can address many health concerns on its own. It also works synergistically with western traditions and other healthcare modalities. Since I also utilize homeopathic and flower + gem essences, east meets west every day in my practice!
How does Acupuncture work?
What else do you practice?
Modalities used in conjunction with acupuncture include Gua Sha, Cupping, Electro-Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, and Moxibustion. Gua Sha is the careful rubbing of the skin with a smooth ceramic spoon to relieve areas of stagnation. The skin may look red or purple after treatment and return to normal within 3-5 days. The result is healthy circulation of blood and a reduction of symptoms that are usually felt immediately. Cupping uses small rounded cups to create suction on different areas of the body. Similar to the technique of Gua Sha, cupping can be used for many conditions including upper and lower back pain and the common cold. Cupping can also draw purple marks to the surface of the skin for a few days. Auricular acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-thin needles into different locations of the ears to stimulate appropriate reflexes and to invigorate the internal organs. Moxibustion is the careful, painless application of burning moxa (mugwort) to the tips of needles or areas of protected skin at specific acupuncture points to warm, make supple and tonify the area through the increased circulation of blood and Qi. I personally also integrate Cranial Sacral therapy, light massage or Tui Na, and intuitive healing methods which derive from my work as a counselor and my study of homeopathy, flower and gem essences. Because I often feel the emotional and physiological patterns of other people, I utilize this information in ways that enhance classic and contemporary traditions in acupuncture.
Do you accept insurance?
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What is intuitive counseling?
Intuition is a friendly way to describe the natural amplification of our senses to see, hear and feel. Intuition allows us to surpass “individual” boundaries and access information from different levels of consciousness, the environment, people and other beings. Some of us are innately, or through circumstance, more sensitive or perceptive than others, but a vast spectrum of information is always readily available. It might seem difficult to believe, but most of us accept that Oxygen and Hydrogen exist, even though we might not be able to discern discrete elements. Often deemed psychic, enhanced capacities to see (clairvoyance), hear (clairaudience), and feel (clairsentience) are innate and can be cultivated. It just takes a steady intention, a little support/guidance and practice. Whether we are aware of it or not, most of us are inspired and deeply informed by the less conscious aspects of our world. Whether we are aware of breathing or not, we are breathing. Whether we can see plants metabolizing CO2 into O2 +, they are. When we get in touch with the more subtle aspects of our experience, we access the "always already" available information consciously. The more we bring subtler cues to the fore, the more chance we have at transforming core issues and consciously creating the life we actually want to live.
What are some intuitive abilities?
How is intuition related to medicine?
As notions of medicine blend and shift, intuitive healers merge current scientific understanding with shamanic traditions to support people at the intersection of mind body and spirit. From an energetic medicine perspective, the body is comprised of an intricate network of energetic (life force) pathways, layers (koshas) and centers (chakras) that can be influenced in ways to help bring the system(s) to balance. Our human networks align with larger networks or grids at all levels of atmosphere and experience. Multiple grids of information intersect, align and influence each other. Borrowing from theories of relativity and quantum theory, people are “nonlocal” beings with movable boundaries that extend beyond constructs of time and space. We all measure the “physical” world through our everyday senses, in which time and space are properties. According to quantum theory, time and space only exist when they can be observed or measured. The three dimensional world of forms are like the momentary, measurable waves in an infinite sea of formless life potential. Touch into the level of life-force energy and constructs of time and space dissolve, and instantaneously, we have access to way more information than we could possibly imagine.
Whats it like to be intuitive?
Can you give examples to illustrate inuition?
What do intuition and acupuncture have in common?
At the subatomic level, the life-force energy is the stuff of our origins – what we and everything in the cosmos are comprised of and transmute to form. This life force energy is flowing through and around the body in loops and lines (meridians), spiraling in and out of the body through hundreds of energy vortices (acupuncture points or marmas) and chakras or energy centers along the central column of the body, that link up with larger energetic networks or grids. Please see Alex Grey’s Theologue image above. The pulsation, frequency and vibration of the life force energy in the body is comprised of different forms of Qi (metabolic, emotional, cultural, etc.) and the functioning Qi of the different organs, viscera, our breath, etc. Simplified, acupuncture and hands-on healing helps restore balance of the different systems by releasing blockages of Qi in certain areas and tonifying areas that are deficient in others. Our collective and individual experience is continually shifting, adjusting and evolving. Our individual health is determined by our perception, life stressors/supports, the functioning of our physical systems as well as our thoughts, emotions and the intention/state of our energetic and etheric bodies. The constantly vibrating interplay of life force vibration inside/outside the physical body comprises the energetic fields and affects the health and well-being of the body-mind-spirit. Every aspect affects the other.
How does intuitive healing work?
How do flower and gem essences help?
Whats the difference between flower essences and essential oils?
Flower essences are water-based, unscented and contain only the energetic vibrational properties of plants. Essential oils, used in aromatherapy, are concentrated distillations of the physical plant and are oil-based.
How do you use flower essences?
Essences have a wide range of applications. Take several drops directly under the tongue or in a glass of water and sip throughout the day. Add them to bathwater or spray them on your person, around the home and workplace. Essences are most effective when used frequently in small amounts. In times of crisis or transition, use them up to several times an hour. Individual essences are blended together to create a custom formula.
What can I expect after taking a flower essence?
How do you make flower / gem essences?
The most common method for collecting essences is called ‘the sunlight method.’ This involves floating flowers or pulverized precious gemstones in a bowl of spring water, in sunlight, for several hours. The resulting infusion (the ‘mother’ essence) is then preserved in brandy or vodka. 1-7 drops are diluted further to create ‘stock’ essences and sometimes diluted further in the same way, to create ‘dosage’ strength. Essence bottles are sometimes shaken 10-20 times before use or dilution. While I draw upon a repertory of over 600 essences, most frequently I blend from Alaskan Essences of Victor, MT and Desert Alchemy made in our very own Tucson, AZ.
How do flower essences work?
Can I take too much or overdose from a flower essence?
Essences are non-toxic, non-addictive and cannot be “overdosed”. Please know, however, that unless otherwise specified, gem and flower essence infusions are preserved in 15% brandy or alcohol. Personalized blends can be preserved in vegetable glycerin - at your request.
How long does it take to notice effects of a flower essence?
Some essences have an almost immediate effect (the combination formulas in particular) though generally changes are more indistinct as balance and equilibrium are restored in the emotional and subtle bodies. No claims are made that essences can cure physical illnesses, yet they often bring improvement to a physical condition. For long-standing, deep-seated issues, it is recommended to take the essence for a few weeks and re-evaluating at the end of that period of time. Then either repeat the essences or choose others appropriate for the changed symptom picture.
Should I stop taking an essence if I'm feeling worse?
You may feel more intensely because you are experiencing an “aggravation” or healing crisis where the condition is temporarily exacerbated. If this is the case, you can choose to take the essence every 15 minutes until symptoms abate, continue with the course as recommended, recognizing you are in a process of releasing emotional symptoms (and/or physical symptoms), or you can reduce the dosage to once or twice a day. If you feel overwhelmed, consider stopping the essence temporarily and use another essence or formula to support you during this time. I can provide you with a support formula – just let me know what’s going on & I’m happy to help.
Will taking other medicines affect flower essence efficacy?
Are flower and gem essences safe during pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe to use flower essences during pregnancy. Essence practitioners and midwives sometimes recommend them as they offer gentle and effective support before, during and after labor.
"As perceptive and intelligent as she is intuitive and empathic, Essence + Acupuncture/Britta offers an unparalleled combination of modalities and skills in her holistic practice. She has a gift for supporting the practice of acupuncture with engaged listening, both verbal and non. Go when you are ready to engage in your own healing and health - her approach will double down on whatever effort you invest."
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