acupuncture1. Acupuncture Diagnosis and Treatment:

Acupuncture is one branch of Oriental Medicine. An acupuncture treatment starts with a consultation between the doctor and the patient. From interviewing, observing & taking the patients pulse, the practitioner is able to gather specific information in order to determine the diagnosis. The quality of the diagnosis is key in establishing a treatment plan for the patient. A treatment plan consists in one or a series of acupuncture sessions aimed at correcting imbalances identified in the diagnosis. As the patient improves, the diagnosis changes and the treatments are adjusted to reflect the patient’s progress.

2. The Acupuncture Session:

The acupuncture treatment itself consists of the insertion of tiny thread-like needles into points along pathways of energy called “meridians”. This facilitates the movement of energy or “qi” (pronounced ‘chee’). As long as energy flows freely and harmoniously, health is maintained. Stimulation of acupuncture points can help regulate energy by supplementing what is deficient and dispersing what is blocked or stagnant.

During the treatment, most patients experience a sense of deep relaxation and well-being. Only pre-sterilized and individually packaged disposable needles are used. A treatment lasts between 30 minutes and one hour. When appropriate, herbs are prescribed to consolidate and sustain the benefits of the acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture is compatible with other health care systems, including allopathic medicine. It is important to discuss any concurrent treatment and medicines used with the other doctor(s) so that herb-drug compatibility may be assessed. Input and on-going discussion with other health care practitioners used by the patient is highly encouraged for increased effectiveness.

3. Traditional Oriental Medicine can address the following conditions most effectively:

Musculoskeletal Problems / Pain Relief
Quality of Life
back pain, injuries
stress management
hip pain, sciatica
arthritis, tendinitis
muscle pain, fibromylagia
irritabilitiy, mood swings
neck pain
Sports Medicine
stop smoking
weight management
optimum performance
adjunct therapy to cancer therapy
Internal Medicine
Women’s Health
respiratory disorders (asthma, allergies, flu, colds)
menstrual disorders
nervous system disorders
disorders of menipause
hormonal disorders
postpartum disorders
immune system disorders
urinary disorders
bleeding disorders
skin disorders
Preventive Health Care
Particularly effective for allergies, immune system enhancement, health maintenance and performance enhancement

This is only a partial list of the health problems that are successfully treated with Traditional Oriental Medicine.

If you have any questions or concerns about your symptoms or diagnosis, please contact Willow Clinic at or phone (575) 758-5070

Willow Clinic is looking forward to providing you with the very best of care.