Acupuncture is energetic medicine and can work at several different levels (spiritual, physical and emotional aspects). Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese tradition and practice that has been around for over 3000 years in China. It was brought to the U.S. in the early 1970’s. Acupuncture is very often associated with treatment for pain, but can be very beneficial for a large variety of conditions.
Acupuncture can treat:
Neurological and Muscular Disorders
Low Back Pain
Urinary, Menstrual, and reproductive problems
Stress, Tension, and emotional
Acupuncture treatment is completed with an initial overview of the patient’s medical history and examination. When the examination is completed the physician will begin inserting fine needles into your body in patterns based on the flow of qi. The needle placement is most often to provide energy flow.
Patient is positioned comfortably for the procedure to begin. The insertion of needs is painless for many, but some patients do feel a dull ache as the needle is inserted. Needles can be stimulated for the flow Qi (energy). The acupuncture point prescription/combination will allow for relief of symptoms and promote harmony in the channels. The needle insertion should not be painful but it should stimulate a “Qi” sensation of an electrical impulse, warming, cooling, or a tingling or dull ache sensation.
These needles are left in place between 5-20 min. depending on the depletion of energy. The initial appointment can last up to 1 ½ hours, with follow-up appointments lasting 30-60 minutes.
Dr. Kovalik graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, and the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in Phoenix, AZ. She also wrote her Master’s Thesis on Acupuncture and Female Infertility. She has published articles in the local NDNR naturopathic review journal and teaches classes on Expecting Parent Transition and Mind Body Spiritual Connection to Fertility.