Acupuncture is a 4000+ year old medicine that was founded in China and has been continuously practiced throughout the world. The medicine relies on fine, solid needles to be inserted in the body into specific acupuncture points to illicit specific healing responses. The needles prompt a full body reaction by increasing the circulation of blood and energy (Qi) throughout, thus resetting the endocrine, lymphatic, central nervous systems – sympathetic and parasympathetic into homeostasis – which allows the body to begin to heal itself. Acupuncture is only part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has evolved with the cultures that have adopted it and through time. Chinese medicine/herbs can also be recommended to help in the healing process.
The goal is to treat the “root” of your illness – not just address symptoms with allopathic treatments. Every acupuncturist strives to reduce the number of medications our patients take for chronic/idiopathic illnesses. Once the root cause of your disease/pain/imbalance is identified and treated, many of the underlying symptoms may disappear in time with the added benefit of side effects such as a sense of calmness, better sleep, healthier immune system, etc. Acupuncture can also be used as an additional tool in your wellness toolkit – to help you stay as healthy as possible.
What To Expect During Your Treatment
Linda Huang Tolentino is a Licensed Acupuncturist who specializes in musculo-skeletal pain, migraines, repetitive stress injuries, recovery from surgery and chemotherapy. She draws upon her training in Japanese and Chinese acupuncture to achieve the highest level of comfort with results. The goal is to alleviate the root cause of your symptoms, so you can go back to leading your most fulfilling life. To compliment the acupuncture in each treatment, Linda may offer moxibustion, cupping, gwa sha, magnetic therapy, colored light therapy, press tacks, essential oil aromatherapy, and nutritional counseling along with Traditional Chinese Medicinal philosophy and exercise recommendations – all tailored to your specific needs and unique situation. Linda emphasizes an active participation in your journey. Your self-care regime is just as important in achieving your goals of health, wellness and balance.
Teaming With Other Health Care Providers
There may be situations where multiple healthcare practitioners will work as a team to help you achieve that goal. Linda works cooperatively with medical doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists and physical therapist, etc. To Linda, we are born with only one body in this lifetime. Take care of it the best that you can by seeing specific healthcare providers for whatever ails you. See a MD/ND/OD for medical tests/western medical diagnosis, a chiropractor for manual manipulation and care for your spine, a PT for recovering from an injury, a licensed acupuncturists for acupuncture/dry needling, etc. We are all experts in our own respective fields with years of school and clinical training. Don’t see a healthcare worker who is dabbling in a technique that is outside of their scope of practice. They may inadvertently provide you with an incorrect diagnosis or may accidentally seriously harm you. Remember, treat your body, mind and spirit with respect.
The initial treatment is 90 minutes long and includes a review of your health history and your main compliant, followed by your root and local treatments. All follow up appointments are 60-75 minutes long and include a brief update on your progress from your last treatment.
Using acupuncture needles is only one method of stimulating specific points on your body to obtain balance. For those who are sensitive to needles or are needle-phobic, options are “needless needles”, press tacks or magnets. She typically uses the most delicate needles for your root treatments. Sturdier needles are used for musculo-skeletal issues such as gluts and shoulders where the muscles are larger and thicker. She may also use electro-acupuncture in the form of micro/millicurrent settings, colored light therapy, and moxibustion to stimulate the acupuncture points.
Linda offers additional modalities to her patients to relieve pain, increase the circulation and energy in the area to promote healing.
Linda uses an Acutron Mentor for electro-acupuncture which provides her the option to choose micro/millicurrent and TENS-type electrical currents for healing from injuries and surgeries. The Acutron allows colored light therapy to be coupled with micro/millicurrent settings for additional therapeutic treatments.
Dry needling is just another acupuncture needling technique. As a licensed acupuncturist, Linda is an expert in dry needling which is typically used in releasing musculoskeletal tension and trigger points. She has used this technique in successfully treating sciatica pain, back pain, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, etc.
Linda offers both sliding and stationary cupping using glass cups in releasing muscle tension in areas on the body such as the back and shoulders. Because cupping releases tight muscle fibers at a deeper level sometimes “sha” or “bruising” is brought to the surface. This “sha” is the “stuff” that has been stuck in the muscle fibers that have created a sense of tightness and pain. Although the “sha” can be very profound in color, it does not cause pain but rather relief and will fade in a matter of days.
Gwa sha is similar to cupping in that the goal is to release tension or the “sha”/tension from the muscle fibers in order to promote healing. Rather than using cups, however, the tool is a porcelain soup spoon. Using the spoon allows Linda to get in tighter areas such as the neck and the base of head where it is difficult for the cups to retain suction. Linda also uses gwa sha to relieve muscle tension caused by tendinitis in areas such the elbows in tennis or golfers elbow.
Moxa is a dried herb - mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, Ai Ye) which produces heat that promotes healing by tonifying Qi and blood. It is applied with different methods on or near the surface of the skin on specific acupuncture points.