I'm a Licensed Acupuncturist who for the past ten years has been helping people have an easier time recover from ailments of all sorts.
I believe that people are more than their diagnosis. Everyone has suffering in life, and I have helped people with a wide spectrum of issues ranging from the common cold to pain associated with stage four cancer. My years helping people who are in recovery from addictions has helped me craft a skill set to be able to assist during even chronic, tricky ailments of all sorts. Treating people in recovery is also a passion of mine. And, all patient populations are welcome. Everyone is human. Everyone has some kind of physical or emotional pain that can often be benefited by acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
My parents had been seeing an acupuncturist since I was a young child. Somewhere between 12-15 years old (it's funny thinking back that far isn't it?), I had my first treatment to help me with anxiety. My practitioner put the needles in and I instantly felt relief. So I asked him, "What did you put in the needles?" He said, "Nothing. These are your points." I never recovered from that moment in the best possible way. My mission from that moment onward has been to reclaim the clinical power of Classical Chinese Medicine of which Acupuncture is historically a part. This is as much a calling for me as it is a profession.
Very often people people meet me for a first visit and feel hope. There's some new context or a way forward from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Very often, even after one treatment, people feel like they are beginning to trend in a better direction.
Acupuncture is based on the theories of Chinese Medicine. From that perspective, your ailment will mostly live at one of three "levels" the "wei level (superficial)" "ying level (moderate)" or "yuan level (deep)." The uses of that understanding are many. For new patients the thing to know is that the amount of time it can take for recovery from ailments is usually based on which level the disharmony exists. Surface level issues: Hours to days, Moderate level issues: Days to weeks. Yuan level issues: one or more seasons.
Of course that is just a general guideline. And it's a reasonable way of understanding how long a course of treatment might take.
I have a firm belief in working toward your discharge from care. Though often people feel so many benefits from treatment they keep coming back. Both are okay. On that note, historically acupuncture and chinese medicine were used for prevention as much as remedy. So it's okay to come for an acute issues, long term care, or prevention considerations.