Finding the right acupuncturist for you

When you decide it’s time to choose a dentist, physician or other healthcare provider, what’s most important to you?

Surely, the most important thing in choosing an acupuncturist is to ensure he or she is licensed and in good standing with state and national regulating boards. Safety is number one.

Ok, you’ve checked the credentials - now how do you choose?angie kociolek bozeman acupuncture

Do you look for particular personality characteristics? Do you prefer someone who sticks to the specific matter at hand or someone who asks how things are going in your life? Do you prefer someone who is serious and formal or someone who is outgoing and relaxed? How much one on one time do you like to have with your practitioner? There is no single right answer and only you can decide who might be the best fit for you.

In my acupuncture training, we covered Western biomedicine topics in addition to diagnosis and treatment according to an Eastern medicine framework. Interwoven in our practical studies, my teachers emphasized the importance of rapport.

Rapport is

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Feeling “at home:” A powerfully content place to be

Acupuncture acts as a compass leading us back to a state of homeostasis. Modern research shows numerous examples of acupuncture's bi-directional regulatory action:1

     “... lowers the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and elevates it in patients with hypotension…” 

    “… increases gastric secretion in patients with hypoacidity, and decreases it in patients with hyperacidity…”

     “… has holistic and bi-directional regulatory effects on immune function.2

Beyond the physiological and biochemical effects, acupuncture also helps us feel more relaxed and grounded within ourselves.

As a Five Element acupuncturist, I take the time to treat clients based on their constitution - not just their symptoms. fiveelementtheory

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element theory is rooted in understanding the essential energetic qualities found in nature: The elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.

In nature, as within our bodies, the elements “work interdependently in an elegant and systematic balance, each one sustaining and supporting the next in the cycle as with the change of seasons.”3

My training focused

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Acupuncture and the mind-body connection

As a holistic system of medicine, acupuncture is well-rooted in the belief that the mind and the body are inseparably linked. The mind not only includes functions like memory and cognition but also the ability to sleep and feel emotions. When one considers that Chinese medicine sees long-lasting or intense emotions as a cause of disease, it’s worth finding ways to move through emotions in a healthy way.

 Beyond the needles

As a former student and naturally curious person, I know it’s easy to ponder questions like “Why is my acupuncturist placing a needle in that spot?” or “I wonder what that point is for?” In my role as acupuncturist and educator, I am happy to explain my rationale in treatment AND I encourage my clients to approach each acupuncture session as an opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation.

calm water Ways to get more out of your acupuncture treatment session

Often, clients put their intentions on what they hope to manifest in their lives. Some employ visualization techniques to concentrate qi in specific energy centers

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