What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic in Palatine, ILSeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and help the body heal naturally.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Kathi Wotal offers Acupuncture, herbal medicine in Palatine, ILMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 3 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. For acute pain conditions, the first 80% of pain is usually the easiest to treat. The last 20% of the pain can take more time to work out. Chronic conditions generally take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis. Keep in mind each person's body responds differently to acupuncture. I will discuss a treatment plan with you during your first treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic offers safe, effective Acupuncture, herbal medicine in Palatine, ILYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have approximately 1,500 hours of clinical training, a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine, and am board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I am licensed by the state of Illinois, and as required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety. 

Acupuncture - Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic in Palatine, IL

Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic
Kathi L. Wotal, L.Ac.,
MSOM, Dipl. OM
600 N. North Court, Suite 230
Palatine, Illinois 60067
Phone: (847) 221-8644

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Acupuncture - Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic in Palatine, IL