Health is achieved when the body’s vital energy or qi (pronounced chee) is harmonious and in balance. When the body’s balance is disrupted, disease results. Oriental Medicine uses a variety of techniques, including Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, to bring the body back into balance. Chinese Medicine treats the whole person rather than focusing on a specific disease.
Also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a health care system that views the human body and mind as an integrated and unified whole, each influencing and balancing the other. Health is achieved when the body’s vital energy or qi (pronounced chee) is harmonious and in balance. When the body’s balance is disrupted, disease results. Oriental Medicine uses a variety of techniques, including Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, to bring the body back into balance. Chinese Medicine treats the whole person rather than focusing on a specific disease.
We chose this form of medicine as a compliment to the healing service of this community.
Kim Jacobs obtained her Masters in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (MAOM). Her studies began in Houston, TX and she graduated from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin, TX. She is an NCCAOM Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. Since 2007, she has been practicing acupuncture and clinical nutrition in New Braunfels, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Kim received her Masters degree from the University of Houston in Training and Development. She worked 14 years as an instructional design specialist and consultant in corporations in various field from aerospace to computer technology. From that experience she learned the art of listening to people and developed a keen sense of questioning to find the root cause to an issue. That same skill has been invaluable in working with patients in a form of medicine that listens for the body’s own wisdom and searches for the root cause to an illness.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body’s own natural healing and improving functioning by insertion of very fine needles into specific points. The needles are extremely thin, sterile, single-use and make of stainless steel. Acupuncture is rarely painful, although it is common to feel sensations of heaviness, soreness or distention during the treatment. Acupuncture sessions generally last between 45-60 minutes and include herbal consultation.
An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
Chinese herbology is a major part of our training and is the art of combining different herbal substances to restore health and strengthen the body. Herbal formulas are generally composed of 10-15 herbs and are tailored specifically to each person’s individual health condition. The herbs come in a powder extract, tablet or capsule form. An herbal consultation generally lasts 15-30 minutes
During your first visit, you will be asked many questions about all areas of your health. Some of these questions may seem unrelated to your condition. The more information we have, the more accurate our diagnosis will be as all symptoms add up to a particular pattern and therapy direction. The pulse and tongue are important parts of Traditional Oriental Medicine diagnosis. Your pulse will be felt for strength, speed and quality. Your tongue will be examined for color, texture and coating. This gives us valuable information about all the internal organs.
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and to help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
Many things influence the quallity, quantity and balnce of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise,overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi.
Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption to Qi is prolonged or excessive or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken including questions regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist may check pulses, your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is used to create a comprehensive diagnosis of where the Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. The acupuncture treatment will then commence. This visit will last form 30 - 90 minutes.
There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for 27 individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.
The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people will experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.
Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “tune-ups”.
Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the “Qi sensation”. All these reactions are good and signal the treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Acupuncture needles are tiny, just slightly large than a cat’s whisker or a human hair. Most people feel no pain at all but a few will feel a little pain at the insertion site.
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used only once and immediately discarded after use.
THe needles are typically inserted anywhere from 1/8 in to 1.5 in.
Yes. In some cases children may respond faster than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, the acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or Tui Na.
Today, acupuncturists receive 3 to 4 years of comprehensive and extensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. Graduates must pass a natinal exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.
Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate blood flow and Qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, neck pain and the common cold. The acupuncturist places small glass or plastic "cups" over specific areas of the body. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction. They may be moved over an affected area or left in place. You may leave the office looking as though a large octopus gave you a big hug. There is no need for alarm. The slight redness will dissipate quickly.
Gwa Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension, tightness and constriction. A specialized instrument is used to gently rub the skin over a problem area. Gwa Sha feels like a deep massage. This treatment leaves some redness which dissipates quickly.
Tui Na translates as "push grasp". It is a massage technique that moves Qi in various parts of the body. It is used to relieve muscle pain, tension, inflammation and to heal injuries.
Moxibustion is a treatment that uses an herb called mugwort. It may be burned on the handle of a needle, above the skin, on salt or a slice of ginger. This is used to "warm" the accupuncture points or areas in order to quicken the healing process. .
Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuntcure care. They are used to strengthen, to buld and to support the body. They can also be used to clear the body of colds, fever or acute pain. The acupuncrutist may suggest starting with herbs and then adding acupuncture to your treatment in the future. This is suggested to build up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits acupuncture has to offer.
Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider see if your benefits cover acupuncture. Some information to seek from the insurance provider: number of visits allowed, co-pay, referrals, deductibles.
Acupuncture is recognized by the NIH (National Institute of Health) and the WHO (World Health Organization) to be effective for a wide variety of medical problems. Some of these include: addictions, anxiety, depression, fatigue, fertiility, colds, etc.