What is acupuncture?

The word acupuncture means different things to different people, so what follows is not a dictionary definition of the word. This is what I, Austin Homrighaus, say acupuncture is, based on how I’ve learned what I was taught, and what I’ve seen in the treatment room.

Acupuncture helps you regain or maintain your balance and flow.

Health isn’t something static that, once achieved, you have forever.

We, as human beings, are in a constant state of flux. There is no such thing as perfect health. In every moment, we are affected by our world.

The people, places, and things in our lives have impact, positive and negative. Our bodies are affected. Our minds and emotions are affected. Our spirit is affected. How you are impacted is unique to you.

Health is your ability to maintain proper balance and flow, so that you may dance with life, however it is showing up for you.

Balance is your ability to take in whatever your world has to offer you.

Flow is your ability to move through whatever your world is offering you, in every moment.

Acupuncture is unique, individual medicine.

What we do in the treatment room will be designed for you, unique to our patient/practitioner relationship. It is not cold, scientific, cut and dry you-have-X-I-give-you-Y medicine.

Whether you are dealing with chronic pain, seasonal allergies, rehabbing an injury, or just feel off in a way that's hard to put into words, acupuncture can help you.

My tools as an acupuncturist include my senses, my words, guided breathwork, bodywork, dietary and lifestyle advice, moxibustion, and acupuncture needles.

Moxibustion involves using a herb called moxa (dried Artemisia vulgaris, aka mugwort or wormwood) either directly or indirectly on the skin to warm, smooth, or stimulate energy and structure.

Acupuncture needles vary in length, but I mostly use 1/2" and 1" needles, depending on which part of your body I am accessing acupuncture points.

These are not needles you'd imagine from your childhood experiences getting shots at the doctor. They are similar to cat whiskers in width and flexibility. They are sterile, one- time use only. Needles are inserted to specific depths (typically 1/4"-1/2") at specific points on the body.

Should you be afraid of needles, we can explore that before treatment. In my experience, once you see the needles, you may be willing to give it a try. If not, it's ok. There are other options, such as using tuning forks or acupressure (using my thumb or index finger to press on points), that yield the same results as needles.

My promise to you as a patient:

You will be listened to and treated with respect.

I will use my training to meet you where you are,

to assist you in living the fullest life you can live.