Candace Gardner, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., L.Ac, LMT

10 N. Virginia St. • Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Located in the lower level of Strelcheck Chiropractic Clinic

815-404-1185 •

 What is Acupuncture and how


                  does it work?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into the skin. The science behind acupuncture combines traditional Chinese medicine theories and contemporary Western medicine research. Chinese medicine refers to meridians in the body, which are pathways of energy. According to Chinese theory, dysfunction in these meridians causes illness. Acupuncture works to balance the meridians and support the body's natural energy stores. In Western terms, acupuncture meridians correlate to nerve, muscle, and blood vessel pathways. By affecting these pathways through needle insertion, acupuncture stimulates healing and offers pain relief.

Common Conditions Treated by


  • Chronic Pain

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Anxiety, Depression,

       & other Mood Disorders

  • Insomnia

  • Headaches

  • Bell's Palsy

  • Muscular Tension

  • Back Pain, Sciatica

  • Blood Pressure Regulation

  • Stress Reduction

  • Seasonal Allergies & Cold/Flu Symptoms

  • Addiction

  • Women's health and 

       Menopause symptoms

  • Weight Management

What to Expect

• Intake Interview •

Your first visit will start with an extensive intake interview in which you and your acupuncturist will discuss many aspects of your life including current complaints, health history, lifestyle, and goals for treatment. It is common for acupuncturists to ask questions that you may not have been asked before; questions about your sleeping pattern, emotional state, digestive function and urinary function are typical.

• Chinese Medicine Diagnosis •

Your acupuncturist will take your pulse and check your tongue. Both the quality of your pulse and the appearance of your tongue are used to formulate your Chinese Medicine diagnosis and your treatment plan.

• Treatment •

Your acupuncturist will begin your treatment by getting you comfortable, typically on a massage table, and exposing the acupuncture points to be used. Common reactions during acupuncture treatment include relaxation, emotional release, itching around the site, or an aching sensation. A typical acupuncture treatment from needle insertion to removal of the needles lasts 20 minutes. Your acupuncturist will continue to check in with your comfort level throughout the entire treatment. Do not hesitate to express questions, fears or concerns during any part of your appointment.

• After the Treatment •

It is common to feel a bit spacey after acupuncture treatment and it is recommended that you give yourself a bit of time before returning to work or other duties. You may feel the therapeutic effects of your treatment immediately or it may take some time to build up in your system. As all treatments are different, your acupuncturist will explain the specific expected effects after each treatment. Typically patients experience some relief of symptoms within 3-6 visits. Do not hesitate to contact your acupuncturists if you are concerned about how you are feeling after your treatment.

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