Acupuncture is a time-tested natural medicine technique that calls upon the ancient Chinese wisdom to facilitate a profound healing experience.
“I have been seeing Eugene Spence for a number of years and highly recommend his services. He is friendly and caring and very knowledgable about his craft. He has worked with me on back pain, bringing me back after surgeries both knee and shoulder, helped with my digestion, eased stress, headaches, earaches, and generally contributed to a healthier life for me. I cannot imagine not going to see Eugene as I do now on a regular basis of at least twice a month. Every time I leave his office I have a sense of well being that lasts long after I have returned to work and chores…”
“I saw Dr Spence for a strange cyst that developed on my thumb after a scrape. It had been there irritating me for months. He gave me one treatment. I was skeptical at first because it didn’t show any change, but after two weeks it had disappeared, never to return.”
Classical Acupuncture is a health care tradition developed in Ancient China and refined through thousands of years of accumulated clinical wisdom. It is based on the Ancient Chinese understanding that a series of meridians run through the body, connecting the internal organs and functions with the body surface. Something the Chinese call Qi (‘Chee’) and the Japanese call Ki (‘Kee’) circulates through the meridian pathways. Qi can be manipulated at certain points along the meridians. This is commonly done with acupuncture needles.
Health and harmony exist when Qi circulation is plentiful, free and unimpaired. Classical Acupuncture views illness as deriving from imbalances in Qi circulation. You may not have enough, it may be flowing in the wrong direction or it may be stuck somewhere. Your practitioner will determine the nature of your problem using traditional methods of diagnosis. Acupuncture can and is often used in conjunction with Western Medicine.
Japanese Acupuncture is a form developed in recent times, but based on classic Chinese Medical theory. It is generally a very subtle, softer approach that brings about profound healing transformation. The needles are much thinner and are inserted a a very shallow depth. Diagnosis relies less on the intake information but uses palpatory (feeling) techniques and pulse interpretation as its main source of pertinent information. This method is utilized when we want to call upon the more subtle forces of the body to bring about the healing process.
Yes! Acupuncture is more than just needles. The practice of moxibustion is of equal therapeutic value to needling. Moxibustion is the buring of the herb mugwort over acupunture points. Its therapeutic effect is powerful and highly valued by patients. Several other traditional and modern techniques are used to support needle and moxa therapy. These include Cupping, Intradermal (‘take-home needles’), Capillary Release, Magnets, other Polarity agents, Massage, Structural Exercise, Prepared Herbal Remedies, Dietary and Lifestyle advice.
First and foremost, Classical Acupuncture treats the person, not the illness. That is to say, each treatment is specifically designed for you as an individual. Five patients with the same illness may all be treated differently.
Many people believe acupuncture is only for pain relief. This is not true. it is used for many conditions other than pain. In some cases it offers a complete cure. In others, it provides highly effective maintenance. In yet others, it is part of a multi-therapeutic approach.
Allergies ✴︎ Asthma ✴︎ Sinusitis ✴︎ Headaches ✴︎ TMJ ✴︎ Back Pain ✴︎ Sciatica ✴︎ Musculoskeletal Problems ✴︎ Insomnia ✴︎ Anxiety ✴︎ Dizziness ✴︎ Depression
High Blood Pressure ✴︎ Chronic Fatigue ✴︎ Fibromyalgia ✴︎ Addictions ✴︎ Indigestion ✴︎ Constipation ✴︎ Sexual Dysfunction ✴︎ Post-op Recovery ✴︎ Palliative Care
Women’s Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Infertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems
Men’s Health: Prostate, Infertility, and Impotence.
Pediatrics: Asthma, ADHD, Diarrhea, Constipation, Bed-wetting, and Ear Infections.
Preventive Health: Stress Management and Prevention, Seasonal Allergies
When you visit your Medical Doctor, you receive a diagnosis and a treatment. A visit with a classical acupuncturist is no different in that regard. After considering your complete health history, discussing your signs and symptoms, performing Classical pulse and tongue diagnosis and palpating your abdomen (the ‘hara’) and meridian pathways, the practitioner makes a diagnosis. A treatment plan is then tailored to fit your individual needs. The first session (the intake) takes longer as much information needs to be gathered. Treatments after that usually last one hour.
Generally there is no discomfort during an acupuncture treatment. Acupunctures needles are extremely thin. The first treatment is a new experience which, for some people, comes with some apprehension. After one or two treatments, most people come to appreciate the profound sense of calm, balance and relaxation they feel.
Each patient responds differently. Generally, four to eight treatments will indicate whether your condition will respond to acupuncture. Some conditions fully resolve in this many treatments, while others require more. Most often, treatments start out weekly and at some point switch to biweekly or monthly. It is important to understand that treatments are cumulative; each one builds upon the last.
“Eugene Spence knows his acupuncture and is very professional. I have gotten treatments from him off and on for many years. Lately I have been needing help to recover from Parkinson’s symptoms. I don’t expect miracles, but he has helped reduce pain, increase energy, improve digestion, and improve sleep. With his work, qigong, supplements, and meditation, I have been able to reduce my medication, which actually is a miracle according to western medicine. Dr. Spence has helped my family members with a range of issues. He also works in Fairfax and Herndon at times. My 84 year old mom wants him to move to Farmville, VA so she can see him, but I hope he stays around here for a long time.”
Cupping therapy has been an effective treatment for pain and illness for thousands of years. It traditionally has been used in both the east and west for a variety of conditions such as lung ailments, muscle pain and tightness, emotional stress, headaches and fever just to name a few.
Cupping is painless, pleasant and relaxing. It has no side affects aside from a possible temporary darkening of the skin where the cup was placed. Cupping uses a pump to create a vacuum pull on the tissue thereby facilitating better healing blood flow and a release of muscle tension and pain. It has been shown to be more effective than massage in reducing acute and chronic pain.
“Five stars plus! Gene Spence is a consummate, caring professional who has worked wonders for both me and my wife over the last two months. I had never experienced acupuncture before, but for some time have been suffering from lumbar stenosis which was causing ever-increasing shooting pains down both legs and a marked loss of muscle mass in my lower body. A friend recommended Gene to me and I immediately made an appointment with him. He recommended a weekly session, and by the end of the third week I could not believe the striking decrease in pain. My left leg was pain free, and the right one some 75% improved, and the improvement continues with every session. My wife was so impressed by my improvement that she started seeing Gene for a knee and balance problem, with the same dramatic results. I cannot recommend Gene too highly.”
I was born into the world of medicine. My father practiced pediatric medicine in his office, which was the converted garage of our house. I grew up surrounded by the sights, smells, and sounds of medicine and the healing craft.
After my college years, I went on to become a medical radiographer, a career that lasted over ten years. I then graduated to Shiatsu massage, a Japanese pressure therapy based on Oriental medical theory, not unlike that of Acupuncture. After five years of this practice I took the next logical step and enrolled in the well-known New England School of Acupuncture.
I have now been a practicing licensed acupuncturist for more than 13 years.
I chose the field of acupuncture because it is an essential component of any holistic health care approach.
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