with Eileen Karn, L.Ac., Dpl. CH.
Since 1985, Eileen Karn has helped thousands gain optimal health by strengthening the body, calming the mind and energizing the spirit.
A beneficial aspect of Oriental Medicine is the training acupuncturists have in detecting imbalances in the body and addressing them before they become more serious problems. As a recognized expert in her field, Eileen Karn offers gentle Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition Response Testing™, and the highest standard of alternative health services to the Fairfield County community. Your good health is her mission.
Acupuncture is not only effective for treating problems, but Acupuncture along with Herbal Medicine is also a time-tested means of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing future health problems. Together, they form a powerful combination that can be used effectively to treat many ailments without the side effects associated with other types of medicine.
Eileen works closely with you to determine the best way to meet your individual needs, and always takes the time to answer any questions you may have.
Acupuncture Initial Consultation and Treatment
Your first visit will begin with an in-depth assessment of your condition and an initial treatment. The intake and treatment may take up to 1-1/2 hours. Typical treatments afterwards last approximately 45 minutes.
Pricing for a series of sessions is available, which lowers the cost of treatment.
We will work with you to design a custom program for maximizing the effects of the acupuncture and making it affordable.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
How does Qi move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body. The diagram to the left shows the meridian pathways in the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and glands.
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
How is Qi disrupted?
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands.
Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.
What does an acupuncturist do?
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.