About Prickly Pear Acupuncture
At Prickly Pear Acupuncture, I focus on providing individualized holistic (whole person) health care. I spend 15-30 minutes face-to-face with each of my patients every visit. This time is spent asking all the necessary questions to determine the root cause of your issue and develop a treatment plan specific to you. I use a combination of acupuncture, cupping, tuina, herbs, dietary supplements, as well as dietary & life style recommendations to create long lasting results. My approach is designed to help those with difficult and complex conditions and to provide you with the attention and care that you need to be a better you.
Chris Thompson L.Ac (#AC01446)
In high school, Christopher studied Health Sciences and became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2001. That same year he went to state for a HOSA competition in Laboratory Technology. From there, he studied biology and Japanese in college while he contemplated what aspect of medicine he wanted to get into.
In 2008, Christopher began his studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at AOMA: Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. There he trained under internationally recognized experts. During this time his love of medicine blossomed. In 2011, Christopher graduated with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since then, he has been treating people with a wide range of issues including: insomnia, stress, Parkinson’s, muscle and joint injury, pain, asthma, digestive issues, post-stroke recovery, focus and concentration issues, bronchitis, and colds.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete and holistic medical system that has evolved and been improved upon for over 2,000 years into the effective form of health care that it is today. It had been outlawed in China in 1929 as part of China’s initiative to become more Westernized and was illegal in the United States. It was made legal again in China in the 1940’s and an initiative was set out to reconcile acupuncture with Western medicine. It became legal in the United States in 1976 largely due to the efforts of Miriam Lee whom had immigrated from China to the United States.
Acupuncture involves placing fine, sterile filaments at specific acupuncture points on the body. This activates the body’s qi and promotes the body’s natural healing and recuperative power. Much like how people don’t use 100% of their brain and muscles, people don’t use 100% of their body’s natural healing ability. Acupuncture can give a good boost to the body’s natural healing ability. Most often, this is enough to provoke the healing of chronic health issues and speed up recovery of ailments.
What to Expect
Appointments generally last about 1 to 11⁄2 hours. It’s best not to come to your appointment on a full or empty stomach. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes before your appoint to fill out new patient forms. Alternatively, you may download the forms here and bring them filled out before arriving. The acupuncturist will check you in and, after reviewing the intake forms, may ask you a series of detailed questions about your health problems and symptoms, feel your pulse on both wrists, and look at your tongue. After the consultation, the acupuncturist will ask you to remove your shoes and socks and lie down on the table. You may be asked to remove other articles of clothing depending on what area will be receiving treatment. For your comfort and convenience, we offer clean medical gowns that can been worn during the treatment. After swabbing the various acupuncture sites with alcohol, the acupuncturist will insert very thin, sterile, disposable filaments. Although some points are more sensitive than others, the patient will usually feel little to no sensation or discomfort. The metal filaments will be left in for approximately 15-30 minutes. During this time, the practitioner may check on you several times. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing; however, should you experience any pain or discomfort, please alert your practitioner right away so that any adjustments can be made. If your practitioner thinks it would be beneficial to your treatment, he/she may make recommendations for herbal formulas, dietary changes, and/or types or changes in exercise.
After your visit
Plan to take it easy after your treatment. Sometimes after treatment you may feel a little lightheaded or “woozy”. If this is the case, please sit and relax for a while in the waiting area. After a few minutes, you will be relaxed and clear-headed. Herbal prescriptions are intended only for whom they were prescribed and may be inappropriate or harmful to someone else even if they have received the same diagnosis. Very rarely, symptoms may become worse after an acupuncture treatment. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that complete healing may occur. This should pass quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.