"If you want the truth,
I'll tell you the truth;
Listen to the secret sound,
the real sound,
which is inside you."
What is Japanese acupuncture?
Using the Japanese style of palpation-based acupuncture treatment, the body is first examined for imbalances structurally and energetically. After a complete assessment, needles are placed on acupuncture points, to elicit immediate release of the painful areas. Your body reveals what treatment you need at that moment. Additional treatment points are also added to provide relief for your specific health concern, whether it be lowering blood sugars or decreasing neck pain.
What Conditions May Be Treated?
Hypertension, Raynaud’s Disease
Acid Reflux/Heartburn, Nausea and Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis
Diabetes, Thyroid dysfunction
Acute and chronic pain, including: Postoperative Pain, Neck pain, Low Back Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Knee Pain, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, TMJ dysfunction
Headaches, Migraines, Neuropathy, Numbness, Multiple Sclerosis, Phantom Limb Syndrome, Seizures
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Post-Tramautic Stress Disorder, Insomnia, Eating Disorders
Allergies, Asthma, Upper Respiratory Infection
Infertility, Induction of Labor, Malposition of Fetus, Morning Sickness
PMS (premenstrual syndrome), Irregular Menses, Menopausal Symptoms, Endometriosis
Detoxification (or Detox)
Tobacco cessation, Narcotic weaning, Allevation of side effects of medications (including chemotherapy)
How does Acupuncture work?
Realigning the fascia and structure of your anatomy
Altering nervous system stimulation
Promoting release of natural endorphins
Improving your immune system
According to traditional Chinese medicine, promoting the natural flow of qi, or energy, in your body
What should I expect during a treatment?
Your first treatment will include a general intake of your current medical history. You should allow 2 hours, and will receive an acupuncture treatment for about 60 minutes in that time.
Follow-up appointments may last for 45-60 minutes.
Each treatment is divided into 2-3 parts, with needles being changed approximately every 20 minutes.
Acupuncture needles are pre-packaged, pre-sterilized and disposable; all needles are only used once for each patient. The needles are very thin, and are approximately the size of a cat’s whisker. Many patients, even those who are afraid of needles, report not feeling any discomfort during the treatment at all. For infants and children, magnets may be used instead of needles.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the chronicity and nature of the presenting condition. Acute symptoms may be treated in 1-4 sessions, whereas chronic conditions may require further treatments. Each individual will require treatments based on how he or she is responding, and overall constitution. Some patients find relief from these initial treatments, and do not need to come back for follow-up. Other patients may need to come periodically, such as every 2-4 weeks, as a measure for prevention.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Wear comfortable and loose clothing. No escort is needed. Avoid activities that may be stressful or stimulating for up to 6 hours after the treatment. This would include overexertion, exercise, and also drinking alcohol or taking any other drugs. Allow for time to relax after the treatment.
How will I feel after the treatment?
Patients have different responses after treatment, including feeling euphoric or calm. Others report feeling lightheaded or tired. Alleviation of presenting symptoms may occur after the initial treatment, or it may take several treatments to feel results.
Can children receive acupuncture?
Yes, acupuncture may be very helpful for children for a variety of conditions.
Yoga is a study that promotes mindfulness and awareness of your present wellbeing. The physical practice, or asana, encourages an understanding of the mind-body connection. A simple yoga practice can empower you to make changes in your nervous system, muscle patterns, and emotional state. Dr. Cheema offers yoga classes focused on decreasing stress and promoting deep relaxation through mindfulness and attention to the breath and body.
Private instruction is available on a limited basis. Please contact for further information.
In a holistic approach to pain management, the individual is seen as a whole, rather than as an isolated muscle, nerve, or skeletal structure. Dr. Cheema makes a comprehensive assessment of her patient’s current needs prior to treatment. She works in collaboration with her patients to find a customized treatment plan, which may incorporate Western and Eastern modalities. Optimal pain management practices empower patients to learn methods to treat their symptoms in collaboration with medical support. Appropriate medication, in addition to adjuncts such as physical and biobehavioral therapies, can relieve suffering more effectively and improve quality of life. Dr. Cheema does not prescribe narcotics in her private practice.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Headaches, Migraines, Neck pain, Shoulder Pain, Knee Pain, Low Back Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Sciatica, Muscular Pain, Trigger Points