Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine?


Classical Chinese Medicine draws its treatments directly from the ancient texts. As China progressed in its evolution into a modern society, many of the classical ways to treat illness were deleted from the teachings. Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) works with 60 channels in the body, whereas the more modern form (called Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM) focuses on only 12 channels. Having many more channels to work with allows the Classical practitioner several different avenues to treat the illness.  With a strong connection to the emotions, CCM sees emotional and physical imbalances as equally valid for treatment. CCM treats a person as a whole being, honoring the mind, body and the emotions.

How will I feel during and after my treatment?

Many patients feel very relaxed during treatment and it is not uncommon to fall asleep during this time. Other sensations may occur throughout the body as the Qi cycles through the channels.  Feelings of heaviness in the body, tingling, or 'rushes of energy' are commonly reported, but they are not necessary to receive the full benefits of acupuncture.

How many treatments will I need?

The treatment plan varies from patient to patient and from illness to illness. After the initial consultation, the practitioner will suggest a treatment plan and a reevaluation is done after a certain amount of treatments. The patient and practitioner mutually decide if treatment should continue, and what modifications to make.

What does Classical Chinese Medicine treat?

Everything! Many people think Chinese Medicine is helpful only for pain management, but below is a list of conditions that acupuncture can treat:


  • chronic and acute pain

  • emotional traumas

  • headaches

  • menopause symptoms

  • stress

  • insomnia

  • allergies

  • PTSD

  • depression/anxiety

  • cancer support

  • infertility

  • gastrointestinal disorders

  • fibromyalgia

  • painful/irregular menses

  • genetic disorders

  • constitutional weaknesses

'Dyanna practices a transformational medicine. She has helped me reset my thinking and cleared a path for me to move forward in a healthier, happier state of mind...all with a few needles. She has such a gentle, experienced touch that sometimes you don't realize there are needles involved! I credit her with helping me wake up to a new perspective.'



Katherine Duffy

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