Friday, May 22, 2009

Free Mini Consultations Sunday May 24th, 2009 at the Sebastopol Wellness Fair

Want to enjoy the sunshine this Sunday in Sebastopol? Why not attend the Sebastopol Wellness Fair located at Whole Foods Plaza? I and many other excellent health providers will be showcasing our talents and wellness related services. You can find me in front of Whole Foods in Sebastopol, CA from 10-2pm Sunday May 24th providing free tongue and pulse diagnosis. This is a great way to get to know me as a practitioner, to ask any questions you may have about acupuncture and to find out about how acupuncture, herbs, Reiki and TCM Spiritual Psychology can help you. Find out a little bit about what your tongue and pulse says about your health condition. Find out how Chinese Medicine views you as a complete being with inter-related mind, body and spirit. Bring a friend.Call Kat at (707) 775-8311 for more information or visit me at

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Santa Rosa, CA Acupuncturist Answers Question: How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

Clients new to acupuncture often wonder: "How long do I have to return to treatments before I feel better?" Although this is a great question, the correct answer usually is: "It depends." One of my teachers in Grad School told us that the correct answer to many questions about acupuncture is "It depends." While at the time I thought he was just being smart, over time I've come to appreciate just how individualized an art acupuncture is and how this answer reflects that truth. So although there in not one cookie cutter answer to this question, we can talk about general principles that affect how quickly a person will heal. Here are a few.

1. A person should (and always does in my practice) receive some benefit even from one treatment. It may not be completely the desired end result, but they should walk away a little more relaxed, a little less in pain or somehow one step forward on their path to healing.

2. Treatments build on the previous results assuming they are spaced closely enough together. Thus, people should receive greater results after say three treatments than just one.

3. Generally, the longer one has had an illness or a pain, the longer it will take for it to respond to treatment and be healed. Thus, acute illnesses will heal quicker than chronic problems.

4. Young people generally heal quicker than older people.

5. People of strong constitution may return to health quicker, but people of delicate nature may respond well to the subtle nature of acupuncture.

6. People who have other forms of support: family, friends, community, or other health practitioners may heal quicker.

7. People willing to make changes in diet and lifestyle or take herbs along with coming for acupuncture tend to respond faster.As you can see, there are many factors that will affect the number of treatments needed for acupuncture. In addition, people often find that once their initial goal for treatment has been met there are other issues that they would like to address. So the process can continue on in deeper ways and begin to address underlying deficiencies and patterns of psychological and spiritual imbalance.

If you would like a mini consultation about how acupuncture might help you or an initital recommendation for a treatment plan, call Kat Delse, L.Ac at (707) 775-8311 or visit

Headache Relief without Medication

Did you know acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Remedies can be very effective in relieving headaches? Many Americans suffer from chronic headaches that can benefit from the wisdom of Chinese Medicine. Just as there are different types and causes for headaches in western medicine, there are various differentiations for headaches in Chinese Medicine. Some causes and related conditions include:

2.Stress and Tension
3.Menstruation related
4.Fatigue and or not enough sleep
5.Common Cold
6.High Blood Pressure

In order for a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to best help you it may be helpful for you to reflect on the following questions and come prepared to answer them.
1.Which part of the head is the pain located in?
2.What time of day or circumstances does it arrive?
3.What seems to be helpful to alleviate it? What have you tried that doesn't work?
4.What is the quality of the pain? Does it feel dull, sharp, throbbing, fixed, moving, numb, empty?

All of this will be useful information to share with your practitioner.If you or someone you know in Sonoma County, Ca suffers from headaches, call Kat Delse, L.Ac. at (707) 775-8311 or visit to find out how you can find relief today.