Acupuncture is part of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM originated in China and is used throughout South East Asia for over 3500 years. It remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Acupuncture involves the placing of small, sterile needles in pre-set points across the body. In ancient traditional medicine, it was said that there were channels, also known as meridians that run across the body, often compared with rivers. If these rivers get stuck, much like a river being dammed, people get sick. The needles unblock the dam and allow the rivers to flow. When inserting needles the nervous system is accessed and also the other more subtle communication systems of the body, like the endocrine system. Acupuncture causes the body to release chemicals that do one of two things. They either interrupt the signal of pain, which is why acupuncture is so well known for pain relief, or they provoke a cascade of other chemicals that invoke your body’s own healing ability and self-regulating systems. For more info please click the link
Recognized by the WHO and NIH
Acupuncture treats a wide variety of complaints. It complements Western medicine and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute for Health (NIH).
Below is a list of some commonly treated conditions. This list is by no means complete. For a more complete list, check the WHO link. If you have questions regarding your condition please call me at 06-46713209.
- Low Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Neck Pain
- Joint Pain
- Acid Reflux
- Disc Problems
- Sprains and Strains
- Muscle Cramping
- Pelvic Pain
- Chronic and Acute Conditions
- Post-Operative Pain
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Facial Pain
- Bell ’s Palsy
- Allergies and Sinus Congestion
- Common Cold
- Smoking Cessation
- Abdominal Pain
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Uterine Fibroids
- Ovarian Cysts
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL IMBALANCES
- Panic Attacks
- Sleep Disturbances
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
- Increased Energy
- Reduced Stress
- Improved Digestion
- Improved Circulation and Metabolism
- Improved immune function
It is my philosophy that natural therapies provide the least invasive route of treatment for most ailments. These modalities should be tried first before attempting more invasive procedures.
My name is Petra van der Wildt. I am a licensed acupuncturist and received my training from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago while living in the US. After moving back to the Netherlands I received further training and earned my Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Shenzhou Open University in Amsterdam.
I have also taken numerous additional courses including auricular acupuncture to deepen my knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and will continue to do so in the future.
In both Chicago and in the Netherlands I have received ample in-house clinical training with well-established acupuncturists such as Dr. Weixiang Wang, Dr. Fengli Yao and Stephen Bonzak.
I am a registered member of the professional association Zhong (Dutch association of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
For as long as I can remember I have always had an interest in holistic medicine and nutrition. My first experience with acupuncture was during personal fertility treatments. As I lay on the treatment table I was dumbstruck with the sensations I felt running through my body as soon as the needles were inserted. I would describe it as a flowing sensation of sorts, like tingling and rippling of a current. It was a pleasant feeling and I became acutely aware of its energetic healing impact.
A treatment will be much more than just applying a few needles. I will pay full attention to you and your general wellbeing.
FIRST TIME ACUPUNCTURE
If you have never experienced acupuncture before, here are some things you should know:
- All acupuncture needles are sterile and thin as a human hair. They are used only once and then disposed of.
- Most insertions are completely painless although sometimes patients experience a mild sensation that only lasts a brief moment. Many patients are surprised to find treatment to be very pleasurable, often bringing them into a deep state of relaxation.
- The benefits of acupuncture are often felt immediately after the first treatment. Acupuncture builds on itself with each treatment, returning the body to a natural state of health.
Preparing your first visit at IAM
If it is your first time, I recommend you to fill out the new patient intake form (see below). Please send me the form by email, preferably a few days before your treatment. If this doesn’t work for some reason then please bring it with you on the day of your first visit. We will go over it together so by filling it in beforehand you will save a little extra time.
- Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing that will allow access to your arms and legs below the elbows and knees.
- It is always a good idea to eat a little something before coming in.
- Please bring a list of all medications and supplements, as well as any medical reports that may pertain to your current condition.
|Initial consultation incl. treatment (90 min)
|Subsequent visits (60 min)
|Home visits (60 min)
Massage Therapy (reflexology)
|Nutritional advice and Holistic coaching are on case by case basis
Depending on patients pattern syndrome (symptoms) the above treatments are combined with the following modalities: Reflexology, Moxa, Cupping, Nutritional advice and Holistic coaching.
Payment is made in cash. After your payment, you will receive an invoice that can be reimbursed with your insurance company. In some cases, you will only get partial covering by your insurance company.
Dutch basic insurance does not cover acupuncture yet, but if you have additional insurance, the chances are good that you will get your treatments reimbursed.
How can you find this out?
Please call or email 24 hours in advance to cancel your appointment.
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Petra van der Wildt
Please feel free to contact me about any question you may have about your specific health issue, or to set up an appointment.
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