Keith Koehler is an acupuncturist practicing in Brick, NJ. He has been helpful with the Holistic Health department on campus and if you have taken some of Sachiko’s classes Keith may have even come into your class to give a talk about what he does. I am also a patient of Keith’s, along with my sister. We both feel we have really benefited from going to acupuncture and now go on a weekly basis. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of ailments including pain, digestive issues, PMS, and acne. If you have any questions about acupuncture, please feel free to email me and I can pass it along to Keith. Keith will also be posting on the blog periodically through out the year.
Acupuncture is a treatment involving the insertion of fine needles into the skin to relieve symptoms (such as pain), strengthen the body’s immune system, and balance the body to facilitate healthy body function.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s qi (pronounced chee). Qi is the body’s life energy. It flows throughout the body in a series of channels. Each channel is connected with a specific organ and has specific physiological functions, as well as emotional and spiritual components. When the qi flow is disrupted the body can experience dysfunction, ill health and/or pain. When the qi is flowing freely through the channels all body functions, such as Sleep, Digestion, Energy, Immunity, Concentration, and Mobility are enhanced.
Does it hurt?
The insertion of the needle is generally painless. Many patients do not even realize when the needle has been inserted. This is because acupuncture needles are solid and hair- fine, unlike a medical hypodermic needle which is thick and hollow. Once all of the needles are in place, the patient usually becomes very relaxed. The lights are dimmed and gentle music is played. Many patients fall asleep during the treatment.
How long is a treatment?
During a treatment needles are retained for twenty to forty minutes, depending on the patient and the condition being addressed.
Some patients feel some relief after the first treatment. Typically, patients feel some consistent relief after three to five treatments. It is usually recommended to receive two to three treatments for two to three weeks, followed by an evaluation to determine the need and/or frequency of further treatment. Complete relief varies from case to case. In general, acute symptoms resolve quicker than chronic or complex conditions.
Is it safe?
Yes. All needles are pre-sterilized, and packaged for single used. During treatment, the acupuncturist opens the needle packages, and inserts the needles, using proper clean needle technique. When the treatment is over, the needles are removed and placed in a biohazard container, just like at a hospital or doctor’s office.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Most insurance companies have plans that cover acupuncture, though coverage varies from plan to plan. The best way to find out if you have coverage is to come in for a consultation, and let the acupuncturist verify your benefits with your insurance company.
Who can be treated with acupuncture?
Everyone from infants to seniors can be treated with acupuncture. Treatments vary accordingly. Infants and toddlers may be treated with acupressure techniques or acupuncture with no needle retention. Children tend to respond very quickly to very little stimulus. With adults and seniors, sensitivity and response to treatment varies, therefore different treatment techniques can be used to achieve the best results for each individual.
What is the most common condition people get treated with acupuncture?
For adults and seniors, pain is the most common complaint. Low back pain tops the chart, followed by neck, hips and knees.
For children, the two most commonly treated complaints are digestive (colic) and respiratory (asthma and allergies) conditions.
Keith Koehler, MAOM, C.A. is a certified acupuncturist (NJ). He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Holistic Health Graduate Program at Georgian Court University. He received his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest school of Chinese medicine in the United States. Prior to acupuncture, Keith earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. Through his studies in acupuncture and health education, Keith has developed a passion for advancing his knowledge of the human body and how to maintain an optimal level of health. When he is not in the office, Keith enjoys staying active through surfing, tai chi, and coaching high school wrestling. His goal is to help others enhance their quality of health, through treatment and education. Keith practices acupuncture out of his office, Koehler Acupuncture location on Drum Point Rd. in Brick, NJ. Please call 732-262-0637 if you are interested in setting up an appointment.
Below are pictures taken in Sachiko’s HH340 Eastern Views of Holistic Health class. Keith came to class to teach the students about acupuncture and also have them try it out.