Acupuncture is just one part of a complete medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over 10,000 peer reviewed clinical studies have been done to verify the effectiveness of Acupuncture.
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FAQ About Acupuncture
How does Acupuncture Work?
Western Medical Understanding of Acupuncture:
Western Science confirms the effectiveness of acupuncture and how it works. The human body has 2 primary methods of controlling and regulating itself. These are the nervous system and the endocrine system. The brain, spine, and other nerves make up the nervous system, an electrical system similar to the wiring in a home or computer. The endocrine system is a system that uses chemicals to send information instead of electrical impulses. Both of these systems give the brain and other vital organs information about how the body is functioning. They also allow the brain to then control the rest of the body and do things like digest food, breathe, and move.
Rather than identify the millions of individual chemicals and thousands of nerve connections and pathways, Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the body as one unit. The body functions are carried out by Qi (functional activity of the body), and Blood (including all body fluids). The Qi and Blood nourish and fill the organs, bones, and muscles. All of the body's parts and functions are understood in terms of 12 organ systems. Each of these 12 include not only a specific organ but muscles and other structures such as bones and blood vessels. The organ systems also include particular body functions, such as digestion, and emotions.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
The experience of Acupuncture is totally unique and very relaxing. During the initial consultation, the practitioner takes a comprehensive history of health and illness. This provides insight into the overall state of the body, not just a particular symptom. The practitioner asks questions, takes your pulse, examines your tongue.
Once we have the diagnosis, the patient lies down on one of our comfortable beds, needles are inserted, and you rest with the needles in for 20- 45 minutes. Sometimes heat or electrostimulation is applied while you are resting. The initial visit usually lasts about 2 hours including the treatment. Subsequent visits usually last about 1 hour.
It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees are accessible. It is also best not to eat a heavy meal or engage in strenuous activity just before or after your treatment. It is important, however, that you have eaten something the day of your treatment so that your body has nutrients to work with.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation. People often report that they feel some warmth, pressure, or dull aching and that the feeling is unfamiliar but relaxing, or they feel nothing at all.
Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid, and nothing is injected through them. So they have very little in common with the "monster needles" most people remember from their childhood. All of the needles we use are sterilized and disposable.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can treat many symptoms and conditions. Chinese Medicine is especially effective in treating physical symptoms that are related to the tension and stress of modern life. Both the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health recognize Chinese Medicine to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including:
Orthopedic (Pain) Symptoms: Neck pain, Back pain, Shoulder pain, knee pain, tendonitis, arthritis, auto accident injury, foot pain including plantar fasciitis, and fibromyalgia.
Neurological Symptoms: Headaches, sciatica, numbness, muscle weakness, Bell’s Palsy, tremors, paralysis, and seizures.
Respiratory, and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders: Common cold, flu, asthma, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, Allergies, TMJ, vertigo, ear ringing, and recurrent respiratory infections.
Psychiatric / Emotional Symptoms: Insomnia, anxiety, depression, tension, stress, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADD, or ADHD.
Digestive Symptoms: Stomach or abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, anemia, fatigue, and acid reflux.
What other Treatments besides Acupuncture are available?
Please see our Other Treatments page.
How many sessions do I have to have before I will feel better?
For most conditions a reduction in pain is noticed immediately during your very first session. The number of treatments needed to fix or correct the condition, however, varies significantly person to person. Several factors, including the severity of the problem and how long it has been there, are part of what determines how many treatments a specific symptom or condition will need. If we determine that acupuncture may be able to help you, then we will do a series of 4 acupuncture treatments to figure out your individual rate of response, and on your fourth visit we should be able to tell you how many sessions you will need.
How often do I have to come?
The frequency of treatments needed to fix your problem can only be determined after we evaluate and treat you. In most cases we begin with 2 to 3 treatments per week for the first 2 weeks. After we see your rate of response we adjust the frequency according to each individual case.
Where do the needles go?
In our clinic we most often use "The Balance Method" of acupuncture. This means that most often, The acupuncture points used are on the scalp and ears, from the elbows to the fingers, and from the knees to the toes. Consequently, the patient rarely has to take off any clothing, and the treatments are efficient, comfortable and extremely effective. Sometimes we do treat other areas of the body including the abdomen, neck, and back, depending on your condition.
How Safe is Acupuncture?
The Safety record of Acupuncture is outstanding with minor adverse events (usually local bruising) being reported in about 0.1% (1 in 1000) treatments.
Are the needles sterile?
Every needle used in our clinics is a sterile, single use needle. Each needle is used one time. After they are removed, the needles are immediately placed in a biohazard container.
Are there any side effects from Acupuncture?
There are no common side effects other than an occasional bruise.. Some people feel really energized after a treatment, while others feel relaxed. The needles are so thin that even if they were placed right at an artery or vein, they would most often go around them without injury.
Is Acupuncture Tax Deductable?
The short answer is Yes! So keep track of your treatments. The costs of acupuncture and prescribed herbal medicine are indeed deductible as a medical expense. For More information read this article.
IMPORTANT! We are a health care company, not accountants, please consult your Accountant if you need additional information about this topic.
What are the acupoints?
The acupoints are specific points on the body that are sensitive to stimulation with an acupuncture needle, manual pressure, or other means such as heat or laser therapy.
What are the meridians?
The meridians are simply areas or regions of the body. There are 12 major meridians in the body and several "extra" meridians. This system helps us to identify which acupoints will be most effective for a given symptom or condition.