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Acupuncture FAQ's

How does Acupuncture work?

What is Acupuncture?

What does Acupuncture feel like? Does it hurt?

What can you treat with Acupuncture?

How long is each treatment? How many treatments will I need?

Do the results last? Or, are they temporary?

What is Acupuncture?

 Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into "acupuncture points" on the body with the goal of re-establishing health and well being. Originating in China thousands of years ago, it is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world. In the United States, Acupuncture has been available since 1972.  It is used by nearly one-third of the world as a primary health care system and many more as an adjunct therapy. The fundamental principles of Acupuncture are similar to those in Naturopathic Medicine, and are to treat the person as an integrated whole in body, mind and spirit; and to direct treatment at the underlying cause of a patient's illness, rather than treating the symptomatic expression.

How does Acupuncture work?

  Acupuncture is based on the movement of Qi (pronounced "chee").  Qi is the energy force in a person's body that flows along channels to all organs of the body and facilitates them in healthy functioning. Qi is the life force inside of you, the spiritual energy, and it is what gives you vitality. According to theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are invisible channels through which qi circulates throughout the body, called meridians.  When the Qi in the body is plentiful and free flowing, the body is balanced and healthy.  If Qi is obstructed or weakened, symptoms arise as an expression of the imbalance.  If the underlying problem is not attended to, illness may begin to affect the body, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally.An imbalance in a person's body can result from inappropriate emotional responses such as: excess anger, over-excitement, self-pity, deep grief and fear. Environmental factors such as cold, damp/humidity, wind, dryness, and heat can also cause imbalance in the body, as well as unhealthy diet, too much sex, overwork and too much exercise.

It is the body' natural inclination to self-correct imbalances in Qi, and maintain homeostasis, so that recovery from illness will be achieved in due time.  Symptoms that persist, however, are a sign of an imbalance on a deeper level.  Acupuncture looks to the fundamental disharmony and focuses treatment on both the origin and the symptoms brought on by the imbalance.

There are approximately 360 points that Acupuncturists use to influence Qi. Historically, acupuncture points were believed to be holes that allow entry into channels. These holes provide gateways to influence, redirect, increase, or decrease body's vital substance, Qi, thus correcting many of the imbalances.To re-establish the balance, the acupuncturist stimulates the acupuncture points that will counteract that imbalance. This is done with the use of very fine needles, moxabustion, pressure, and magnets. In this way, acupuncture can effectively rebalance the energy system and restore health or prevent the development of disease.When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, Acupuncture is safe and effective, and free from adverse or addictive side effects.

What does Acupuncture feel like?  Is it safe?

back.jpg  Acupuncture needles have a small diameter, scarcely larger than the thickness of several human hairs.  Only top quality stainless steel, pre-sterilized, single use, disposable needles are used.  The insertion of the needle beneath the skin's surface is gentle and light, and the sensation from the needle varies from person to person.  Most points you won't even feel, some will be a quick pinch, and some will be a dull ache or tingle.

What can Acupuncture treat?

 Acupuncture is well known in the United States for pain relief, but it successfully treats a diverse group of illnesses and problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of acupuncture indications as follows:

  • Abdominal distention/flatulence
  • Acute and chronic pain control
  • Allergic sinusitis
  • Anxiety, fright, panic
  • Arthritis/arthrosis
  • Back pain (Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes)
  • Bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel)
  • Chemotherapy nausea
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Drug detoxification
  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere disease), tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
  • Paresthesias
  • Persistent hiccups
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-traumatic and post-operative ileus
  • Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia)
  • TMJ Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
  • Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect)

Additionally, According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture may be considered as a complementary therapy for the conditions in the list below:

  • Anorexia
  • Cough with contraindications for narcotics
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infections, cold, and flu
  • Infertility
  • In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
  • Insomnia
  • Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, post herpetic pain, other)
  • Phantom pain
  • Post-op and dental pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome, menstrual disorders
  • Selected skin disorders (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
  • Seventh nerve palsy
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sprains and contusions

How long is each treatment?  How many treatments will I need?

The initial visit will run slightly longer than regular visits, because information about your medical and family history, life situation, as well as information from a brief physical examination are gathered.   Acupuncture is based upon harmony among all the features and characteristics of a person (mind, body, and spirit), and all aspects of a person's life must be addressed, including lifestyle stresses and symptoms.  From this visit, the underlying energetic imbalance influencing your well being will be determined.

At following visits, a brief update on your life situation, symptoms and bodily systems is taken. Treatment is designed to restore balance, remove obstructions, and replenish Qi.  The average session lasts about 30 minutes, and the number of sessions an individual needs will vary.  Some conditions may only require a couple of visits while more persistent cases may require up to 15 or more sessions.  Usually, after six weeks of weekly sessions, your energy begins to maintain a balanced state for longer intervals, and the time between sessions will increase (so you will have treatments less often).  To maintain health and balance in the body, Acupuncture sessions at the change of seasons or during times of stress present an opportunity to adjust minor imbalances.

People often report other advantages to Acupuncture, such as increased energy and vitality, more restorative sleep, healthier appetite, more enjoyment of life, better handling of stress and an overall sense of well being in addition to treating their chief concern.

Do the results last, or are they temporary?

For acute imbalances with little or no organ system or tissue damage, results can be permanent.  For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time, but normally a few additional sessions are adequate enough to achieve relief.  It is advised that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for an enhancement session to balance their Qi a couple of times per year.

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