Common Questions about
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done
by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
DOES IT WORK?
For thousands of years Chinese Medicine has
acknowledged that there is a vital life force (called “Qi”) that flows though
all things. In the west it is often referred to as “energy”. Energy (Qi) flows
along pathways (meridians) in the human body. These pathways are related to the
organs and the tendon-muscular system. When the
balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications,
stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional
issues, pain or illness results. Acupuncture focuses on correcting these
energetic imbalances by breaking up obstructions and encouraging the flow of
Qi, which stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
WHAT IS A TREATMENT LIKE?
The practitioner will diagnose
your condition with a thorough examination, which will include medical history,
pulse and tongue examination and meridians palpitation. A treatment plan is than made accordingly.
Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible, sterile, disposable needles are placed at specific points on
the energetic pathways, known as meridians. When the needles are inserted, you may experience
one or more sensations like tingling, heaviness, fullness, and warmth. People are surprised to
find that treatments are actually quite relaxing. Many people fall asleep during the treatment.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
While acupuncture is often
associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, it has much
broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the
support or adjunct to other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical
disorders. In fact, the best part of Acupuncture is to prevent
diseases, maintain the optimal health and promote logevity.
One of the most popular and effective applications of Acupuncture is
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncturealso called Acupuncture Facelift
The World Health Organization
recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical
for a list of sample conditions that can be successfully treated by Acupuncture.
MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Since each individual is unique,
the length and frequency of treatments may vary from person to person and will be determined
by the acupuncturist depending on the individual condition. For complex or long-standing
conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute
problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for health maintenance, several sessions
a year may be all that is necessary.
THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS? IS IT SAFE?
Usually there are no side effects and it is safe.As energy is
redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins
to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general
changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination pattern, or emotional state may be
triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the
acupuncture is starting to work.
It is quite common with the first
one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation
immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require
anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
Acupuncture is a safe medical procedure and is well known for its efficacy and lack of
side-effects when administered by a qualified practitioner.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?
People experience acupuncture
needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted;
some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.
Acupuncture needle are very thin,solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is
smooth;there is no hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle.Insertion through the
skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin
irritation is less than when using a hollow needle. Since the needles are disposable and used only once,
there is no risk of infection from the treatments.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY WORK?
Yes. In the past 2000 years, more
people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health
modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia,Russia and Europe.
It is now being used more and more in America by patients and practitioners.
Acupuncture treatments can be given
at the same time as other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine,
osteopathic or chiropractic prescriptions. It is important that your acupuncturist know
everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all
BE PREPARED ON THE DAY OF A TREATMENT
The way that acupuncture works, is to activate the
body's ability to heal itself. To enhance the value of acupuncture treatment,
the following guidelines are important:
Do not eat an unusually large meal, ice-cold foods or have ice drinks immediately
before or after your treatment. Do not come with an empty stomach to the treatment.
Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic
or caffeine within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
Do not brush your tongue or suck on colored candies, etc., on treatment days as
we have to see your tongue in its natural state. This is an important part of our
On the day of your Acupuncture treatment, plan having massage, chiropractic treatment
or other therapies before Acupuncture, not after. On the next day is fine.
correct and detailed information about yourself and your problem to the
Doctor.Diagnosis is made according to the information you supply.
A correct diagnosis is critical for making the most effective treatment plan for
the Doctor know, if you have any of the following conditions: pregnancy or
possible pregnancy, taking blood thinning medicine or having problem with
blood coagulation, having a pacemaker, autoimmune conditions, infectious
diseases, and diabetes.
Ware comfortable cloths and minimun jewels.Before
being treated, empty your bladder. After the needles are set in your body,
try not move the part where you have needles to avoid experiencing too strong
sensitions. Feel free to request any support to make yourself comfortable during
the treatment. It is cretical to the Acupuncture result,if you can relax
or take a nap during your treatment.
the needles are set in your body, you will experience some sensations like
heaviness,pressure,numbness, soreness, warmth,extension, tingling and so on.
That tells us that the needles are working. During the treatment, try to be relaxed
in both mind and body;keep your concentration on your body and try to
feel what every needle is doing in your body and if there is a connection
between the needle and the area where your problem is located. Report your
feeling to the Doctor.
Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest,
or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially
important for the first few visits.
Do not take a bath or shower for several hours after a treatment.
If possible do this in the following morning.
Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment.
This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be
designed to best help you and your condition. Each follow-up treatment will be adjusted
with the progress or change of your condition.
Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.
Please call us at 719-634-1669,if you ever have any questions or concerns following your treatment.