Acupuncture Information & FAQ’s

1 Q: How far down the skin do the needles go?

A: This all depends on certain factors: the constitution, age, and size of the patient as well as the illness or condition the patients suffers from, what parts of the body and points require needling/treatment, and even the style or the school of acupuncture the practitioner follows. More often than not the needles are stuck up to an 1 inch in the skin.

Q: Is Acupuncture painful?

A: Although the Chinese consider acupuncture bu tong (painless), some Westerners tend to classify these sensations as forms of pain. If you feel electric, tingling, distention, heaviness or cramping sensations radiating up or down the energy channel or meridian being treated, or around the needle, then your acupuncturist is on the right track and generating the right stimulation. During an acupuncture procedure, you may feel a certain mild discomfort, but no pain.

Q: Do all acupuncturists use clean needles?

A: As a rule, all practicing acupuncturists in the United States are required to use sterilized needles. Nowadays, almost all acupuncturists use disposable, individually packaged, sterilized needles. These needles should not be reused and saved for other treatments. Using sterilized disposable needles takes out the risk of being infected with a transmittable disease.

Q: How does acupuncture work?

A: After decades of research modern Western medicine still has no explanation how acupuncture works. Based on ancient Chinese theories of Blood (Xue) and Energy (Qi) circulating on energy channels or meridians, similar to the blood vessels and nerves, traditional acupuncture is believed to enable Qi to move away from parts of the body where it is in Excess and flow to parts areas where it is Deficient. In this way, acupuncture normalizes and brings back the harmony and balance of energy of the body. How acupuncture works can be summed in this old Chinese saying:” Pain does not exist if flow is free; if flow is blocked, pain will be felt.”

Q: Are there different types of acupuncture?

A: Yes, there are different types of acupuncture although the treatment itself originated in China. It then spread to Japan, Vietnam, Korea, then the UK, and eventually in America. The style, technique and theory of acupuncture are distinct in each of these countries. To learn more about the type of treatment appropriate for their needs, patients should consult with their acupuncturists.

Q: What standard should I follow in selecting the right acupuncturist to address my needs?

A: The two most important aspects in finding the right acupuncturist are the training and experience of the acupuncturist. Ask your acupuncturist about the school he has been trained and on the duration of the training. You can also ask him/her how long he/she has been practicing acupuncture and if he/she has experience in treating a condition similar to yours. About 50% of the States in the Union require a license to practice acupuncture. If you aren’t sure, ask your acupuncturist if a license to practice is required in your state. If not, then the next best thing to ask is whether your acupuncturist is a certified member of NCCAOM National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). If your acupuncturist is certified, he/she should have a diploma awarded by this organization.

Q: Do I need one or multiple acupuncture treatments?

A: If you are suffering from an acute condition, you probably need just a single treatment. Usually, the number of treatments you will need will be based on the nature of your problem, the magnitude of your problem and how long you’ve had the problem. Generally, chronic conditions can be resolved after 5 to 15 sessions. For certain types of degenerative diseases, you may need several treatments spread out over months or years.

Q: What important things do I need to know about the recommended therapies?

A: The nature of your condition and the recommended treatment should be explained by your acupuncturist. The risks and benefits of the suggested treatment will also be explained as well as the other available treatments options that are available to you by your acupuncturist, a medical doctor, or referral to another acupuncturist. Your acupuncturist will talk to you about treatment expectation after you’ve agreed with his/her treatment recommended. The practitioner will also tell you what to do if the treatment did not go the way you expect and/or if you end up feeling worse.

Q: Do I have to do something specific first before undergoing acupuncture?

A: The following recommendations will help you get the most out of the treatment: 1. To prevent the risk of infection, keep good personal hygiene 2. Avoid wearing jewelry to prevent loss or theft. 3. To help you relax, don’t wear stockings and don loose fitting clothes. 4. Do not get treatment shortly after sex, when you’re upset, full, hungry, or severely tired or fatigued.

10 Q: While undergoing acupuncture should there be something I need to do?

A: 1. First and foremost you need to relax. Don’t be scared as mentioned a while ago. Acupuncture is a painless procedure. Get some tips from your acupuncturist by asking your acupuncturists some questions that will help you optimally benefit from the treatment. 2. Tell your acupuncturist if you feel uncomfortable. Do not move or shift positions abruptly. 3. During an acupuncture procedure some patients may faint, or suffer from shortness of breath, cold sweating, nausea, or vertigo/dizziness. You are likely to experience one or more of these if you are nervous, so stay calm. Promptly tell your acupuncturist so he/she may remove or readjust the needles. If you feel a growing burning sensation or a growing amount of pain, you need to inform your acupuncturist about it. 4. Make sure you tell your acupuncturist if the treatment becomes too intolerable so that he/she can either halt the treatment or make appropriate adjustments.

11 Q: What are the things to expect after the therapy?

A: Some side effects that may arise from acupuncture include a slight bleeding and/or some spot of blood at the needling site(s). Although these are very mild effects, if you are still a bit concerned, then the best thing to do is talk with your acupuncturist. It’s not uncommon to see a patient get immediate and dramatic outcomes after just a single treatment. There are many who experience complete or partial healing of symptoms including pain that may or may not return. In certain instances, prompt relief of pain may not be attained although it dissipates within the next few days; regardless, the patient is expected to feel better.

12 Q: Is acupuncture really effective?

A: Besides being an extremely potent preventative form of treatment, acupuncture is an excellent drug-free cure for symptoms and signs. Tests show that the peripheral and central nervous system can be affected by acupuncture. There is proof that this treatment helps produce and free endorphins from the brain making acupuncture quite ideal for pain control. Acupuncture influences several physiological factors including the amounts of triglyceride, cholesterol, and sugar in the bloodstream as well as endocrine system and gastrointestinal system functions. Working with the body, acupuncture balances and boosts energy and blood flow as well as aids in the quick and complete self healing of the body.

13 Q: Is acupuncture being incorporated into the system of Western Medicine?

A: Since acupuncture has been hugely successful in the treatment of pain, trauma, sports injuries, AIDS, and addictions among others, Western medical physicians have taken a keen interest in incorporating it into their practice. Qualified acupuncturists are trained in Traditional Chinese medicine Diagnosis and Examination and utilize sophisticated system of corollaries to diagnose, resolve, and study the immediate success of treatment. Your acupuncturist will keenly hear about your complaint on your initial visit. This thorough interview will give hi/her important information about the overall pattern of your illness or health. He/she will palpate the nuances in the pulses of your wrist to discover a trove of information about the numerous functions of your body. These can include emotions, the overall look of the skin and face, smell, the appearance of the tongue and the sound of the patient’s voice. The acupuncturist discerns specific patterns in order to determine what certain acupuncture points to use.

14 Q: How does an acupuncturist heal a condition?

A: An acupuncturist skillfully uses one or more traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) techniques to mete out the right treatment. Listed below are the most widely used TCM techniques and their functions:

ACUPUNCTURE – As mentioned before, reputable acupuncturists only use disposable clean single-use needles or painstakingly sterilized needles.

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION – Mild electric currents passing through the needles frees up energy conducting channels all over the body. MOXIBUSTION (moxa herb burned over an acupuncture point) is used to relieve muscle spasm and enhance circulation· ACUPRESSURE (instead of needles the acupoint massaged and stimulated manually).

ORIENTAL HERBS – Clinical Asian herbs are ideal for normalizing and beefing up energy flow throughout the body.

NUTRITION – This therapy brings back balance in the body.

EXERCISE – One specific TCM exercise is Qi-Gong (which is usually demonstrated by your acupuncturist) circulates and strengthens Qi affecting both our motivation and strength during activity. When undergoing acupuncture, some people will be in a seated position while a majority will be lying down. It is the responsibility of your acupuncturist to guide you, help you relax, and receive the most benefit from the therapy. The United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that there are more than 40 health issues that acupuncture can successfully treat. We have listed them for you. Each month new studies in professional journals from all around the world are released describing new uses for acupuncture. In several countries outside Asia including Australia, Europe, and South America and others, acupuncture is the selected treatment for various types of illnesses. In Russia, this treatment is extensively used and is known as “reflexotherapy.” Regardless of body types, acupuncture will work effectively.

15 Q: Can acupuncture improve my health or help stave off future problems even if I am already in good health?

A: Definitely, yes. Traditionally, acupuncture is used to prevent sicknesses. Recent tests have now validated acupuncture’s ability to enhance immune function, which boosts your resistance to pathogenic (viral and bacterial) infections. Overall energy and vitality can be significantly improved with acupuncture. This deep form of healing targets underlying problems bringing profound results and benefits changing people’s lives and improving their emotional health, as well. Several individuals have found out that to maintain good health and the best way to feel “in sync” is with acupuncture tune-ups time to time.

16 Q: Can acupuncture be suggested for acute medical issues or emergency conditions?

A: For dangerous problems such as breathing difficulty or shortness of breath, feeling faint or fainting, dizziness, severe pain, sudden weakness, pressure or pain in the upper stomach or chest, injuries, sudden bleeding, attempted suicide, falls, and tests, surgery, life support equipment, and x-rays are urgently required searching for immediate medical help it is imperative that you first seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital. Depending on the situation and in certain instances, acupuncture first aid can be performed.

17 Q: Should I consult with an MD first or with an acupuncturist?

A: Assuming that your health issue is not included within the aforementioned general guidelines or is not found on the list at the back of this brochure, you can call an acupuncturist on the phone and briefly talk with him/her prior to setting up an appointment. After hearing you out, your acupuncturist should give you a basic idea on how best to proceed.

18 Q: is acupuncture truly effective in enhancing performance of athletes as well as able to resolve injuries related work-out or sports?

A: The answer to that is a definite yes. You can use acupuncture to help accelerate the healing process and resolve the discomfort of a number of sports injuries

19 Q: While under acupuncture treatment can I still take my regular medication?

A: Absolutely. Oftentimes, acupuncture is combined with ongoing conventional care to optimize the benefits of the treatment. Acupuncture can be an ideal adjunct to dental or medical procedures, for fast and much better healing and to neutralize or minimize the harmful effects of some medications.

20 Q: is acupuncture safe for children and even infants?

A: Yes. There are certain types of acupuncture where needles are not used. Studies have confirmed that newborns with jaundice got well after being treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture can successfully treat infants, toddlers, and babies suffering from earache, colic, myopia, cerebral palsy, and bed-wetting. By acquainting their children to acupuncture early in life, a lot of parents have discovered that several childhood conditions can be prevented. For preventative purposes, parents in the Orient are urged to have their children treated every month.

21 Q: Can senior citizens benefit from acupuncture?

A: Yes. One of the greatest benefits of acupuncture for seniors is that is helps strengthen blood circulation. Acupuncture actually can be utilized by people of all ages. It can normalize blood pressure, improve mental clarity, and help treat insomnia. In the Orient, after their diagnosis, stroke patients are strongly advised to get acupuncture treatment as soon as possible. Acupuncture can remarkably reduce or even completely cure stroke-related paralysis.

22 Q: When other therapies don’t work, can acupuncture be an effective alternative?

A: Yes. Medicine whether from the East or the West, has its own special areas in which it is most effective; one of the best features of acupuncture is its diagnostic and treatment system. With thousands of years of accumulated knowledge, this system has a wide and profound understanding of the energetic nature of humans and energy’s effect in a person’s healing. Acupuncture is not bound by Western medicine’s self imposed limitations which assumes that any condition can be explained by biochemistry. Acupuncture definitely works. It is a powerful medicine, regardless of unknown factors or dogma.

23 Q: What are a patient’s expectations during treatment?

A: A majority of those who have tried acupuncture find the treatment to be extremely soothing bringing about a feeling of wholeness and well-being. Because most people associate acupuncture with needles, they become surprised at how at ease they are at the placement of the needles and how relaxing the procedure can be. It is not uncommon to see some patients doze off during treatment. It is that relaxing. Some patients may react to a slight sensation when a needle is inserted that is immediately replaced with a “surging” or “dull” sensation when the needle hits the appropriate point or de qi. Filiform needles are used to ensure that pain is not felt. You can be assured that these hair-thin acupuncture needles are not the same needles used (those are hypodermic needles) in hospitals for drawing blood or for injection.

ACUPUNCTURE TRULY WORKS – HERE”S PROOF

For the first time scientists have now been able to photograph acupuncture pathways (known as meridians) in the body. Top medical experts say that this gives scientific credence for the insertion of needles in patients to treat injuries and cure illnesses. During the study, an innocuous radioactive material known as technetium was injected by doctors into the arms and legs of the patients. The doctors used a special camera to trace the material’s flow along the mysterious channels which the Chinese have known existed thousands of years ago. Neck Hospital medical doctor and acupuncturist, Jean Claude Darras said that “as we followed it, we observed that the technetium flowed along lines that matched those of traditional acupuncture”. The study also showed that when acupuncture points are stimulated it accelerated the technetium’s flow. And when an acupuncture point was stimulated by the doctors on one side of the body, they noticed that both sides of the body got similar results. They then injected the technetium into other parts of the body. It resulted in merely the formation of little blobs and no line was formed.

In the above right photo ACUPUNCTURE PATHWAY is very much evident. The photo shows movement of the injected technetium into an acupuncture point. Above left photo shows a blob forming when the technetium was injected into another part of body.

INSURANCE & PAYMENT METHODS

Nowadays, a lot of insurance companies offer plans that cover acupuncture treatment. To make sure your insurance is reimbursed the office will provide the necessary paperwork and receipts. Check (for established clients) and cash are accepted by the Center. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

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