FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is a family of procedures originating in Vietnam and China too, the most well known of which involves penetration of specific anatomic locations on the skin, called acupuncture points, by thin, solid, generally metallic needles. Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used forms of natural, traditional medicine in the world—dating back 5000 years. It is based on the ancient Traditional theory of the flow of Qi (Energy/Yang) and Xue (Blood/Yin) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover and fill the body, somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. Healthy, open meridians where energy and blood can flow freely are essential for optimal health.
The body has approximately one thousand acupuncture points. Electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.
Acupuncture treatment is rendered based on Eastern medical diagnosis, which includes an assessment of pulse quality, shape and color of the tongue, medical history, and whole-body evaluation. Acupuncture work to treat the whole patient and the root of a problem.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Following the Eastern Medicine diagnosis, acupuncture needles are inserted into the body at specific points along acupuncture “meridians,” or pathways, which stimulates the body’s healing energy or Qi, the highest form of acupuncture was given to enable you to live a long, healthy life.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well being. The treatment of acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of illnesses.
Under a technically correct handle of the acupuncturist or Traditional Medicine physician, the needles trigger the nervous system, releasing painkilling and inflammation-reducing substances. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient, and away from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores a harmonious energetic balance in the body.
In Traditional Medicine there is a saying: “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE TREATED BY ACUPUNCTURE?
On November 5, 1997, a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that there is clear evidence that acupuncture needle treatment is effective for nausea and vomiting from the postoperative conditions as well as chemotherapy, morning sickness, and postoperative dental pain. The 12-member panel also concluded in their consensus statement that there are a number of other pain-related conditions for which acupuncture may be effective. These conditions include but are not limited to fibromyalgia (general muscle pain), low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.
In our clinic, acupuncture has been very effective for many illnesses such as these
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- Foot pain
- Knee pain
- Stress disorders
- High blood pressure
- Carpal tunnel
- Acute/chronic back pain
- Bell’s Palsy
- Trigeminal neuralgia
NEUROLOGICAL / NERVOUS SYSTEM
- And many other female health problems
- Infertility (female/male)
- Menstrual pain
- Common cold
- Allergies/hay fever
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Smoking Cessation
- Assist Cancer Therapies
- Meniere’s disease
- Car accident complication and more
WHAT TYPES OF NEEDLES ARE USED?
What is Electro-Acupuncture?
Electro-Acupuncture is when the acupuncture needles are inserted and then attached to a small device that puts out a tiny electrical current. This current runs through the needles and increases the efficacy of the treatment. It feels like a light pulse and is not painful or uncomfortable. It acts to increase the strength of the treatment.
What is Heat Therapy?
Our clinic uses special medical heat lamps designed and Moxibustion (Herbs) for acupuncture to apply heat to the areas where needles are inserted. The heat warms the needles and transmits the warmth inside meridians of the body, brings down inflammation, relaxing, increases circulation and making it easier to rest during treatment.
What is Laser Acupuncture?
Most patients feel nothing at all during laser acupuncture and perhaps the greatest advantage of laser acupuncture is that it’s completely painless. Most lasers used in acupuncture are known as low-level lasers or “cold lasers,” (because they don’t produce heat.). These are not the same as lasers used for laser surgery.
Wavelength: This refers to the color of the laser and is measured in nanometers (nm). At the high end of the color spectrum, we find violet and ultraviolet in the 400 nm range. At the low end of the spectrum, we find infrared light at 700 nm and above. Common acupuncture wavelengths are red, in the 635-650 nm range. Other colors you may find available are blue, ultraviolet and green. Different wavelengths have different applications.
Studies show that low-level Lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate hair growth, hiccups, bedwetting, weight loss, postoperative nausea and vomiting, pain control, surgical anesthesia, dental anesthesia, carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, and stroke-related paralysis. Obviously, as more studies are performed, more information will be found.
The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition or a series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time, as well as Traditional Medicine herbs and lifestyle and dietary changes.
How many treatments will I need?
This clinic uses only sterilized individually packaged disposable needles. The needles come in various sizes. Depending upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, and the patient’s size, age, and constitution, needles can be inserted from ¼ to 3 inches in depth.
How does acupuncture feel?
At the time the needle is inserted, one may feel slight pain; some patients describe it as an “ant sting.” While the needles remain inserted, for approximately 25 minutes, the patient may feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or an electrical sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In any case, if you experience any discomfort after the treatment, it is usually mild and short term. Because the purpose of acupuncture is to balance your body, there are no long-term negative side effects. On the contrary, relaxation and a sense of well-being often occur during and after treatment. Many patients fall asleep while the needles are inserted because of this sense of relaxation and balance.