Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Acupuncture And Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture means to insert very fine, solid and disposable needles into certain points on the skin which locate on the Meridians. Meridians are pathways which can not be seen but distribute all over the body like a web, there is energy flow (generally called as Qi) inside of them. Acupuncture is well developed whole health care system based on natural energetic laws. Dating back to over thousands of years as a primary health care system in China, Acupuncture is widespread in the world now.
Chinese Medicine uses specific herbal plants and minerals known to enhance the therapeutic actions of Acupuncture.
What Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture has been effectively used to treat a wide range of health concerns. It is a complete system of medicine that is time-tested The World Health Organization has listed more than forty ailments that are benefited by acupuncture.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Most people are surprised (and relieved!) if they get an Acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncturists can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles and often the insertion is barely perceptible. She/he will help you to relax and receive the most value from treatment. After the needles are inserted you may feel nothing or sometimes a vague numbness, "heaviness" or slight tingling. The treatment is effective whether this sensed or not. After treatment, many experiences a euphoric feeling and often profound peace.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve. Many chronic conditions may require ten or more treatments before significant benefits accrue. Along the way, though you should see an overall improvement in your health as your main complaint improves as well.
What To Expect From the Acupuncture Treatment?
Typically, an Acupuncturist will begin by taking a complete history. The practitioner will then do a thorough intake and exam, which will consist of asking numerous questions about your primary complaint as well as more general health issues. An Acupuncturist's physical exam includes a detailed examination and analysis of the pulse and tongue, as well as abdominal palpation, Meridian palpation, and facial diagnosis.
When the Acupuncturist has arrived at a working diagnosis, he/she will insert hair-thin, sterile and disposable needles into on the surface of your skin. The needles will be left in anywhere from a few seconds or up to 30 minutes.
You may feel a small pinch when the needles are inserted or nothing at all. Some people feel a sensation of numbness during the treatment. You may feel relax. The Acupuncturist may manually stimulate the needles. Some use electrical stimulation and Moxibustion on the needles. Other modalities such as cupping, Gua Sha and Tui Na massage are used.
After the Acupuncture treatment is over, Chinese Herbal medicines may be prescribed to enhance the treatment.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Disruptions of energy flow (Qi) among the Meridians are believed to be responsible for a disease. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points.
Numerous studies have documented that Acupuncture influences the Center and Peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows it releases endorphins from the brain which make acupuncture particularly effective in pain control.
Another theory suggests that acupuncture may also activate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects, including changes in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and changes in the blood flow.
Acupuncture works with the body, strengthening and balancing energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. Acupuncture treatment is safe if it is performed properly by a well-trained Acupuncturist.
Acupuncture treatment is drug-free, you avoid the risk of drugs which can cause many side-effects or dependency. During each Acupuncture session, your Acupuncturist can adjust the treatment according to your condition so that you receive constant monitoring of any changes.
The use of Acupuncture has been increasing worldwide due to safe, predominant treatment effectivity, non-toxic and very low adverse reactions.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Acupuncture is an extremely safe form of physical medicine. Usually, the side effects are little to none. Some bruising may occur around the needle. Occasionally the original symptoms may feel worse for a few hours to a day, or appetite, sleep, bowels or urination pattern may be changed. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the Acupuncture is working.
Do I Have to Believe In Acupuncture In Order To Obtain Results?
No, As a case in point, Acupuncture works very well for horses, dogs, and cats, most of whom probably don't "believe" in acupuncture either.