requently Asked Questions
1) What is acupuncture?
- Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental medicine. Although what is called acupuncture in the West comprises several different therapies (such as moxibustion and cupping), mostly it consist of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 5,000 years, and there are more than 500 known acupoints. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points.
2) What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
3) How does acupuncture work?
- Acupuncture is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine that the flow of Qi, the vital energy with our body, courses through the body along channels called meridians; illness occurs when that flow is disrupted. Acupuncture can adjusts the flow of qi in the body, directing it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from where it is excess, therefore it restores the harmonious balance. In Chinese, there is a saying "bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong", basically said if there is no free flow, there is pain; if there is free flow, there is no pain. Acupuncture through stimulation of acupuncture points will be able to restore the balance of meridians within channels, thus promote the free flow of qi and health.
4) Is acupuncture safe?
- When performed by a competently trained, licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. All licensed acupuncturist today use individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles. So there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.
- Some of the risk of acupuncture include: Bruising, Fainting, Muscle spasms, Bleeding, Soreness
5) Does acupuncture hurt?
- Acupuncture needles are very thin, and most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted. They often say they feel energized or relaxed after the treatment. However, the needles can cause temporary soreness. Any discomfort with a needle should be communicated to your acupuncturist so that the needle can be adjusted and the discomfort removed.
6) How many treatments will I need?
- That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5-10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. To help reduce the number of treatments, your practitioner may suggest dietary modifications, specific exercise regimens, relaxation techniques, self-massage, and/or Chinese herbal medicines, all of which may help to increase the efficacy of acupuncture.
7) Is there anything I need to do before an acupuncture treatment?
- The following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment:
- Wear loose clothing.
- Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, or emotionally upset.
- Have some food within 1-2 hours before your treatment.
8) Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?
- Relax. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
- Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
9) What can I expect after treatment?
- Generally, you should expect to feel better. Some patients may experience dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be worsening of pain and condition only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. If you experiencing any changes that concerns you, please contact your practitioner.