Acupuncture is a method of helping the body to promote natural healing and to improve health. The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy (qi) run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface nourishing and supporting every cell, gland, organ and tissue. These channels, called meridians are like rivers flowing through the body affecting blood flow to various organs structures. An obstruction in the movement of these energetic rivers is like a dam that blocks the flow. When and obstruction, deficiencies or excess of energy occurs it can lead to pain, discomfort, and/or a variety of other symptoms/disease. An acupuncturist can influence the meridians by inserting a tiny needle into very precise acupuncture points. This unblocks and reestablishes the flow through the medians therefore treating the root of the cause and improving health.
What does Acupuncture treat?
The most common reasons a person may try acupuncture may be for pain conditions. Following this, many people seek acupuncture treatments to increase fertility, manage menopausal symptoms or manage chronic headaches.
The World Health Organization has identified diseases and disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials with reported success. Among the disorders that acupuncture has proven to be useful for:
The first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. After review, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. A visual examination of the tongue and palpation of the pulse will give the acupuncturist information to diagnose the patient.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatment depends on the seriousness of your condition. A typical course of acupuncture treatment is 10 sessions, although significant improvements can occur after just a few visits. Your first visit may take 120 minutes due to the initial intake and interview, with subsequent visits lasting about 30-60 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than half an inch to an inch. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Some people report feeling a sensation dull achiness, while others feel relaxed. I use a very gentle technique and tiny needles to create maximum comfort.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes, all the needles are sterile and are only used one time per patient.
How big are the needles?
Needles used extremely thin, most people are surprised find out that needles are actual about the thickness of a strand of hair.
What does it feel like?
The sensation a you will feels can vary from person to person. Some people feel almost nothing while others feel a heavy, dull, achy or even a tickle sensation which indicates the arrival of qi. People generally find acupuncture a very comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable experience.
What other techniques are used besides acupuncture needles?
Acupuncture only one facet of oriental medicine. Many times an acupuncturist may choose to utilize an additional technique or modality that maybe include one or more of the following:
Electro-acupuncture – acupuncture needles are connected to a machine that delivers an electrical charge. This method is commonly used for people dealing with pain or muscular issues.
Moxibustion – Commonly called moxa, mugwart, or Artemesia Vulgaris and is an herb that is burned on top of a needle. Moxa is commonly used in people dealing with cold or deficient conditions.
Cupping – uses glass or plastic cups which are placed on the body with suction to help remove toxins and muscle tension or stimulate the immune system. Cupping is commonly used for people with muscle, tension, pain or immune issues and common colds.
Tui na/Shiatsu – is essentially massage affecting qi, blood and muscles, it is used with theory of meridians and acupuncture points and can be used for various conditions.