Does Acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture needles are extremely thin made from silver alloy typically stainless steel. You may feel little or no discomfort as the needles are inserted as the process is typically painless. You may feel different sensations including slight soreness, numbness, warmth, or pressure. These energetic sensations differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and comforting comparing it to a dull ache or heaviness.
Is Acupuncture safe? Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years in China. Acupuncture is the treatment of choice for one-fourth of the world’s population! The needles are FDA approved, individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use. Generally, Acupuncture is an extremely safe and effective form of medical care.
How does Acupuncture work? In traditional Chinese Medicine, there exists a meridian system through the human body. In this system, invisible passageways for energy are called meridians. There are certain points on the body (more than 360) that connect with certain organs and bodily functions. Point groups on the body that apply to a specific organ or function are found along the same meridian. In a healthy, normal functioning body, the energy in these meridians flow freely resulting in a balanced system. When the flow of energy is interrupted from causes such as stress or injury, the energy is reduced or increased creating an imbalance in the "Qi". Following a detailed evaluation including a series of questions, palpation, observation, and other special tests; the proper acupuncture points are selected to restore balance to the "Qi" flowing throw the meridian.
What should I expect for my first Acupuncture treatment? After the first treatment has been administered, depending on the aliment being treated, many experiences may occur. Immediate, total or partial relief from pain or other symptoms may be experienced. Some patients experience a sudden burst of energy while others may feel relaxed. Many people experience a calming satisfaction. Small, localized bruises from minor bleeding under the skin are infrequent, but do occur. These are no cause for alarm, and despite the cosmetic inconvenience, they actually provide a kind of bonus treatment. The reabsorption of the blood continues the stimulation of the acupuncture point even without the needle in place.
How long do the treatments take? In most situations treatments take between 20 and 30 minutes but can last longer in certain scenarios. The length of the treatment depends on the individual conditions of the patient and the services being administered. Be aware that on some days, visits may take longer due to the number of clients being treated.
What conditions can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization to treat 43 conditions including: Addiction-alcohol, drug, smoking, Facial palsy/tics, Bell’s Palsy, Pneumonia, Anxiety, Fatigue, Reproductive problems, Arthritis, Fertility, Rhinitis, Asthma Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Bronchitis, Gingivitis, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Headache, (SAD) Chronic Fatigue, Hiccups, Shoulder pain, Colitis, Incontinence, Sinusitis, Common Cold, Indigestion, Sleep problems, Constipation, IBS, Sore throat, Dental Pain, Low back pain, Stress, Depression, Menopause, Tennis Elbow, Diarrhea, Menstrual problems, Tonsillitis, Digestive trouble, Migraine, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Dizziness, Morning Sickness, Urinary tract infection, Dysentery, Nausea, Vomiting, Emotional problems, Wrist pain, Eye problems
How many treatments will I need? Since every person is unique in their own condition, the numbers of treatments will vary. The nature, severity and history of each patient’s problem, as well as the individual himself or herself, are all factors that are involved in how many treatments will be necessary. Chronic conditions may require more treatments than acute conditions. Patients can typically expect to receive 4-10 treatments to obtain desired outcomes.
Clinical Research (NIH) demonstrates that Acupuncture: * Stimulates bone regrowth * Regulates blood pressure * Increases red and white blood cell count * Stimulates production of pain modulating endorphins and enkephalins