Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is a treatment method of Chinese medicine. It has been frequently being used in the Far East and Southeast Asia for 3000 years. The procedure involves the insertion of needles into various points of the body. Treatment to acupuncture points has proven effective in stimulating tissue regeneration and functional healing. It is commonly used to relieve pain and cure diseases, such as asthma, deafness, migraines, ulcers, eye diseases, and some types of mental illness including addictions.
Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws, which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, called “Qi”, moves through the body in precise channels supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When the Qi is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form of specific symptoms. According to Chinese philosophy, disease and pain occur because of an imbalance between two principal forces of nature-Yin and Yang. Acupuncture is thought to restore this balance. The gentle insertion of hair thin needles at specific points along the channels of chi energy, help restore harmony. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients frequently experience renewed vitality.
Conventional Western medical sciences still can not full explain how acupuncture works. Several research data from China, Japan, Europe and USA support three concepts that how acupuncture works: one theory suggests that the meridians actually exist and connect the body’s organs in a special manner. According to this theory, acupuncture increases activity along the meridians and thus it influences organ function. Scientists have also theorized that acupuncture works, at least in part, by increasing the brain’s production of natural painkillers called endorphins. These substances are morphine-like chemicals that influence the body’s awareness of pain. Scientists also theorize that acupuncture may work through the nervous system by triggering signals that interrupt pain messages sent to the brain. This hypothesis is known as the “gate theory” of pain.
Q: What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China, Japan and other Asia countries to treat many other problems, such as knee
pain, sprains and strains. It is also uses to treat many kinds of internal diseases, such as cancer, inflections and gynecological complaints.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a report in which there are more 50 kind of problems can be treated by acupuncture:
1. Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders: Toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, earaches, sinus inflammation, nasal inflammation or dryness.
2. Respiratory Disorders: Uncomplicated bronchial asthma in children or adults.
3. Gastrointestinal Disorders:Digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria.
4. Eye Disorders: Inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness, and uncomplicated cataracts.
5. Nervous System and Muscular Disorders: Headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, upper back pain, and osteoarthritis.
Q: Why acupuncture?
A: The greatest advantage of acupuncture and acupressure is the painless and side-effects free application. You can expect a whole new experience that unlocks your body’s natural healing power. By inserting sterile, disposable needles in designated points in the body, acupuncture practitioners stimulate and balance the flow of Qi, which is the body’s natural energy and life force. This unique treatment promotes physical and emotional well-being, consequently curing various diseases.
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: The sensations that patients experience during acupuncture range from nothing at all to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being needled. Some points are more sensitive than others are. Patients will get the feeling possibly as tingling, distension, heaviness, contraction, or an electric sensation that can travel through the meridian. These responses only last few seconds.
Q: Are the needles clean?
A: Of course. All qualified acupuncturists practicing in USA today is to use sterilized, individually package, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting some kind of communicable diseases by contaminated needles.
Q: I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?
A: Contact me at the telephone number displayed on the top of my website. We will discuss your concerns and schedule an initial visit. During your first visit we will explore a treatment schedule that will best meet your needs.
Q: What criteria should I use to choose an acupuncturist?
A: Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long the doctor has been in practice, doctor’s academic degree, and what experience the doctor has had in treating patient’s specific disease. In addition, patient also should ask your doctor if he or she has a Florida acupuncture license.
Q: What can I expect after treatment?
A: Most patients often 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 no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.
Sometimes, you may note a spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites and/or a small bruise could develop. These should not be harmful, but please talk to your doctor if you are concerned.
Q: How long does an qcupuncture visit take?
A: Your first treatment is approximately 1.5 hours and involves an initial consultation where a traditional Chinese diagnosis and treatment is made specifically for you. After the consultation, we will begin your first treatment. Each follow-up visits normally runs for 1 hour and will consist of a much shorter intake and diagnosis period.
Q: How many treatments will patient need?
A: That depends on case to case. You may need only as single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. For some patients seeking general health maintenance, they may need acupuncture treatment from time to time, which is something like a car tune-up.
Q: How frequently do I need to come to benefit from treatment?
A: Acute conditions generally respond quickly to acupuncture treatment. Chronic problems may require more treatment as they the condition may be layered with complexities. The frequency of treatments varies with each individual. Please feel free to call me to discuss your concern and a possible plan of treatment.
Q: What is Chinese Hernal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is integrated with Traditional Chinese Medicine and prescribes natural herbs based on a complex science of physiology and pathology. Each herb has specific interactions with the human body. In conjunction with acupuncture, herbs are blended to induce long-lasting changes in a natural process that promotes well-being.
Q: Is acupuncture Covered by insurance?
A: growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Consult your insurer for the terms of coverage on your policy.