What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncturists correct imbalances in the body by inserting fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points. This activates the body’s Qi thus promoting natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health. Acupuncture is natural, safe, painless, and an effective way to treat over 50 western medical conditions with no side effects.
Acupuncture and treat such a variety of conditions because it sees a holistic picture of the patient, the root of the ailment and the branches expressing as symptoms; and Oriental Medicine views this manifestation as a disruption of the the energy flow/vital force of the body.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest therapies known to humanity, having been practiced safely and effectively for over two thousand years. Like many things in life, we cannot entirely explain how it works, which is a popular question among those of us encountering this medicine for the first time. Despite it's ancient history, Oriental Medicine is very new in the United States and still is making it's debut.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Rarely. However, it can be sensational. Most patients feel very relaxed with needles in and fall asleep during the treatment. Experiences range and vary from treatment to treatment and individual to individual. It is important to note that acupuncture needles are not what you typically think of: shots, blood draws, sewing, or safety pins. These needles are much smaller and thinner: about the width of a human hair.
“One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.”-National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference
What should I expect at my Acupuncture visits?
During the initial exam your full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. You will also have your pulse and tongue checked. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi is blocked and imbalanced. After your Health History review, you will receive a treatment tailored just for you. Visits will vary from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Why the tongue and pulse check?
There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that correspond to specific meridians (the path that Qi flows in the body) and organs. If there is any blockage or imbalance, it will appear in the pulse reading. The tongue is a map of the body. The color, shape, cracks, and coating on the tongue reflect the general health of the organs and meridians too.
How many Treatments will I need?
Treatment frequency and number of treatments needed depend on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. Some people experience immediate relief, others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. An Acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune-ups”.
How safe is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe and natural. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.
How are acupuncturists educated?
Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.
Why does my Acupuncturist recommend herbs?
Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. They are especially useful in between appointments to continue and increase the body's healing abilities before the next appointment.
First Acupuncture visit - 60 minutes long
Follow up Acupuncture appointments - 45 to 60 minutes long