|Acupuncture Treatment Commonly Asked Questions|
1. What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world and has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. It seeks to address body, mind, emotion, and spirit and restores balance and maintains health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. It has been shown to be effective in alleviating chronic and acute pain and in treating a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes 41 medical conditions which are known to respond favorably to acupuncture treatment. It is widely used in the U.S. to support and enhance the effectiveness of Western Medical Treatment without unwanted side effects.
The ancient practice of Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin to various varying depths at strategic points on the body. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and continues to be used in China and many Asian countries for primary medical care. Over the past several decades Acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States and is now considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Acupuncture is widely used to treat various types of addictions.
2. How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture as practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the theory that the body has an energy force known as Qi running throughout. The Qi is comprised of all essential life elements to include the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects. Health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body. If the Qi is insufficient or is interrupted or blocked, an imbalance occurs and illness results. Acupuncture restores the balance. A major benefit of Acupuncture is that it can alleviate or minimize pain without the side effects associated with drugs.
3. What types of individuals seek acupuncture treatment?
Persons seeking relief from pain and illness as well as persons who want to enhance their quality of life and who are open-minded about alternative medicine and seek relief with minimum risk of complications and no side effects from drugs are generally the type of individuals who seek acupuncture treatment. This includes persons
recovering from injuries or accidents who seek pain management and injury treatment. Acupuncture is also effective in supporting the immune system after certain types of Western medical treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy.
4. What should I expect on my first visit?
On one's first visit, an overall health assessment will be performed and a course of treatment to address the complaint(s) will be developed. Sterile disposable needles are used. Several sessions may be necessary in order to achieve maximum result. Sessions usually last about an hour. Many patients report an extreme calming effect immediately after treatment.
5. How can I get more information?