Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC)?

Acupuncture and TCM is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness for over 23 centuries.

 

This system is proven to remedy ailments, enhance recuperative power, and rebuild the body’s immune system.

 

Acupuncture and TCM can successfully treat diseases: acute, chronic, traumatic, infectious, and internally generated. If a disease is extremely virulent or far advanced, and especially if there are serious changes in organic tissues, you may be best served with a combination of Western Medicine and TCM.

 

As with all illnesses and diseases, it is best to be treated at the onset of symptoms. The duration, severity, and nature of your complaint, condition, and/or situation, will determine the course of treatment.

 

While Western Medicine and TCM are complementary, and we respect all aspects of treatment, there are many diseases and conditions that Acupuncture and TCM successfully treat for which Western Medicine has no effective treatment.

What is the Focus of Acupuncture & TCM?

“Qi” (chee) is the energy that flows through the body. When the Qi i not flowing smoothly or is not in the balance, pain and disease occur. Acupuncture treatment corrects the energetic imbalance by encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgery. This balance is reestablished by  supporting the body’s healthy energy and dispelling any unhealthy energy. Medicinal Herbal Formulas may also be used to support the acupuncture.

What is treatment like?

Extremely fine, hair-like, flexible needles are placed at specific points on the energetic pathways, which lead to the organs, muscles and nerves of the body. When the acupoints are stimulated you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth – some people feel no sensation at all. As necessary, other modalities such as cuppoing, moxibustion, and Tui Na massage may be used during treatment. Patients are often surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing and some patients actually fall asleep during treatment!

How Long Does a Treatment last?

Your initial visit typically lasts between 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Which includes going over your detailed medical history and an acupuncture treatment.

Steps to a successful treatment:

  • Completing a detailed medical history report
  • Discussing your symptoms and history at length to determine the best form of treatment
  • Planning for next steps.

A follow-up treatment typically takes 45-60 minutes and includes:

  • Discussing updates of symptoms and progress
  • Tongue and pulse diagnosis, as necessary
  • Administering the acupuncture treatment and/or other modalities

Acupuncture is schedules base on the patient’s specific needs. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required. ACute conditions may be resolved in one treatment. Chronic conditions typically require more time.

What Methods are used to Re-Establish Balance Within One’s Body?

The primary methods applied to re-establish balance are: acupuncture, moxibustion – the application of herbal infused heat to key acupoints, cupping, Tui Na massage, chinese herbal medicine, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle changes. Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed and taken internally pr applied externally. Both acupuncture and moxibustion seek to regulate the flow of Qi (evergy) and Xue (Zhu – blood_ within the body by stimulation and/or warming certain acupoints. In addition, Tui Na massage, remedial or preventative exercises and diet/lifestyle changed may be recommended.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. 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.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”.

How much does it cost?

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. It is best to consult with your acupuncturist about costs.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Will my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • Do I have a co-pay?
  • Do I have a deductible?
  • If yes, has it been met?

How should I prepare?

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after
    your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no 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.

What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain