Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is claimed to be an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China. The aim of the treatment is to restore the balance of the universal energy Qi (pronounced chee) in the body, through the painless application of fine needles into strategic points on the body. Qi consists of Yin and Yang and these two opposite, but complementary, forces need to be in balance otherwise disease or illness occurs in the body.

Acupuncture needles are used in specific acupuncture points which give access to the meridians in the body through which the Qi flows so that adjustments can be made to balance the Yin and Yang thus restoring harmony and health.

The meridian (also called channel) is a path through which the life-energy known as “qi” flows, in traditional Chinese medicine. Like a network of rivers nourishing a landscape, the meridians are the channels through which qi flows, to nourish and energize the human body. These channels exist within the subtle body – you won’t find them on the operating table! They also act as a network of communication between the physical and the more subtle energetic bodies.

Acupuncture, like allopathic, homeopathy or Ayurveda is a complete system of medicine. Like other systems of medicine it has a treatment for almost every disease and like each of these, it is extremely effective in treating some diseases, but not so effective in others.

How Acupuncture Works !!

Recently science has determined that human beings are complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years. Energy circulated throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, the optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy which influences the health of the entire being.

Acupuncture not only relieves the symptoms, but it also unravels the source of disease and rectifies it, such that the ailment is treated at a deeper level. In general Acupuncture controls, pain strengthens the immune system and regulates internal organ function. The basic reasons for an imbalance in energy flow are stress, malnutrition, environmental toxins and pollutants resulting into disruption of energy flow along the meridian pathway. If imbalance persists in the body, it can affect the quality and quantity of Wei Qi (immune system). Our bodies need an abundance of Wei Qi when supply becomes inadequate; we become too vulnerable to diseases. Acupuncture helps to build up Wei Qi and helps the smooth flow of it through our meridians.

Human health and aging is dependent on hormones. In China, it is called “Jing”.Jing is given to us by our parents at the time of our conception. It powers all our life functions. When there is an imbalance in Jing, it can result in ill health. We begin to lose Jing along with our aging.

Scientific explanation on Mechanisms of Action : 

Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture’s effects, primarily those on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well being. There are three main mechanisms:

Conduction of electromagnetic signals: Western scientists have found evidence that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating points along these pathways through acupuncture enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions.

These signals may start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins, and of immune system cells to specific sites in the body that are injured or vulnerable to disease.

Activation of opioid systems: Research has found that several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.

Changes in brain chemistry, sensation, and involuntary body functions: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulated.

Acupuncture in various specialties

Acupuncture in Cardio-Vascular diseases

By integrating acupuncture into your heart healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 80%. Steps to prevention include managing high blood pressure and cholesterol, quitting smoking, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity, reducing stress and improved sleep – all of which can be helped with acupuncture.

Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Researchers have shown that getting at least eight hours of sleep is needed for good heart health and getting less than eight hours of sleep can put you at a greater risk of developing heart disease.

Acupuncture has shown great success in treating a wide array of sleep problems without any of the side effects of prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids. The acupuncture treatments for problems sleeping focus on the root disharmony within the body that is causing insomnia. Therefore, those who use acupuncture for insomnia achieve not only better sleep, but also an overall improvement of physical and mental health.

Acupuncture treatment gives Homeostatic effect. It regulates blood pressure .Normalizes heart rate. Lower serum cholesterol triglycerides and lipoprotein levels. Along with analgesic effect and sedative effect is more benefited in these disorders without side effect

Acupuncture in disorders of Digestive system

Digestive disorders are many ranging from constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome to more serious conditions such as acid reflux (GERD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease… Digestive disorders may indicate overall health imbalance. Often due to chronic stress, digestive symptoms in the body can be a result of endocrine and nervous system hyperactivity.

Symptoms of digestive disorders may include Concentration difficulties, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anemia, muscle cramps, low energy, and weight loss.

Digestive disorders can be caused by lifestyle factors and diet, which put a strain on the digestive system. When prolonged over a period of many years, digestive disorder imbalances occur. Changes in these lifestyle factors and diet modification are often integrated into the acupuncture course of treatment.

Acupuncture helps the direction of the digestive energy to go in the correct direction, which is from the mouth down through the entire system to the anus. If there is a problem in this directional movement which arises with gastric reflux, nausea, gastroparesis, or constipation, acupuncture can redirect the energy through the system in its natural downward direction.

Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, it is effective in treating most digestive disorders including Bacterial infections, peptic ulcers, heartburn, lactose intolerance, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, inflammatory conditions, and hiatus hernia syndrome. Acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness in managing chemotherapy medication digestive side effects and digestive symptoms following anesthesia.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance.

Acupuncture also helps with the functions of absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste. Absorption issues may manifest as anemia, watery or loose bowel movements, and elimination of waste problems may result in constipation, bloating and gas, poor appetite and excessive weight (however excessive weight results from many different factors). Other health complications related to absorption and elimination are arthritis, chronic inflammation, kidney stones, gallstones, and autoimmune disorders.

Acupuncture in Disorders of Nervous System

Dealing with nerve damage and nervous system disorders can be a challenge, and these cases often take a long time to resolve if they have been left alone for many years. Typically, those who seek treatment immediately from both Alternative medicine and Western approaches see the fastest and most complete recovery, since an acupuncturist can use the knowledge of Alternative medicine to support the entire constitution of a person, while both specialties can work on the problem at hand.

The acupuncture needles seem to affect the electromagnetic forces in the cells and the body. Neurons, fibroblasts, and myoblasts are particularly sensitive to electrical currents in the body. Through stimulation of the sensory nerves, the feelings of pain are blocked by preventing the stimulation of the spinal cord.

Through studies of MRI’s taken before and during acupuncture it is possible to see stimulation of different areas of the brain through stimulation of different meridians in the body.

There is a point on the little toe that, when stimulated, causes activity in the visual cortex of the brain, which shows a definite connection to the nervous system.

Acupuncture most likely stimulates the, which are the body’s natural pain relievers. Owing to the powerful analgesic effect of acupuncture(release of endorphins) is particularly helpful in relieving pains a problem which causes much distress in the majority of these patients.

Motor recovery is to a greater degree which is not attainable with any other forms of treatment. Subsidiary compliments like speech disorders sensory loss autonomic disturbance are also forming to respond very favorably

Acupuncture in Respiratory problems

Acupuncture is an effective tool for airborne as well as inhaled chemical allergies. By decreasing the bodies reactivity to substances the histamine response, that which produces allergic symptoms is ameliorated. Over time the physical response to these allergens can be muted producing long-lasting change. Acupuncture is effective in fighting the inflammation and reducing the cough reflex allowing the epithelium of the airways to heal.

Acupuncture accelerates the healing process in order to balance, build and support the body’s immune system. It removes the root cause WITHOUT ANY side effect. Useful in common cold, Allergic rhinitis, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis

Acupuncture in Disorders of Musculoskeletal System

Acupuncture is effective in relieving pain because it has anesthetic properties. It relieves stiffness and pain by increasing circulation of Blood and Qi. It improves flexibility, mobility, reduces inflammation, and eliminates muscle spasms by increasing blood supply to tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Musculoskeletal conditions are also linked to malnutrition which can be caused by malabsorption of nutrients or simply an incomplete diet. Therefore herbal and nutritional therapy can also be effective, addressing the individual needs, depending upon the cause.

Moreover, acupuncture will re-align the body’s biological elements, allowing the musculoskeletal system to repair itself. It regulates the conjunctiva and mucous membranes (fluids in joints) and increases the production of cartilage and lubricating fluids, which improves arthritis and similar disorders.

Acupuncture will not change the anatomical structure of an injury, i.e. broken bones cannot be treated by acupuncture and it will not replace the need for a joint replacement due to the extreme deterioration of bone. However, it will help to control pain and relieve symptoms, allowing the patient to have a better quality of life.

If acupuncture is used as the first line of treatment in this group of disorders it gives better prognosis without any side effect. The effect of acupuncture treatment last for many years

Acupuncture in Stress and Anxiety

A strong link exists between the emotions and the internal organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Emotions such as fear, joy, anger, and worry all have a specific organ they are associated with. For example, extended bouts of anger, irritation, resentment, or bitterness can lead to problems with the liver.

In TCM, acute stress would be seen as fear and would directly affect the kidneys. It is interesting to note that the adrenal glands lie directly on top of the kidneys. In TCM, fear exhibits symptoms including palpitations, insomnia, and dry mouth. These symptoms look very much like our recognized symptoms of excessive adrenaline release.

Chronic stress and the release of excess cortisol would be associated with both worry and pensiveness in TCM. This would also include over-thinking, brooding, obsession, and excessive nostalgic thoughts. We see these emotions as directly affecting the spleen and possibly the lungs and heart.

Symptoms include tiredness, poor appetite, stomach pain, possible heart palpitations, and weight gain. Aside from these primary symptoms, the patient will simply feel “stressed”, “burned-out”, have panic-attacks, or can’t sleep.

Acupuncture is an incredibly effective tool to reduce stress. Patients will often fall asleep on the table during a treatment….and leave the clinic feeling deeply relaxed. acupuncture can stimulate the release of endorphins; hormones that are responsible for relieving pain.

It also has been clinically proven to lower stress-related cortisol levels. ( it modifies the autonomic nervous system) The general sense of well-being may also be attributed to increased levels of mood-altering neuropeptides including melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, we do two things: Calm the mind and treat the underlying organ system that may be affected. This results in both an immediate feeling of relaxation or calm as well as increasing the patient’s resilience to future episodes.

Acupuncture has a “self-regulatory” effect that can blunt excess cortisol levels during high stress, but also boost cortisol and norepinephrine levels during times of exhaustion.

  • Thyroid disorders

In traditional Chinese medicine, both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are considered to be a Yin/Yang imbalance. In Chinese philosophical and medical theory, Yin and Yang are the essential components of the material universe. A very basic principle of Chinese medicine is to keep the Yin and Yang in balance since the balance of Yin and Yang represents the healthy state of the body.

External factors (such as diet, weather, and physical injury), and internal factors (such as emotional states, mental stimulation, and hereditary conditions) can all affect bioelectrical movement in the body and cause an imbalance of electrons at a cellular level. This can be interpreted as a Yin/Yang imbalance at the cellular level An intervention by traditional Chinese treatment is designed to bring the Yin and Yang back to a normal balance.

In Western terms, an overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormone alters the body’s chemical balance and causes hyper- or hypothyroidism.

  • Obesity:

Acupuncture is an ADJUNCT therapy. It is not a panacea or a wonder cure in the treatment of weight control. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to lose and maintain that loss if the patient is willing to change their lifestyle.

acupuncture needles inserted into specific points on the body and in the ear release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect that makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration, and anxiety that can trigger overeating and binge on fattening foods. Also, endorphins affect the digestive and hormonal systems so acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems that are running too fast- or in this case too slow—i.e., the metabolism and the will power.

  • The rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based on the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” It regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst, and hunger.
  • Acupuncture influences obesity hormones. ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.
  • The guiding principle is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats.
  • Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.
  • 4 acupuncture points on the ear – the hunger point, Shen Men point, stomach point, and endocrine point have been treated to decrease the “heat” generated along these meridians and to stimulate centers that trigger the release of neurochemicals and hormones.
  • As was mentioned earlier, a good weight loss program includes nutritional counseling and exercise as well as a commitment to make permanent lifestyle changes. A diet that is high in fiber and low in fat, with moderate amounts of low-density carbohydrates and low-fat protein is usually the best choice to adopt.
  • Other important tools that can aid in weight loss are stress reduction techniques (breathing exercises, yoga, meditation ) and a moderate exercise regimen.

 

  • Diabetes

What we know of as diabetes today, is known in Traditional Chinese medicine as Wasting and Thirsting Disease. Though acupuncture can be very helpful in treating the symptoms of diabetes, it is not a cure for diabetes.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, diabetes is caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the meridians and organ systems

In treating diabetes, Acupuncture offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids.

Acupuncture treatment is most effective for those have had diabetes for only a few years, and have a milder disease manifestation. Diabetic acupuncture is also most effective in treating diabetes in younger individuals. Diabetics receiving acupuncture also experience a decline in cholesterol levels and have fewer complications of diabetes, such as cardiovascular diseases, peripheral neuropathy, eye pathologies.

Acupuncture can also help diabetics in the following ways: Attenuate symptoms of polyphagia, (the impulse to overeat), polydipsia, (excessive thirst), enhance blood outflow and regulate vascular peripheral resistance, increase cell proliferation, and prevent slowing of motor nerve conduction.

Acupuncture in Female and Male Infertility

Acupuncture can be tried for infertility after a structural abnormality in the woman’s reproductive organ is ruled out. Functionally related infertility is often stress-related and is most common among women who work or live in stressful environments.

In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to decrease stress in the body by regulating the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. The treatment also addresses possible hormonal imbalances and circulatory problems.

Acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall Normalizes hormones and endocrine system without any side effects

The rate of success will be more (30-40%), if taken before assisted reproductive techniques like IVF, IUI If you choose to undergo IVF, be assured that recent studies have concluded that acupuncture performed immediately before and after IVF significantly increases the chances for a viable pregnancy (ongoing studies confirm these findings.) Acupuncture reduces uterine contractions, which may contribute to the failure of IVF treatments, before, during and after IVF.

Minimally, treatment should be performed 1/2 hour before implantation and 1/2 hour after. In order to achieve maximum benefit, weekly treatments are recommended at least two months prior to the start of IVF. Both should be treated simultaneously and treatment continued for a couple of months.

Male infertility is rarely spoken about but can frequently be the problem when couples are having trouble conceiving. In many cases, men have poor quality sperm or a decreased quantity.

The effects of our environment and/or lifestyle seem to be gradually degrading male sperm counts. Within Chinese medicine once again the kidneys play an important role in semen production and quality; however this is not the only cause for infertility in men. Many times infertility is caused by dampness. One major way that dampness is produced is through poor and improper dietary habits. Low sperm count also responds well to acupuncture.

Acupuncture in Disorders of Children

Acupuncture is also gaining momentum as an effective and safe way to treat childhood issues too. Acupuncture helps childhood development through all phases of infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and puberty by helping their immature systems function at the highest possible level and strengthening them in various ways.

Acupuncture helps to strengthen the digestive elements that lead to smoother developmental transitions. When children have indigestion it leads to anger and stress, whereas in adults, anger and stress lead to indigestion. A weak digestive system opens the child up to a host of subsequent problems like colic, eczema, acid reflux, and sleeping problems.

From the ages of 2 to 7 children are prone to fevers and febrile diseases, because of their overactive, ‘hot’ nature. Acupuncture is quite effective at clearing heat and alleviating pain.

However, with the invention of antibiotics, Western children are suffering from more and more ‘cold’ conditions. This lowers the immune system and children’s’ natural resistance and resilience. Yang deficiency could show as back pain, constant runny nose, bedwetting, catching illness easily, asthma or being frequently tired. Acupuncture works to restore the warming energy and strengthen immunity.

From the ages of 7-12, most ailments are emotional in nature. Stress caused by school, home or peers may manifest as emotional symptoms or physical ailments. Traditional Chinese medicine treats the emotional as well as physical issues. Stages during puberty ie: hormonal imbalance, acne, and menstrual problems can also be addressed.

Acupuncture Therapy - FAQ

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 Meridians or Channels that cover the entire body. There are 365 classical Acupuncture points associated with the 14 Meridians and 40 ‘extra’ points that are not associated with any particular meridians.

These points and meridians mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice have to show that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body.

I know Acupuncture involves needles. Does it hurt?

Generally speaking, Acupuncture should not be painful. When your practitioner inserts a needle, he looks for signs that Qi has arrived by any one of a number of signs. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange.

Sometimes you can feel Qi running up or down the body or a limb. It is important that the sensation of Qi be felt. Occasionally you may like you’ve been stung by a bee. This can be somewhat uncomfortable but should pass almost immediately. If it doesn’t, tell your practitioner right away so he can adjust or remove the needle.

Occasionally you may feel a throbbing ache, which may also be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition. At no time, though, should you have any sensation that is beyond your tolerance level. If you do, let your practitioner know right away. The fact is that the vast majority of clients report that, after a while, they begin to feel a real sense of well-being, almost euphoria.

These points and meridians mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice have to show that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body.

I have heard Acupuncture can be dangerous. Is this true?

Younger people need to detoxify less often; however, as you grow older, detoxification becomes more essential. All adults should detoxify themselves at least once in 6 months, depending on their lifestyle, stress, and pollution that they are exposed to.

How do I know if I need a detox?

If you constantly feel tired/lethargic have difficulty in concentrating, catch colds easily, or suffer from allergies/indigestion/bloating/bad breath / offensive sweat, then you surely need a detox, and quickly too.

In addition, if stress is one of your close companions and you are a smoker, it’s high time you go in for a detoxification program soon. People who drink less of water and do not consume adequate fiber also need detox frequently.

I have heard that Acupuncture is good for pain. Is it good for anything else?

: The list of diseases and conditions for which Acupuncture would be an appropriate treatment is extensive. Acupuncture is a complete medical system in itself and is also an excellent complement to almost any other treatment, including Western pharmaceuticals & surgery, herbal therapies, massage or Chiropractic.

Acupuncture is not strictly speaking a miracle cure. It cannot, by itself, cure cancer, for example. It does not cure Autoimmune diseases such as Diabetes or Addison’s Disease, or Lupus. If you break a leg or are in a car accident, I would recommend you go to the local Emergency Room first, but come for Acupuncture treatments afterward for pain and to speed healing.

Acupuncture is, on the other hand, extremely effective, drug-free, non-surgical treatment for the serious side effects of Cancer treatments and hormone replacement therapies for Autoimmune Diseases, post-operative pain, PMS and Menopause symptoms. It should be noted that Acupuncture is not only good if you are sick or damaged. Even if you are not so sick, Acupuncture is good for balancing the body’s systems and promoting good health and well-being. It is particularly effective in treating emotional disorders such as Phobias, Grief, and Anger.

In addition, if stress is one of your close companions and you are a smoker, it’s high time you go in for a detoxification program soon. People who drink less of water and do not consume adequate fiber also need detox frequently.

I've Heard that Acupuncture is Wholistic. What's that all about?

Holistic Medicine is a rather large area of study. Basically, it means treating a client, not as a collection of symptoms and body parts, but the whole person, body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Of these, only the body exists on the physical plane. It is said that the other aspects of a person exist at higher energetic planes.

In TCM, one of the important aspects of diagnosis is to evaluate a client’s Shen or spirit. There are a few guidelines for evaluating ‘Shen’, but mainly it is an intuitive insight into how a particular client will respond to treatment. One may be said to have a strong Shen, and prognosis will be good. A weak ‘Shen’, means a poor prognosis.

Emotions have long thought to be at the root of many diseases and conditions. In Chinese Medicine, the 5 cardinal emotions of Joy, Anger, Worry, Grief, and Fear are thought to be the primary causes of diseases. Strengthening the Liver, for example, has the effect of reducing Anger, the Liver’s associated emotion.

There are also Acupuncture points for ‘calming the mind’ and ‘strengthening the spirit.’

In Holistic thinking, disease and disharmony that take up residence in the body are symptomatic of much deeper emotional, mental and spiritual disharmonies. These energetic disharmonies may be treated rather easily in many cases if it is thought to do so. Often, with early detection, there is no need to wait for the disease to enter the body.

A part of Chinese Medicine is devoted to promoting wellness and longevity. Reinforcing the body’s immune system and treating disharmonies while they are still energetic in nature by various methods is a basic tenet of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Will Acupuncture interfere with my medication?

The short answer is no. A word of caution though. You may find your medication working more efficiently since Acupuncture has a tendency to remove blockages and balance the energetic pathways. If your medication is dosage sensitive, make sure you see your Doctor to monitor your dosages. Make sure you know what the signs of overdosing are if any.

It is never a good idea to stop taking medication without your Doctor’s guidance. Western pharmaceuticals are potent. In many cases, you need to reduce dosages gradually to avoid unpleasant reactions.

How Acupuncture Feels ?

Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Different sensations such as soreness, numbness, distending, warmth and pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing.

Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation.

If you have a real fear of needles, discuss it with your acupuncturist. An appropriate treatment strategy can always be agreed upon.

It is never a good idea to stop taking medication without your Doctor’s guidance. Western pharmaceuticals are potent. In many cases, you need to reduce dosages gradually to avoid unpleasant reactions.

There “Do’s and Don’ts” for a patient on a day of treatment?

Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment:

  • Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection.
  • Wear loose clothing and if possible, avoid wearing tight stockings.
  • Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.
  • Avoid eating a big meal within one hour of your appointment (digestion alters the pattern of your pulse)
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, food or drinks that color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment or just following a treatment
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits
  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.
  • Please bring with you any information about your case you may have from your other doctors, including things like lab tests, blood work, reports of x-rays or MRI’s, etc. To save time you may fill out our office forms before coming into the office.
  • Relax; there is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
  • During the treatment, do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
  • Very few people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during treatment. This can occur if you are nervous. Inform your practitioner immediately so he or she can readjust or withdraw the needles. Also, let your practitioner know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.
  • If you find your treatment unbearable at any point, be sure to speak up so that your practitioner can make proper adjustments or stop the treatment. It also helps to be in a calm state. Try to arrive 10 or 15 minutes before your appointment to give yourself a chance to relax. Comfortable, loose clothing should be worn, and you should not wear any metallic jewelry, watches, or earrings. Makeup and nail polish should be minimized or eliminated.

Are There Any Effects Immediately After an Acupuncture Treatment?

Feeling relaxed or “light-headed” is quite common. If you suffer from chronic pain of muscular-skeletal origin, the pain may temporarily become more pronouncing after the treatment before improvement takes place. The result can be immediate for some diseases like acute muscular pains, headaches or sinus disorders

Is acupuncture needle safe?

Yes! Because now acupuncture is carried out with sterile and disposable needles approved by FDA

How many sessions do I need for treatment ?

Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the vitality of the individual. Again, you should discuss your treatment program with your acupuncturist.

How many needles should be used in each treatment?

According to my experience, six to eight needles are used during acupuncture treatment most of the times. If two or more symptoms or conditions are treated during one session, ten or more needles may be used. For instance, a patient has been suffered from both back pain and headache for a while.

The patient can be treated for both in each session instead of treating only one symptom in one session. However, do not try to treat as many symptoms or conditions as possible.

If an acupuncturist does not have enough experience, he or she should just treat one symptom or condition in each treatment.

Some acupuncturists insert as many as thirty or more needles in one treatment. This may mean that by using many needles the chances of inserting some of the needles precisely at acupoints may be increased. In fact, this approach may set the treatment effect out of control and cause fatigue that hinders treatment, rather than beneficial relaxation.

How long each session takes?

Normally, each session takes 20 to 30 minutes. It depends on the sensitivity of each individual and the kind of diseases and conditions.

In general speaking, the quality of acupuncture treatment relies on the experience and skill of an acupuncturist. They are a combination of diagnosis of symptom, the accuracy of acupoints, timing, the depth and angle of insertion, techniques of manipulation, etc.

Should I stop other medications?

No. You should continue to follow your current physician’s instructions. Please remember that acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments not to replace them. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist.

In which cases, acupuncture is inadvisable?

A patient should never be needed under the following conditions:

When the patient is too hot; when his or her pulse is greatly disturbed; when he or she is drunk or angry; when he or she is hungry or has eaten too much; when he or she is overtired, out of breath; or when he or she is full of great fear.

It is preferable not to have acupuncture treatment at all during pregnancy.

What if I don’t have any health problems? Can acupuncture enhance my health or prevent future problems?

Yes. Acupuncture has traditionally been used as preventive medicine. Recent research has now verified that acupuncture stimulates immune function, which increases resistance to bacterial and viral infections. Acupuncture can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy.

It treats underlying causes, resulting in a deeper kind of healing. It brings about profound changes in peoples¹ lives on the emotional level as well. Many people find that occasional acupuncture tune-ups are the best medicine to feel “in sync” and ensure continuing health.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?

In general, I tell my patients they should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments to help resolve.

It treats underlying causes, resulting in a deeper kind of healing. It brings about profound changes in peoples¹ lives on the emotional level as well. Many people find that occasional acupuncture tune-ups are the best medicine to feel “in sync” and ensure continuing health.

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