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Frequently asked Questions about Acupuncture

  1. What is acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a means of adjusting the body's Qi (energy) through the insertion of fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. The needles are inserted into the points and are then manipulated by twirling or leaving in place for 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. How does it work?

    There is no easy answer as to explain exactly how acupuncture works. The insertion of the needles stimulate the flow of blood and Qi (energy) along the meridian pathways to remove blockages. Each point has its own action and indication that help to bring harmony to the body and it's systems.

  3. Does it hurt?

    The sensation of receiving an acupuncture treatment can rarely be described as painful. Now that is not to say that it is devoid of sensation. But, generally the feeling is more of a heavy sensation or slight tingling. Following treatment it is common for the patient to feel a sense of relaxation, and/or exhilaration.

  4. Is it safe?

    When performed by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger. The importance of seeking an APPROPRIATELY TRAINED practitioner cannot be overstated. Seek out a practitioner who has completed a Master's Degree in acupuncture for optimal results in treatments.

  5. Are there any contraindications for acupuncture?

    There are a few situations where acupuncture is not advised. These are the most common:

    • If the patient has a hemophilic condition
    • If the patient is pregnant - certain acupuncture points and needle manipulations should not be used during pregnancy
    • If the patient has a severe psychotic condition or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  6. What conditions does acupuncture treat?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately four dozen different conditions that can be treated by acupuncture. The most common include: Pain Management, Asthma, Drug Abuse, Smoking, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Gynecological and Obstetric Problems (fertility), and Sexual Problems.

  7. What should I expect on my first visit?

    Acupuncture is no different than any other form of medical treatment. Upon the patient's first visit, the practitioner will record basic biographical information about the patient, and will then proceed with the diagnostic framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Once the diagnosis is complete, the practitioner will discuss the treatment with the patient, and the patient will have an opportunity to ask questions. Wear comfortable clothing and eat a small meal before your acupuncture treatment. Expect to be at the office for at least an hour and a half.

  8. How many treatments will I need?

    The total number of treatments required to effect change in a condition varies dependent upon the disease, and it's severity, the duration of the illness, the frequency of the treatments and the patient themselves. A chronic condition or fertility disorder generally takes longer than acute conditions.

  9. Are there any side effects or complications?

    As previously mentioned, acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment, and as such, side effects and complications are extremely rare when treated by an experienced, licensed practitioner. However, a small number of patients do have reactions to the procedure which may include nausea, lightheadedness, and fainting. Other side effects include a chance of bruising, an exacerbation of condition, and fatigue.

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