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what is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. In fact, authorities
agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Its use spread
throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later
into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of the
amazing discoveries the people of the Orient had developed.
Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the US until
1971 when diplomatic relations between China and America were relaxed.
The science of acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body
at specific points in the treatment of specific health problems. These
points have been mapped by the Chinese and recently, electromagnetic
research has confirmed their locations. Already used widely throughout
Asia and Europe, Acupuncture is considered one of the newest primary
health care modalities in the US. So far, over 15 million Americans have
turned to Acupuncture for help, and many western physicians as well as
medical researchers have experienced its powerful healing effects.
how does acupuncture work?
On the first treatment, a complete examination is taken, which includes
obtaining a thorough history of a patient’s health and chief complaints.
The acupuncturist uses diagnostic techniques, including pulse-taking
(the three pulse positions on each wrist correspond to the major body
organs) and observing the tongue, complexion and other signs. Upon
examination, appropriate acupuncture treatment is administered.
what can i expect from an acupuncture treatment?
how deep are the needles inserted?
The depth of insertion can vary depending on the point used, the size
and constitution of the patient, the season of the year and the nature of
the illness. Most needles are inserted just below the skin or between the
muscles. Commonly the depth varies from 1mm to about 2cm.
One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful
since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having a
hypodermic injection. However, four Acupuncture needles can easily be
inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. A phenomena
referred to as "TEHCHI" occurs when the energy is contacted. This
sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling either around
the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy
does acupuncture hurt?
how many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments needed to treat a particular complaint varies
with each person, depending on the severity and duration of the condition
and his/her level of overall health. Two to three treatments may be
sufficient for an acute condition, while a series of more may be needed
for chronic conditions. It is also wise to have regular treatments once the
body is healthy to keep it in harmony and prevent disease.
More and more insurance companies are including acupuncture in their
policies because they are seeing that it works. Acupuncture Plus works
with a number of insurance providers.
does health insurance cover acupuncture?
are the needles clean?
They are sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles. This
eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a
Many critics of Acupuncture have suggested the science is hypnosis or
"mind over matter". This criticism is totally unfounded as Acupuncture
has startling effects in infants and toddlers as well as veterinary
applications. The effect it has in surgery as an anesthetic further
disclaims the skeptics. Even total disbelievers report favorable response
are results psychological?
For acute problems where there has been little or no organ system or
tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions,
symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional
treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. It's suggested that patients with
severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two to three
times a year.
are results permanent?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow
of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways
that cover the body, somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do.
Acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is "Deficient" and away
from where it is "Excess". In this way, acupuncture regulates and
restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there
is a saying, “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is
no free flow.”
(1) 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.
(2) Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are
uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
(3) Some people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of
breath, or faintness during treatment. This often occurs if you are
nervous. Inform your practitioner immediately so he or she can readjust
or withdraw the needles.
(4) If you find your treatment unbearable at any point, be sure to speak
up so that your practitioner can make the proper adjustments or stop the
is there anything i need to do?
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