Here are some common questions our patients raise about acupuncture.
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What is Acupuncture ?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It can enhance the immune system, support emotional health, improve overall functioning, and accelerate recuperation. Acupuncture is safe, painless, and effective.
What is Qi ?
Central to this ancient medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain, and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality and balance of Qi in their body. Qi should flow smoothly and freely through out the body. An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam in the body. Qi becomes backed up and the flow beyond that point is decreased, this results in pain and can cause various diseases. Acupuncture works to remove obstructions and promote the free flow of Qi.
What will happen at my treatment?
There are several basic diagnostic techniques. For example, examining the pulse and observing the patient’s physical appearance, particularly the tongue, gives a good deal of information about whether or not a patient’s body is out of balance, and if it is what the source of the problem may be. Similar to a western medical exam, questions will be asked reganding any current symptoms a patient may have as well as his or her past medical history, lifestyle, and family medical history. This information is critical in reaching an accurate diagnosis and developing an effective treatment program. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers many means of treatment. Those you are most likely to receive are: Acupuncture, involving the use of small needles, stimulates various pressure points on the body to produce a specific treatment outcome. There are roughly 380 such points the body. Moxibustion, the heating and applying of an herb known as mugwort (and no, it does not burn you), to various pressure points on the body to help boost specific organ systems. Cupping, the placement of cups containing reduced air pressure (suction) on the skin. This increases blood flow to the area and works similarly to shiatsu massage to relieve muscle tension. Finally, various herbal formulas and medicated oils or liniments are prepared and tailored to address specific diagnoses. Chinese medicine is a safe, effective, and drug free therapy that can address a wide variety of ailments and problems.
Do the needles hurt ?
Needles conjure up fear for a lot of Americans. This fear is usually based on a bad experience that they had with a hypodermic needle, such as a shot or a blood sample. This is understandable since a hypodermic needle has a hollow serrated tip which is designed to slice through flesh in order to inject or remove a fluid. In contrast, acupuncture needles are solid shafts that are smooth down to the microscopic level and most are 10 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. Since there is no fluid to inject with acupuncture needles, most patients experience a small prick like that of a mosquito bite then the pain, if any subsides. After the insertion of an acupuncture needle, a patient may experience no particular sensation, a slight throbbing, or a dull ache. Once all of the needles are in patients usually begin to feel more relaxed and quite often forget that the needles are even there.
Can children be treated with Chinese Medicine ?
Yes ! Many common childhood ailments, such as the flu, can be addressed as well as more complex cases, such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity, and Autism. When treating children the methods used depend on the age and willingness of the child. Some don't mind, and even ask for needles, while others prefer the use of cutaneous e-stim, gua sha, or shoni shin techniques.