Acupuncture- Frequently asked questions
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that began over 3000 years ago. It involves the use of thin stainless-steel disposable needles at one or more points on the body.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture treats a myriad of conditions. The National Institute of Health has funded a variety of studies on acupuncture and its effectiveness. The World Health Organization now recognizes many conditions that Traditional Asian medicine successfully treats. To name a few, headaches, migraines, hypertension, pain in the body, common cold, allergies, asthma, OBGYN issues, trauma, sprains and strains, arthritis, sciatica, weakness, digestive upsets and emotional issues.
Other Benefits: Increased energy and vitality, reduced stress, deep relaxation, weight control, help with addictions, and strengthening of the immunity
How does acupuncture work?
In western medicine research, acupuncture operates with the body on many levels. By regulating the nervous system and balancing hormones, acupuncture promotes healthy circulation, relaxes muscle spasms, and reduces inflammation.
From an Eastern perspective it is said to regulate our Qi, the energy system in our body. After all, we are all molecules in motion, an elegant dance of energy!
In general, acupuncture is extremely calming, heightens your sense of wellbeing, and decreases your stress and anxiety.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. The needles used for acupuncture are disposable and one time use only. All aspects of acupuncture safety are regulated by OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Organization. Licensed acupuncturists receive years of schooling. In fact, our education comes close to doctorate level. We are required to have extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology and all of the sciences surrounding the medical field. Once we meet those pre-requisites we have an extra four years of focused eastern medical education, including internships. In order to practice, acupuncturists must pass an extensive state board exam to be certified.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No. The needles used for acupuncture are solid, very thin and almost hair-like. Sometimes very mild sensations are felt with insertion. Counter intuitively, acupuncture is extremely relaxing and many patients fall asleep during a treatment.
How long is an acupuncture treatment and how many treatments will I need?
Treatments last about an hour. The number of treatments varies depending on the ‘layers of the onion’. The more chronic a condition the more treatments may be needed to peel away the layers. Acupuncture tends to be compounding, so the more proximate the treatments, the more effective they can be. Most ailments find significant relief after the first treatment. With acute cases, sometimes only 1 or 2 treatments are needed to find relief.