Acupuncture is an ancient style of medicine that involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body that helps the body heal itself of disease. It is a safe and effective form of holistic medicine that has gained recognition by the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture results in freedom from pain, disease and discomfort without the harsh side effects that are often associated with most prescription medications. It also adds a sense of relaxation from everyday stressors and induces increased vitality and energy in its patients. Other benefits of Acupuncture included a stronger immune system, proper digestion and an all over sense of balance throughout the body and mind.
Hair-thin acupuncture needles are inserted into the body along specific acupoints. These points lie on particular pathways that are connected to various organs. The ancient Chinese believed that Qi (vital air) flows through these vessels. Whenever there is a blockage or deficiency of Qi in these vessels, pain or chronic disease result. These blockages or deficiencies can be caused by many factors in our day-to-day activities such the environment, emotions, improper diet, injuries, or improper lifestyle choices.
The Western view of how acupuncture works is that when a needle is place onto a point on the body, the stimulation of the needle sends a signal through the nerves which flows to the spinal cord and to the midbrain to finally arrive at the brain. When the signals reach the brain, it in turn causes the brain to release beta-endorphins and enkephalins- the body's natural pain-killers. Also, acupuncture not only stimulates the nervous system, it also activates the vascular system thus increasing blood flow to specific areas of the body.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends on the nature and the severity of the patient’s condition. Some people feel better in one session and some people--those with chronic problems--need a little more time. The speed at which one heals is determined by the changes a patient makes in his or her lifestyle in conjunction with further treatments.
Are there any side effects from Acupuncture?
Although acupuncture is a holistic and non-invasive treatment system and with very little side effects, rare cases of the following can occur:
Post-treatment dizziness and/or fainting
Burns from moxibustion
What will my first treatment be like?
Your initial consult will start off with an interview. The interview consists of questions regarding the condition needing treatment. The patient is also encouraged to discuss lifestyle choices such as diet, sleep, emotions, breathing, energy level throughout the day, and so on; factors known to disrupt the flow of Qi.
During the interview, we will do a physical examination of the pulse and tongue which shows all indicators of disease or physical distress. Once the interview and physical exam are complete, the Practitioner will make a diagnosis based on Eastern principles of medicine, and a treatment plan is created.
Next, the patient will then undergo an initial treatment with acupuncture needles placed into specific points along the body for a period of 30 to 45 minutes for pain-related conditions.
After the initial treatment, we will reevaluate the patient and then a follow-up is scheduled.
What other modalities are used in an acupuncture treatment?
In addition to standard acupuncture treatment, combinations of compatible adjunctive techniques are also incorporated to achieve the maximum amount of relief.
Massage (Tui Na) and physical manipulation (Chuna)