[Q:] How Does Acupuncture Work?

[A:] Modern Western medicine cannot completely explain how acupuncture works. Research has identified the ability of acupuncture to modulate neuroendocrine functions such as blood hormone levels, perhaps explaining some of this technique's effectiveness. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) through Meridians or pathways that span the body. According to such theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is in Excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.

[Q:] Are the needles clean?

[A:] We only use individually packaged disposable and sterilized steel needles. There is no risk of transmitting a communicable disease using such needles.

[Q:] Does acupuncture hurt?

[A:] Although you may feel a sensation of heaviness, perhaps a slight cramping or distention around the needle or traveling up or down the affected Meridian (energy pathway). If you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild and not considered painful".

[Q:] Are there differences in acupuncture style?

[A:] Yes. Acupuncture originated in China , but has spread to other parts of Asia, as well as Europe and America . In different countries, different styles have evolved depending on differences in philosophy and technique

[Q:] How many treatment sessions do I need?

[A:] This depends on the nature and severity of your condition. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition or a series of five to fifteen treatments or more for a chronic problem. Some conditions may require prolonged treatment over time. On average, with weekly treatment a condition should show some improvement within 3-10 visits. If you do not see any improvement during that time, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate with the doctor.

[Q:] What can I expect after a treatment?

[A:] You may notice a spot of blood at one or more needle sites and/or a bruise could develop. These are not harmful, but please talk to your acupuncturist if you are concerned. Also, dramatic results are not unusual after a single treatment. Most patients will experience a gradual relief of their symptom or improvement of well-being over the course of therapy (over days and weeks). In general, improved outcome could be expected if herbs are used and the therapies adheres to traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic principles and treatment recommendations

[Q:] How long does treatment take?

[A:] The average treatment lasts about 30 minutes, but can go up to as long as 60 minutes, depending upon the problem being treated. Office visits can take up to an hour and a half for the initial visit, and an hour for follow-up visits. We encourage patients not to schedule so tightly that they are stressed out about the time during their appointment.

[Q:] What condition can be treated by acupuncture?

[A:] Many conditions can be treated. Among the most responsive are: musculo/skeletal problems such as sciatica, low back pain and arthritis; circulatory problems like high or low blood pressure, cold hands and feet; nervous system imbalances, especially anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness or depression; asthma, allergies and sinus problems; and digestive disorders including Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea and constipation. In addition, we often treat headaches, vertigo, sports and stress injuries, skin problems, immune system disorders, fatigue, chronic pain and side effects from chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Acupuncture has been found to be especially useful for detoxification from addictive substances such as drugs, alcohol, caffeine, cocaine, heroin and cigarettes.

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