Acupuncture is a centuries-old Chinese method of healing. Today, by incorporating Western knowledge and techniques, acupuncture has developed into an acceptable and sought after scientific method of treatment for many common physical and psychological disorders. The more you understand about this amazing procedure, the more you will understand why this ancient form of healing is fastly becoming a sought after alternative to more conventional types of treatment.
What is acupuncure and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a 5000 year old Chinese art of healing that involves the insertion of very fine, sterile disposable needs into specific parts of the body. This technique stimulates and activates the body's immune and healing systems.
What is meant by holistic medicine?
Holistic medicine is a system that examines the whole pattern of illness that the patient demonstrates. This includes lifestyle, emotions, diet, the balance of internal organs, and so forth. Holistic medicine does not treat only the symptoms, it treats the causes as well.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Each individual is unique in their particular response to sensory stimulation. The most typical sensations are mild numbness, heaviness, distention, and soreness.
What disorders does acupuncture treat?
According to the World Heath Organization, there are 47 specific disorders that are treatable by acupuncture. Such as but not limited to: arthritis, depression, hypertension, migraines, common cold, asthma, diabetes, prostatitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, allergies, sciatica, anxiety, insomnia, pain management, and many other conditions. From emperical research and observations, we know there are more.
Is acupuncture safe?
When practiced properly, acupuncture is extremely safe. In addition, acupuncture can work along with and enhance your other medical treatments.
What are the needles like?
The acupuncture needles used are sterile, indivdually pacakaged, and disposable. The needles are disposed of according to OSHA standards.
How often do I need to go for the treatment to be effective?
The number of visits depend upon the disorder as well as the general health of the patient. An acute disorder may need only one or two treatments while chronic conditions may require more. Anywhere from two to twelve treatments is a common prescription for acupuncture.
What other techniques do acupuncturists employ?
Other techniques used by acupuncturists include moxibustion, which is the application of heat, Chinese acupressure (Tui Na), exercise, diet, herbs, and cupping.
Where does herbal medicine originate?
Herbal medicine comes from plants, animals, and minerals. The majority of herbs used in the United States come from plants. Approximately 80-85% of traditional Chinese herbs are indigenous only to China.
Herbs may be taken as tea, pills, tinctures, and powdered extracts
How do herbs work?
Herbs are used to nourish deficiencies or sedate excess in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, herbs are the primary method of treatment.
Why should I try acupuncture?
If you've tried other methods of treatment and they have not worked, or if you are looking for an alternative method of treatment that does not require prescription (medications), acupuncture may be right for you.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some insurance providers do reimburse for acupuncture, please consult with your provider.