4) What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?
While Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, it is also very good at treating many other types of ailments, especially ones that do not respond well to Western Medical treatments.
1) What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and despite what might be said about Acupuncture, it is a clinically based treatment used by practitioners of Chinese Medicine all over the world. Acupuncture is a Qi or energy based system that works with the body's own natural resources and healing ability to restore homeostasis or balance. Acupuncturists act as supervisors in a sense to provide direction and aid in the healing process. With the development of more and more research on the subject, Acupuncture is gradually becoming more mainstream and has recently seen integration into Western Medicine in the United States.
5 Commonly Asked Questions About Acupuncture
2) Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture needles are 30-40 times smaller than a typical hypodermic needle and are designed specifically to penetrate the skin with as little resistance and pain as possible. While there may occasionally be a pinch, needle insertion is usually a painless process. The practitioner may decide to manipulate the needle to elicit a "De Qi" sensation which may create an achiness at the point in order to enhance the treatment. Most clients don't even know when a needle has been inserted and will often feel very relaxed or even fall asleep during a treatment.
5) What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
Please be sure to arrive 10-15mins prior to your scheduled appointment time to fill out paperwork. The initial paperwork can be quite extensive as you will be asked various questions about all systems of the body in order to give your Acupuncturist an accurate picture of your condition and pattern. Your Acupuncturist will then sit down with you to go over your paperwork in more detail and continue to ask more directed questions and perform various examinations to devise a treatment strategy to fit your particular needs. The Acupuncturist will also use other diagnostic techniques such as examination of the tongue and pulse or palpation of Acupuncture channels. Once the consultation and exam has been completed your Acupuncturist will then insert needles. It is often recommended that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that will allow easy access to the elbows down and the knees down as these are common sites for needle insertion or you may disrobe and slide beneath a sheet or gown. The needles are usually left in 15-20mins at a time. Optionally your Acupuncturist may also decide to do a treatment on the front, back or both sides depending on your particular condition. Additionally your Acupuncturist may also utilize other forms of treatment such as Moxa, Cupping, Massage, Gua Sha or Herbs (additional costs may apply).
3) How Much Training do Acupuncturists Have?
A typical Acupuncture program is 2-4 years long often resulting in a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Your acupuncturist will spend 4 years learning about Chinese Medical theory, Herbology, Point Selection and Insertion, Treatment Strategies and Western Medical Science courses such as Biology, Pathology, Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology and Clinical Science. In addition to this rigorous training, your acupuncturist will also spend many hours in clinic under the direct supervision of professors to inset the ability to effectively question, examine, diagnose and implement a given treatment strategy to fit a given individuals pattern.