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Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which dates back more than 2000 years. It is an effective technique in the treatment of health problems by balancing the flow of energy or life force - also known as Qi - through pathways (meridians) in your body. Where there is too much or too little Qi in the meridian, or when Qi becomes stagnate, bodily functions are impeded. Over time, symptoms and diseases begin to manifest.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin, disposable and sterile needles at strategic points to unblock or rebalance the energy flow and restore the normal function of the body.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 50 types of diseases and disorders can be effectively treated with acupuncture. The most common ones include: low back pain, knee pain, sciatica, facial pain, neck pain, dental pain, headache, tennis elbow, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), digestive issues, depression, nausea and vomiting, morning sickness, hypertension, dysmenorrhea (painful period), and adverse reactions to radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
The sensation produced by an acupuncture needle is much milder than a shot or having blood drawn due to the much thinner needles used. Some people feel the needle going in, but not everyone does all the time. To some, it is similar to the sensation of noticing a mosquito bite. Once the needles are in, sensations may include a mild feeling of energy movement, a slight tingly feeling, or merely an increase sense of relaxation. It is not uncommon for the patients to feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during the treatment!
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy with no negative side effects. Occasionally minor bruising may occur at the site of the needle insertion which usually goes away within a few days. There is little danger of infection from the needles because they are sterile, used only once and then discarded. The patient often leaves with a feeling of well being and relaxation after the treatment.
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. To create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of your health condition, we will also examine:
The initial visit may take up to 90 minutes while subsequent visits will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on your health conditions.
For most chronic pain conditions, we recommend 4 to 8 visits depending on the health condition of the patients. Acute pain conditions generally need fewer visits. Most patients will feel reduction in pain level after the initial treatment.
Pre- and post- menopausal symptoms can be relieved with 2 to 3 visits, with most patients become totally symptom free in 4 to 6 visits.
Symptoms caused by stress, anxiety and mild depression can be reduced in 2 to 4 visits and with conditions under control in any where from 6 to 12 visits. We work with our patients on life style and diet modifications to help improve their conditions as well as stay healthy after the course of treatment ends.
Allergy symptoms can be relieved in 1 to 2 visits with 6 to 8 visits recommended.
Skin issues such as eczema, urticaria take 4 to 6 visits to get better and the time to become symptom free vary substantially depending on the length of the condition, life style and daily diet of the patient.
Other conditions that we have treated successfully include migraines, insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, infertility, digestive issues, hair loss, weight loss, Bell's Palsy, tinnitus, Raynaud's Syndrome etc. Please call to discuss your specific condition to get a better assessment of the number of visits needed.
Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. It is best to consult with our office about the costs
for your specific treatment.
In the US, licensed acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate level training at nationally certified colleges. All licensed acupuncturists must pass national certification exams and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state. Points to Keep in mind when selecting an acupuncturist:
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac. ) Certified Acupuncturist
Education Graduates from 3-4 year full time acupuncture MD, chiropractor, naturopath, or
program; passes national certification exams osteopath who uses acupuncture as
Acupuncture 1500-2000 300 or less
Acupuncture should only be administered by a practitioner who has specific education in this field due to risk of improper needling, inadequate understanding of Oriental medical diagnostic procedures, transmission of disease, imbalancing of energy, or ethical violations. Ask your practitioner about his or her education in order to ensure that you receive the most professional acupuncture care available for your optimal health and wellness.
Reference: Know your acupuncturist. (n.d.). Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Retrieved from http://www.ccaom.org/downloads/CCAOM_KnowYourAcu.pdf
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