Frequently Asked Questions

Tree of LifeWhat is Oriental Medicine?
Oriental Medicine is a complete medical system which aids in strengthening the immune system and dates back over 3,000 years, the use of acupuncture is widespread throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Patients are diagnosed according to their symptoms, disease pattern, and their individual constitution. In this way, treatments include the body-mind type or constitution of the individual during treatment to support and help move the body into re-balance and improved health and vitality.

Research about how acupuncture works is ongoing in both the western medical community and in Asia.  Acupuncture causes the body to release endorphins which make it particularly effective in treating pain. It can block pain receptors, increase circulation, and calm the mind.
Acupuncture affects sugar metabolism, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, and has a regulating effect on the endocrine system.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years in China. Acupuncture is the treatment of choice for one-fourth of the world’s population! The needles are FDA approved, individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use.

What should I expect for my first treatment?

After the first treatment has been administered, depending on the condition being treated, many experiences may occur. Immediate, total or partial relief from pain or other symptoms may be experienced. Some patients experience a sudden burst of energy while others may feel relaxed. Many people experience a calming and serene type feeling of satisfaction.

How long do the treatments take?

In most situations treatments take between 30 and 90 minutes but can last longer in certain scenarios. The length of the treatment depends on the individual conditions of the patient as well as the condition severity and complexity.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Many conditions may be treated. General pain relief and control for arthritis, cervical spondylopathy, knee pain , hand and foot pain, sciatica , shoulder pain ,tennis elbow , lower back and neck pain, tendonitis , etc. Other conditions such as circulatory problems with high or low blood pressure, cold hands and feet. Some nervous system imbalances can also be treated such as anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness, depression, asthma, allergies and sinus problems; digestive disorders like Crohns Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, and constipation. Other common ailments treated include headaches and migraines; treatments to help stop or reduce cigarette smoking and other addiction issues such as weight loss.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture Meridians DiagramThe Medical Chinese Classics’ explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.

The meridians are influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities. Acupuncture can also help in the circulation of energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord , and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulation of the body’s own natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

By performing acupuncture using the points associated with the particular meridian involved, Qi or the innate balance is restored.

Are the needles clean?

Acupuncture needles are FDA approved. These needles are pre-sterilized and individually wrapped. After the needles are used, they are disposed.

How many treatments will I need?

Since every person has their own constitution or biophysical makeup and condition, the numbers of treatments will vary. The nature, severity and history of each patient’s problem, as well as the individuals’ lifestyle, stress level and various other factors that are involved in how many treatments will be necessary. At the first visit an assessment will be made along with this a treatment plan will be established and understood regarding the condition being treated. Usually one time a week for one month is a good start to see how your body responds to treatment.

Are needles the only equipment involved?

Acupuncturist may use several techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, electrical stimulation, and point and meridian stimulation through manual manipulation to help with the patient’s treatment.

Will it conflict with my other medications?

Acupuncture will not conflict with any of your medications. Acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments NOT TO REPLACE THEM. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist.

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