How does Acupuncture work?
Oriental Medicine identified 12 Organs in the body, the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, etc…Each organ has a meridian (pathway)j. Sixteenth century Chinese doctors believed that illness was due to an imbalance of energy in the body. In acupuncture, disposable, stainless steel needles are used to stimulate the body's 14 major meridians, or energy-carrying channels, to resist or overcome illnesses by correcting these imbalances.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, in the hands of a licensed practitioner acupuncture is a very safe, pain-free and effective treatment for many acute and chronic conditions that has been used for thousands of years.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
No, acupuncture treatments are not painful. Acupuncture is performed with thin as a hair needles that feel nothing like the pain you feel from a hypodermic needle. Patients often fall asleep and are in deep relaxation on the table.
Are there any side effects?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that it is very safe. Other than an occasional bruise, there are no side effects.
Where do the needles go?
Needles are placed at specific acupuncture points on the body. Depending on the specific condition the needles commonly are placed at or below the elbows, and at or below the knees. Other common areas are on the back, shoulders, abdomen and ears.
What should I expect for my first treatment?
During the first treatment the practitioner will take a complete health history and establish a comprehensive evaluation of the condition you are seeking treatment for and ask you questions about lifestyle, not only for the condition you are being treated. The practitioner will feel your pulse, look at your tongue and may palpate specific meridians to look for tender areas. The initial treatment may last between 30-60min. All subsequent treatment are for 30-45min.
Can I receive acupuncture when I am pregnant?
Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help relieve many pregnancy and postpartum conditions. Because there are some acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy it is important to inform the practitioner if you are pregnant. We highly recommend acupuncture during your first trimester to help assist embryo development, prevent miscarriage, and address any other symptoms and discomfort that may arise.
How can I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
The best way to prepare is to eat a snack or a light meal before treatment so that your body has sufficient energy to work with. If possible it is best to wear loose clothing so that your arms and legs are accessible for treatment. After treatment we recommend you drink a glass of water to help stabilize your energy and flush out toxins released during treatment.
What are the advantages of acupuncture?
One benefit of acupuncture is that it is a drug-free way to optimize health. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person's response to the treatment and adjust it if necessary.
Do Western medical doctors approve of acupuncture?
Yes. There are approximately 6,500 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. In addition, the World Health Organization currently recognizes more than 40 medical problems which can be helped by acupuncture treatment. The FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices. We work closely with the fertility clinics and many ob/gyn doctors to help provide you the highest level of care.