Acupuncture uses natural laws and energetic principles with the application of needles and pressure to specific points on the body. Each point provides a specific function in the body in regulating the free flow of vital energy for health and well-being.
Examples of conditions treatable with acupuncture:
Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
How does acupuncture treatment work?
Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct pathways that cover the body much like nerves and blood vessels. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
What are the different types of acupuncture treatments?
How effective is acupuncture?
Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. It causes endorphins to be released from the brain which makes acupuncture particularly effective for pain control. Among a host of other factors, acupuncture affects activity of the endocrine system, functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the levels of sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride in the blood. In strengthening and balancing energy within the body, acupuncture improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
Is acupuncture painful?
No. If your practitioner has obtained the correct stimulus of the needles, you should feel a slight tingling sensation around the needle, or possibly some slight cramping. Some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain, but the discomfort levels are usually very mild.
Is acupuncture safe and sanitary?
Only meticulously sterilized or one-time disposable needles are used in treatment. This eliminates the possibility of contamination.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the duration, severity and nature of your symptoms. Some patients may require only a single session for treatment of an acute condition. Others may need several sessions to resolve chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
What criteria should I use in choosing an acupuncturist?
You should inquire about the practitioner’s education and training, including location, duration, extent of experience, and experience in treating your specific ailment. Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession in about half of the states in the U.S. (as it is in Nevada). Ask your practitioner if your state requires a license to practice.
What should I know about the proposed treatments?
Discuss the nature of your problem with your practitioner. He or she will then give you a recommended course of treatment. Your practitioner will also explain the benefits and risks of the proposed treatment, other possible treatments available for your through this practitioner or by referral to another practitioner or physician.
Is there anything I need to do before and/or after receiving acupuncture treatment?
Before treatments, patients should maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection. Patients should avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full or emotionally upset.
After treatment, patients may notice a spot of blood and/or small bruises at one or more of the needle sites. These conditions are temporary and not considered harmful. Speak to your practitioner if you are concerned.
Patients often experience the most dramatic results after the first treatment. Others will feel relief in the following days or weeks. You will find yourself looking forward to additional treatments due to the continuing benefits from acupuncture.
(Information provided courtesy of the American Society of Acupuncturists © Blue Poppy Press. All rights reserved.)