Hi! So glad you're here and curious about this time-honed, medical mastery that has been in existence for over four thousand years.
We’ve gathered the most asked questions about acupuncture. Here are some answers that may help you in learning more about this amazing medicine. Although these answers are coming from us, some of them do not necessarily reflect our clinic specifically but represent the industry in general.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a time-honed medical technique used to treat all types of ailments and symptoms. It is safe, all-natural, gentle, and effective in bringing balance and restoring health to your body. Acupuncture encourages the body to heal itself through the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body.
How does acupuncture work?
The modern explanation is that the stimulation of appropriate acu-points releases natural endorphins in the body to reduce pain while also blocking the nervous system processes that signal pain.
Acupuncture affects the functioning of the hormonal system, and promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation, and relief from pain. It also stimulates oxytocin, reducing your fight or flight stimulation.
But imagine the energy, blood, and oxygen in your body as cars on the highway. The highways, in Chinese Medicine, are referred to as meridians. Their job is to allow traffic to move freely and smoothly (to nourish and balance the body). An obstruction in the movement of these meridians is like a highway traffic jam that backs up the flow of one part of the highway and restricts other parts, causing pain, ailments, and whatever symptoms you're experiencing. This can cause inflammation, pain,and congestion in the body. Now imagine that the acupuncture needles are highway patrols; they help guide and move traffic to reestablish the regular flow!
Who can have acupuncture treatment?
There are no limitations in terms of sex, age, or condition!
Either very young or extremely old can be treated.
All types of conditions can be treated – chronic or acute, severe or mild, mental or physical.
Pregnant women can also have acupuncture treatments to promote both ante-natal and post-natal care for both the mother and the baby.
How many sessions of treatment will I need?
The number of treatments needed is different for each person. This may depend on the complexity and duration of your symptoms or syndromes and your commitment to the healing journey.
Can I combine acupuncture treatment with doctors' medical treatment?
Yes! Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with western medical treatments and it doesn't interfere negatively with other forms of medicine. However, it is important to tell your licensed acupuncturist what other forms of treatment you are receiving.
Is Acupuncture safe for a pregnant woman?
Yes! It's highly recommended too! Acupuncture can help relieve many pregnancy and postpartum conditions. We highly recommend acupuncture treatment during your pregnancy to help assist embryo development and help prevent miscarriage. It can combat anxiety, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, heartburn, and other symptoms that may arise.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Absolutely! Acupuncture is a very safe, pain-free, effective, treatment for many acute and chronic conditions that have been used for thousands of years now. Always make sure that you only get acupuncture treatments from a licensed acupuncturist.
How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Your acupuncturist may need access to your arms, legs, back, and abdomen.
Avoid drinking caffeine or consuming nicotine for 90 minutes before and after treatment.
Continue with all medications as prescribed.
What activities are to be avoided after acupuncture treatment?
Avoid strenuous physical activities including vigorous exercise at least 2 hours after your treatment.
Relief from pain or a surge of energy after your acupuncture treatment should not be taken as full recovery. You must avoid engaging in any activities you were unable to perform previously due to your condition until you regain your strength and stamina.
Do Medical doctors approve of acupuncture?
The World Health Organization recognizes more than 40 medical problems which can be helped by acupuncture treatment. FDA approves and classifies acupuncture needles as medical devices. As a matter of fact, some of our patients are endorsed by doctors and we work closely with family doctors, fertility clinics, endocrinologists, and many ob/gyn doctors to help provide you the highest level of care.