What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a practice in traditional Chinese Medicine based on improving the flow of energy (Qi) in the body to improve overall health. Chinese medicine is based on the belief that body has more than 2000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create the energy flow which is essential in maintaining the health of the body and any disruption in the flow of this energy can cause issues. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin hair like needles into these acupuncture points to correct the flow of energy and improve health. It is supplemented by Herbal medicine and the combination provides an alternative treatment that is very effective in treating a variety of health issues.
Who Can Benefit From Acupuncture?
Almost anyone can benefit from acupuncture treatment, regardless of gender, ethnicity or age.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No, the needles are very thin, most people feel a little twitch but nothing more. Moreover, the needles can be quickly adjusted in case of discomfort and usually stay inserted for about half hour to be effective.
Does Acupuncture Have Any Side Effects?
No side effects have been reported because of Acupuncture, Herbal medicines just like any other medicine could have side effects and should be taken in consultation with a licensed acupuncturist.
What Conditions May Benefit From Acupuncture?
Acupuncture alone or in combination with conventional therapies has proven effective in treating the following conditions:
Gastritis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Hepatitis, Hemorrhoids, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Nervousness, Neurosis, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Menstrual pain, Infertility, Arthritis, Back pain, Muscle cramping, Muscle pain and weakness, Neck pain, Sciatica, Headaches, Migraines, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, Postoperative pain, Stroke, Allergic rhinitis, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Irritable bladder, Prostatitis, Male infertility, Impotence, Addiction, Nausea, Dental pain, Tennis elbow, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Low back pain and Carpel tunnel syndrome.
How to Prepare for an Acupuncture Appointment?
Don’t engage in stressful activities before or after the treatment and keep your schedule light for the day. Bring a list of all your current medication as some herbal medicines may not combine well be other medications. Eat something approximately two hours prior to your treatment. However, make sure this isn’t a big meal, as this may cause you to feel uncomfortable during your appointment. The other extreme should be avoided as well. You risk feeling lightheaded if you go to your appointment on an empty stomach. It is also important to wear loose-fitting clothes on the day of your appointment. This will make it easier for the acupuncturist to place the needles in the right places. Do not drink coffee for at least two hours before your acupuncture treatment. Because it is a stimulant, coffee increases your body’s fight-or-flight response, something which acupuncture seeks to lessen.
What to Expect on your First Visit?
Your appointment will generally last from 1 to 1 ½ hours. After checking in for your appointment, your acupuncturist will follow up on the information you provided in your intake forms. He/She may ask you a series of detailed questions about any health problems or symptoms you might be having. In addition to your paperwork and consultation, your practitioner will also examine your tongue and feel your pulse in both wrists in order to arrive at a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis. The treatment could last up to 40 minutes with needles inserted at the Acupuncture points. Sometimes after receiving an acupuncture treatment you may feel a little lightheaded or “woozy.” If that is the case, please sit for a while , In a few minutes you’ll be relaxed and clear-headed.