1. What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a major part of Oriental Medicine, a
complete system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent
disease and improve well-being. In itself, it is effective for physical,
psychological and emotional problems. Acupuncture originated in China more
than 2,500 years ago and, due to its proven effectiveness has been
embraced throughout the world since that time.
2. How Acupuncture Works
Recently science has determined that human beings are
complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of
acupuncture practice for several thousand years. Energy circulates
throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along
these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body
structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum
function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture
points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which
influence the health of the entire being.
3. Type of Treatment
Treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly
used technique. However, acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine may
utilize other modalities such as individualized herbal prescriptions,
dietary modifications, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), lifestyle
counseling, various styles of massage, movement techniques and specific
4. How acupuncture Feels
Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Difference sensations such as warmth or pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing.
Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation.
In some cases, it is not necessary to use needles at all. For example, when treating young children, infants, or sensitive adults, there are other techniques which are equally as effective. If you have a real fear of needles, discuss it with us. An appropriate treatment strategy can always be agreed upon.
State and federal agencies have established strict
procedures for needle sterilization. Knowledge and proper utilization of
these procedures are part of licensing examinations. In order to assure
your complete confidence, many practitioners use pre-sterilized,
disposable needles. Ask your acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine
about their use.
Since acupuncture promotes the
body's natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or
improved. Oriental Medicine is a comprehensive system of preventive health
care and health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine is well documented and extends far beyond the conception that it
is only useful for chronic pain management or as an analgesic.
7. Number of Treatments
Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the vitality of the individual.