What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that is more than 3,000 years old. It involves placing very thin needles in precise acupuncture points to help the body return to a state of harmony, equilibrium and health.
How can acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture is used as both a primary and complementary form of medical treatment. The list of conditions that acupuncture may help is limitless. Some common conditions are allergies/asthma, headaches, anxiety/depression, smoking cessation and pain anywhere in the body. (click for entire list)
Is all acupuncture the same?
There are many types of acupuncture practiced today. The type of acupuncture used is determined by a person’s condition and the symptoms they may have.
How does acupuncture work in Chinese medical terms?
Chinese medical practitioners believe that imbalances occur when the chi or qi (pronounced chee) is interrupted. Qi is the vital essence of all natural phenomena. When there is a block or uneven flow, imbalances occur which can lead to illness. From the Chinese perspective, the practitioner locates the acupuncture points that should be treated in order to restore the correct flow of qi.
How does acupuncture work in the Western medical terms?
Research conducted in the west indicates that the needles create stimuli to the nervous system, initiating cascades of neuroendocrine reactions. Chemicals are then released that help restore a biochemical balance. All the systems of the body, including the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, the central nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system, are affected during acupuncture treatment, bringing about a decrease in pain, relief of symptoms or resolution of the illness.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments differs from person to person, depending on the nature of the problem. For complex or long-standing conditions, weekly treatments over a period of months may be needed. For a mild injury or an acute problem, usually fewer visits are required. For health maintenance, four visits a year may be all that is necessary.
How will I feel after a treatment?
The immediate response to treatment may vary from a feeling of relaxation to a slight increase in symptoms for one or two days, which, if it does occur, is usually mild and short lived before improvement begins. Other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel, emotional or urination patterns may be triggered. These should not cause concern as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Some people hesitate to seek acupuncture treatment because they feel uncomfortable about the use of needles. Acupuncture needles are very thin. Most people feel only a minimal sensation as the needles are inserted, some people feel no pain at all. After the needles are inserted, most people feel relaxed and comfortable and often fall asleep until their treatment is finished. Needles are never reused and are disposable.
Is acupuncture covered by my health insurance?
Many health insurance plans are covering acupuncture. We are preferred providers with some PPO’S. We do not accept HMO’S or Medicare. Health savings accounts usually pay for acupuncture. Please call our office, and we will verify your insurance prior to your appointment.