Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medical theory is based on observation of the natural world. Though we are much removed from nature in our modern lives, our bodies function in the same way as they have for thousands of years. By living in harmony with our environments to the best of our ability and harmonizing the internal environments within, we are able to live healthy and happy lives. One of the fundamental understandings of Chinese medicine is that mind, body and spirit work as a whole. There is no one part of our being that is more important than another, as all parts work in unison to create anatomical structure and physiology. When one or more parts of the body acts out of accord, then there is opportunity for illness and disease. Treatments with Chinese medicine and acupuncture work to restore this balance between all the interrelated systems, bringing the body closer to achieving health and wellness.
What conditions can be treated by acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Some of the diseases, symptoms, and conditions treated by acupuncture include:
• Adverse Reactions to Radiotherapy and/or Chemotherapy
• Alcohol & Tobacco Dependence
• Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
• Back, Neck, Elbow and Knee Pain
• Bronchial Asthma
• Cancer Pain
• Common Cold
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Facial Rejuvenation
• Gastrointestinal Disorders (Diarrhea, Constipation, Gastritis)
• Headaches (including Migraines)
• Infertility--Male and Female
• Menstrual Pain & Premenstrual Syndrome
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Sports Injuries
What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
Qi circulates throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as energy flows freely, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is blocked due to normal stress, life -style or other causes, pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to restore functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians with fine needles. Your practitioner decides on the combination of points after an in-depth analysis of your condition.
Research has shown acupuncture to be effective but researchers do not clearly understand how it works. To read more about acupuncture and current research visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
What will happen during my first visit?
Treatments can take up to one hour and begin with a 15-20 interview about your health concerns. The interview includes a pulse and tongue diagnosis. You then lie down and very thin, sterile disposable acupuncture needles are inserted in appropriate points determined by the practitioner. You then rest for approximately 30 minutes while the practitioner prepares an herbal prescription (if applicable) aimed specifically to treat your imbalances and harmonize your condition.
After resting, the practitioner will remove the needles and explain how to prepare the herbs, and recommend dietary and possibly life-style changes to enhance your health. The practitioner may also employ other therapies such as cupping, moxibustion, electro stimulation or massage depending on your condition and diagnosis. After treatment, most patients feel relaxed and refreshed.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Most people are not aware that the needles have been inserted. Some will feel a slight pinch or tingling sensation. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is widely acknowledged as one of the safest forms of medicine. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and regulated by state medical boards. One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that it has virtually no side effects.
How often do I need a treatment?
That depends on your medical condition. Your practitioner will formulate a specific treatment plan for you detailing the number of recommended treatments. For some, this might mean 2-3 visit per week for a few weeks and for other one visit per week for several weeks.
What is the difference between a Community Clinic and a Private Room Clinic?
A Community Clinic makes acupuncture more affordable and accessible by promoting the practice of offering acupuncture in community settings (usually a large room with ten to twenty other patients) for a sliding scale ranging within $15-40 a treatment.
As the name suggests, a Private Room Clinic offers treatments in a room that you do not share and where you meet one on one with a practitioner. Fees start at $75 and go up.