What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain, relieve and reduce inflammation, increase circulation and increase the healing process.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Most likely the sensations that are most often described during an acupuncture treatment are tingling, traveling, dispersing, lifting, heavy, achy, warm, pressure, tightness, or nothing at all. During a treatment, most people are extremely relaxed or fall asleep. After a treatment, feeling more relaxed, less stress, more focused and refreshed.
Are Acupuncture Needles Sterile?
Yes, the government requires Licensed Acupuncturists to use pre-sterilized acupuncture needles that are disposed after one single use.
Acupuncture generally does not cause bleeding. If a person is prone to bruising easily, it can occur. Blood capillaries are everywhere, sometimes hard to avoid if not readily seen at the surface of the skin - and this may cause a tiny spot of blood to emerge. These are mild reactions and no cause for concern.
What is 'bleeding'?
Sometimes with the use of an acupuncture needle or a lancet, a small drop or two of blood is purposely drawn. This can cause a relief in symptoms of heat or fever. This is a traditional therapy that brings an immediate sense of relief to the patient, and it is not painful.
What is Fire Cupping? Fire cupping is a technique or method of applying suction by placing glass, plastic, or bamboo cups on the skin. This therapy is used to relieve what is called "stagnation" in Traditional Chinese Medicine Terms. It is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis, by relieving fluid in the lungs.. Cupping is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, neck, leg, abdominal and other musculoskeletal pain. This technique, in varying forms, has also been found in the folk medicine of Vietnam, the Balkans, modern Greece, and Russia, among other places. This technique produces blood congestion at the site of the cups, stimulating the movement of blood underneath, relieving the stagnation. Cupping can leave temporary marks on the skin, which may range from light pink to dark purple. The marks will disappear usually in one week.
What is Moxibustion? Moxibustion is an oriental medicine therapy utilizing moxa, or mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. The mugwort is aged and grinded to a fluff; similar to cotton. Practitioners will burn the moxa or process it further into a stick that resembles a cigar. Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. They can use it indirectly above the skin, on the ends of acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it directly on a patient's skin, with use of a layer of burn cream to prevent burning. It is claimed that moxibustion can work against cold and dampness in the body and can supposedly serve to turn breech babies.
How Many treatments are recommended? The number of treatments vary for every person. Some people experience immediate relief while others may take months to years. Each individual is unique, therefore each treatment will be unique to that persons needs. Typically, four to six treatments are recommended for acute problems. Chronic conditions may require more treatments over a longer period of time. This could vary from one to four treatments per week for a few months up to a year. Results will depend on, severity and duration of the condition, constitution, lifestyle and diet.
Is Acupuncture Safe? Acupuncture is an all natural, drug-free therapy that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions with no adverse side effects. Unless feeling more relaxed, reduction of stress and an overall sense of balance and well-being are side effects!!
Know Your Acupuncturist Please Click on the PDF file below to view a chart which is designed to illustrate the varying levels of education undertaken by healthcare professionals in acupuncture only and not in related curriculum, such as in the biosciences. Acupuncture should only be administered by a practitioner who has specific education in this field due to risk of improper needling, inadequate understanding of Oriental medical diagnostic procedures, transmission of disease, imbalance of energy, or ethical violations.
Ask your practitioner about his or her education in order to ensure that you receive the most professional acupuncture care available for your optimal health and wellness.