What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for many centuries. It is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. The art of acupuncture is done by a trained and licensed specialist called an ‘Acupuncturist.’ The Acupucturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific points on the body. These points activate the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) and promote natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. Acupuncture can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

How safe is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.

How should I prepare for my visit?

Write down and bring any questions you may have, your acupuncturist is there to help you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to acupuncture points. Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit. Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after your visit. Avoid any stressful situations, make time to relax and be sure to get plenty of rest. Between your visits, make note of any changes that may have occurred such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of symptoms.

What to expect during your visit

The needles are approximately the size of a cat’s whisker. The sensation caused by acupuncture needles varies. You may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache where the acupuncture needle has been inserted. Sometimes people experience a little pain as the needles are inserted, or a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the “Qi Sensation.” All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. The depth of insertion varies from person to person. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

What your Acupuncturist will do

During the initial exam, a full healthy history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from thirty to sixty minutes.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by leading national and international health organizations to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Here are some of the health concerns that acupuncture may help: Anxiety and depression, Adverse reactions to radiotherapy or chemotherapy, abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm), allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), bell’s palsy, cancer pain. chronic gastritis, morning sickness, diabetes mellitus (non-insulin dependent), dysmenorrhoea, earache, epistaxis, facial pain, facial spasm, female infertility, fibromyalgia and fasciitis, headache, hepatitis b virus carrier status, herpes zoster, hypertension, induction of labor, insomnia, knee pain, leukopenia, low back pain, male sexual dysfunction (non organic), malposition of fetus, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain in dentistry, peptic ulcer, periarthritis of shoulder, polycystic ovary syndrome, postoperative pain, premenstrual syndrome, prostatitis, raynaud syndrome, renal colic, retention of urine (traumatic), rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, sciatica, sore throat (including tonsillitis), acute spine pain, sprain, stiff neck, stroke, TMJ dysfunction, tennis elbow, tobacco dependence, chronic ulcerative colitis, and whooping cough.