Frequently Asked Questions about AcupunctureQ. What is Acupuncture?

A. Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental medicine. It consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese for over 3,000 years. There are over 1,100 known acupoints.

Q. What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

A. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, such as:

  1. Respiratory Disorders-Colds, flus, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema
  2. Gastrointestinal Disorders- Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers
  3. Circulatory Disorders- Hypertension, neuropathy, high cholesterol
  4. Gynecological Disorders- PMS, infertilty, menstrual irregularity, menopausal syndrome, menstraul irregularity
  5. Psychoemotional and Neurological Disorders- Depression, anxiety, headache, dizziness, post-stroke paralysis, tinnitus, insomnia, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia
  6. Musculoskeletal Disorders- Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, low back pain, TMJ
  7. Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders- Toothaches, earaches, sinnusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis.

Q. How does Acupuncture work?

A. Modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how acupuncture works. Traditional Asian acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theories of the flow of “qi” (a fine, essential substance which nourishes and constructs the body) through distinct channels that cover the body somewhat like nerves and blood vessels. According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck and overflowing. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts. Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of qi.

“If there is pain, there is no free flow. If there is free flow, there is no pain.”

Q. Is Acupuncture safe?

A. When performed by a licensed, competently trained, professional acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. All licensed acupuncturists today use individually packaged, sterile, disposable, needles. So there is virtually no chance for infection or contagion.

Q. Does it hurt?

A. Acupuncture needles are horse hair thin and their insertion is practically painless. It is nothing like receiving an ordinary injection. In some cases, ear needles are used and there is less tissue in the ear, so those can be more tender. Many times people do not even notice the points in the body after insertion. Some sensations that have been reported are “tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of qi moving up/down the body”. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and fall asleep during treatment!

Q. How many treatments will I need?

A. That depends on the severity, duration and nature of the specific complaint. For acute conditions, you may only need a single treatment. For chronic conditions a more realistic number would be 5-10.

Q. What can I expect after a treatment?

A. Clients often experience dramatic results in the first treatment. Some experience partial or full relief in pain symptoms especially in acute conditions. This relief may last hours to days. In cases of stress-related disorders, a feeling of relaxation and neutralization of the sympathetic nervous system can be achieved within one treatment. This brings about a calming effect, lowering blood pressure.