FAQ

What is acupuncture?

Fotosearch_k7871994 (c) corachaos www.fotosearch.com Stock PhotographyAcupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine treatment that has been practiced for at least 3000 years. It is a unique therapy by inserting needles into certain spots of the body (acupuncture points to regulate folow of the energy of the human body to treat diseases. Acupuncture has been proved very effective for many pain conditions, digestive disorders, mental disorders, and infertility.

How can you benefit from Acupuncture treatment?

The human body is composed of qi, acupuncture helps qi in the meridians move normally. Health lies in smooth flow of qi in the buman body. Therefore, acupuncture does not only treat diseases, it is also an important preventative measure to maintain your health.

Does acupuncture hurt?

We use fine needles to do acupuncture. In most cases, the needles withh quickly penetrate the skin and you will not feel so much. It may hurt a little bit when it touches blood vessel or nerve, then you may have a mosquito bite sensation, but it is very tolerable.

Acupuncture works by regulating flow of qi. The way to know the qi is responding to the treayment is to stimulate the points with some special manipulations of the needles. When you feel some kinds of heaviness, soreness, numbness or just a strong sensation, we call it “sensation of gaining qi”. This will be much more effective than just inserting needles without any sensation produced.

How should I prepare for acupuncture treatment?

There are four things I would like you to do before you come to my clinic:

  •  Wear loose clothing.
  •  Come to the clinic 10 minutes early for the required paper work.
  •  Eat some food beforehand.
  •  Download the patient intake form  and complete the form.

How often should I get acupuncture treatment?

Fotosearch_k8015091 (c) dotweb www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography Acupuncture does not work wonder all the time. It depends on your conditions and your response for us to decide how many treatments you need. Typically, we can start with the treatment twice a week for 3 weeks. When the conditions are greatly relieved, we can reduce the treatment to once a week until you feel recovered. In some special cases, you should come three times a week for two or three weeks first to have the best therapeutic results. Then depending on the change of your conditions, we may do acupuncture once a week or twice a week. When you feel totally fine, we still suggest that you come once every month for maintenance, to prevent conditions (such as lower back pain) from recurring.

What can I expect after acupuncture treatment?

Some conditions such as sinus congestion, some headaches,or pain conditions, can be quickly relieved, so you can tell the difference immediately after your first treatment. But in most cases, you may not feel so much improvement since acupuncture brings an accumulative effect, you probably notice the difference after several treatments. Some conditions may require long-term treatment to the result.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is widely used to treat the following conditions:

Depression
Stress
Anxiety
Insomnia
Menstrual disorders
Irregular menstruation
Infertility
Cancer as an adjuvant treatment.

Respiratory disorders:
Cold
Bronchitis
Asthma
Emphysema

Digestive disorders:
Colitis
IBS
Peptic ulcer
Gastritis
Acute gastroenteritis

Neurological disorders:
Peripheral neuropathy
Shingles
Bell’s Palsy
Trigerminal neuralgia
Stroke

Musculo-skeletal disorders:
Low back pain
Shoulder pain
Neck pain & Knee pain
Arthritis
Ankles sprain
Dropped foot
Tennis elbow
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Trigger’s finger

Metabolic and urological disorders:
Obesity
Urinary infection
Prostatitis