Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Originated in China over 5,000 years ago, acupuncture therapy is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
During an acupuncture treatment, an acupuncturist places fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body's Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, drug-free therapy to treat a wide variety of health problems.
What is Qi and How does it Travel?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced as “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people. In the same way, meridian pathways transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.
When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in others. This lockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.
- Bladder issues ( incontinence, frequent urination, infection )
- Blood pressure problems
- Cancer care
- Chronic fatigue
- Common cold
- Digestive issues
- Emotional/Mental issues ( anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, etc )
- Eye issues ( vision weakness, glaucoma )
- Facial palsy / Tics
- Hair issues
- Headache / Migraine
- Hearing issues
- Heart arrhythmia
- Irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS )
- Menstrual irregularities
- Muscle/Joint issues
- Nervous/Spinal injury
- Nose/Sinus issues
- Pregnant issues
- Pro/Post natal issues
- Pro/Post operation care
- Prostate issues
- Reproductive system issues
- Seasonal affecting disorder
- Sexual dysfunction
- Skin issues ( eczema )
- Sleep issues
- Substance addiction ( alcohol, drug, smoking )
- Teeth and gum issues
- Urinary tract infections
What is the Meridian System?
Meridian system is the body energy system. It is an invisible energy pathway that was found over 5,000 years ago by ancient Chinese doctors. The meridians conduct life-force energy or Qi (pronounced “Chee”) in and around all the parts of the body. Blockage or interference in these meridians can result in energy imbalance that contributes to negative health conditions. The primary goal of acupuncture is to unblock the stagnation of meridians and rebalance overall system
Does the Needle Hurt?
The sensation caused by acupuncture needles varies. As the needles are inserted, some people feel a little pain, like a mosquito bites, but most people do not feel much at all. The needles are thin, and most acupoints are less sensitive than the finger tips.
Normally, acute conditions tend to respond to acupuncture more rapidly. Those with chronic issues need more visits. The sooner you have the treatment, the less numbers of sessions you need. The patient’s health condition (physical and mental) impacts the outcome of acupuncture. Each patient’s reaction to acupuncture is different. Some people experience immediate relief while others may take months to achieve the expectation. In general, the severer health condition you have, the more visits you need
The medications you are taking also interfere the healing process. They lead to a slow or no response to acupuncture
The experience and skills of an acupuncturist play a role of your healing as well. When an experienced acupuncturist focuses on treating the causes of the health problems more than the symptoms, you notice the changes sooner, then you need less numbers of sessions
As each individual case is unique, you should discuss your situation with the acupuncturist.