Q: What is Acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is one of the oldest known methods of healing and has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease for over two thousand years. By inserting very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body that have a high concentration of neuro-vascular tissue, acupuncture can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
Many health problems are caused by imbalances in the body. Acupuncture focuses on alleviating these imbalances so that the body can heal itself. Acupuncture can have a profound impact on organ function, hormonal levels, circulation, sleep patterns, and energy level.
Q: I know Acupuncture involves needles. Does it hurt?
A: Acupuncture should not be painful. When I insert a needle, I look for signs that qi has arrived by one of a number of signs. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, or it may just feel strange. It is important that the sensation of Qi be felt. Occasionally you may feel a throbbing ache, which may also be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition.
At no time, though, should you have any sensation that is beyond your tolerance level. If you do, let me know right away. The fact is that the vast majority of clients report that, after a while, they begin to feel a real sense of well-being, almost euphoria.
Q: I have heard Acupuncture can be dangerous. Is this true?
A: In the hands of skilled practitioner, acupuncture is perfectly safe. However, there are some things to be aware of. Since needles are being inserted into the body, cautions are recommended when working around major organs or around the face. An experienced practitioner inserts needles in this area at an angle, uses shorter needles and avoids deep penetration especially in elderly and slender clients.
Q: I have heard that Acupuncture is good for pain. Is it good for anything else?
A: The list of diseases and conditions for which Acupuncture would be an appropriate treatment is extensive. Acupuncture is a complete medical system in itself, and is also an excellent compliment to almost any other treatment including Western pharmaceuticals & surgery, herbal therapies, and massage therapy.
Acupuncture is not a miracle cure. It cannot cure cancer, for example. If you break a leg, I would recommend you go to the local Emergency Room. But afterwards, Acupuncture treatments can help with pain and to speed healing.
It should be noted that acupuncture is not only good if you are sick or injured. Even if you are not so sick, acupuncture is good for balancing the body’s systems and promoting good health and well-being.
Q: Will Acupuncture interfere with my medication?
A: The short answer is no. You may find your medication working more efficiently since acupuncture has a tendency to remove blockages and balance the energetic pathways. If your medication is dosage sensitive, make sure you see your Doctor to monitor your dosages. Make sure you know what the signs of overdosing are, if any. It is never a good idea to stop taking medication without your Doctor’s guidance. Western pharmaceuticals are potent. In many cases you need to reduce dosages gradually to avoid unpleasant reactions.