Frequently Asked Questions
- How did Acupuncture begin?
Acupuncture, a technique used for over 5000 years, is a comprehensive system that was developed in Far East China. Acupuncture was first introduced into European countries in the 17th century. However, interest in the acupuncture technique did not widespread until late 1900's when traveling restrictions between the Eastern and Western part of the world became less reinforced.
- What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used successfully for the following common disorders:
-Neck, Shoulder, Back and Leg Pain
-Internal Organ Pain
-Nerve Pain (Siatica)
-Joint and Muscle Pain
*Sports and Auto Injuries
*Stress and Depression, Anxiety, ADHD
*Insomnia and Nervous Disorders
*Sexual Dysfunction in both Male and Female
*Infertility in both Male & Female and IVF and IUI Support
*Functional Bowel and Bladder Problems
*Cough and Asthma
*Bell's Palsy and Stroke
*Weight Loss or Weight Gain & Addiction Control
*Fatigue and Insufficient Immunity
*Side-effect of Chemo and Radiation Treatments
* Maintenance of Health
- How Acupuncture affect the body?
Acupuncture, by inserting needles into certain pressure points of the human body, enables more energy flow (Qi) through the human meridians that regulates the functions of the internal organs. As a result this stimulates the human body to heal itself, regain balance, reinforce the immunity system, increase Qi, and also increase Blood circulation.
- Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than hypodermic needles. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible. There is generally a mild sensitivity such as tingling, numbness, or heaviness sensation during the needle insertion. Some people don't even notice when the needle is inserted. Most patients actually enjoy acupuncture because of the relief and health improvements after their treatment.
- Is Acupuncture Compatible With Western Medical Treatments?
Yes, Acupuncture and TCM is a complete and well rounded healing system that can be used in conjunction with almost all other medical systems. In China, it is very common to have an Acupuncture and TCM treatment Department working together with a Western Medical Department in a hospital. For example, a patient undergoing heart surgery might be given acupuncture to boost his or her immune system. At the same time, Acupuncture can be used for anesthesia in surgeries.
- How should I prepare?
Don't be scared to ask questions. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Avoid eating large meals 30 minutes prior to your acupuncture treatment and avoid cold showers 2 hours after your acupuncture treatment. Take note of any changes that occurs between each visits for future references and questions.
- Do Acupuncturists interact with Western Medical Doctors?
Yes, Acupuncturists receive referrals from Western Medical Doctors and refers patients to Western Medical Doctors as well. Patients are always referred to the appropriate specialists when necessary.
- Theories of How Acupuncture Works
By a yet to be determined process, acupuncture raises levels of triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globulins, opsonins, and overall anti-body levels. This is called the "Augmentation of Immunity" Theory.
The "Endorphin" Theory states that acupuncture stimulates the secretions of endorphins in the body (specifically Enkaphalins).
The "Neurotransmitter" Theory states that certain neurotransmitter levels (such as Serotonin and Noradrenalin) are positively affected by acupuncture.
The "Circulatory" Theory holds that acupuncture has the effect of constriction or dilation of blood vessels. This may be caused by the body's release of Vasodilaters (such as Histamine), in response to acupuncture.
The "Gate" Theory states that the perception of pain is controlled by a part of the nervous system that regulates the impulse, which will later be interpreted as pain. This part of the nervous system is called the "Gate". If the gate is hit with too many impulses, it is overwhelmed and will close, preventing the pain impulse from getting through. Acupuncture treats the smallest gates and nerve fibers which are the ones first affected. The Theories above are from Medical Science Articles, therefore the credits are given to the authors of the Articles