ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is the insertion of 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 over a period of 4000 years. Recently scientific research has confirmed their locations and their functions on the brain.

What problems cab be treated by Acupuncture?

The World Health Organization has said that acupuncture is suitable for treating the following:
1. Ear, Nose, and Throat disorders
Toothaches, pain after tooth extraction,
Earaches
Sinus inflammation
Nasal Inflammation or dryness

2. Eye disorders
inflammation of the conjunctiva, of the retina
nearsightedness (in children)
uncomplicated cataracts.

3. Gastrointestinal disorders
digestive tract problems
hiccups
inflammation of the stomach
chronic duodenal ulcers
inflammation of the colon
constipation
diarrhea
dysentery caused by certain bacteria

4. Nervous and muscular system disorders
Headaches
Migraines
Certain Facial paralysis
Nerve pain
partial weakness after a stroke
Nerve inflammation
Bed wetting
Frozen Shoulder
Tennis Elbow
Sciatica
Low back pain
Osteoarthritis

5. Respiratory Disorders
Uncomplicated bronchial asthma in children and adults

Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to treat many other problems such as gynecological problems especially fertility and helping a baby to turn around in the womb.

How deep the needles go?

That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the point selected, the patient's size, age and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist 'style or school. Usually, needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth.

Does it hurt ?
You may feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or an electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridians, or energy pathway. Usually the discomfort if felt is mild

Are the needle sterilized?

Our Acupuncturist uses sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles. They are not saved or reused for later treatments eliminating the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by needle contamination.

How does acupuncture work?

Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chines theories the flow of Qi or Chi and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like nerves and blood vessels do. according to the ancient, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is Deficient and away from it is Excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying, " There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain , there is no free flow".

How many treatments will I need?

that depends on the duration, severity and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5 to 15 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditons may require many treatments over time.

Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?

Yes
1. Relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you may have.
2. Do not change position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your Acupuncturist.
3. Some people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during treatment. This often occurs if you are nervous. Let your practitioner know if you feel increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.

What should I expect after the treatment ?

You may note a spot of blood at one or more sites and/ or a small bruise could develop.
patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief or other symptoms. It may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice that the pain diminish over the next couple of days . Generally you should expect to feel better.