Questions and Answers
Q. What is Acupuncture?
A. Acupuncture is a 5,000 year-old branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a natural form of healing (No drugs… No surgery). Acupuncture is concerned with restoring balanced energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies.Explanations: The Chinese definition of Health is “All parts of the body are functioning normally”, all 400 trillion parts. If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow or life force (called Qi in Chinese), then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.
Q. How do you detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?
A. By many methods, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, organ reflex points, pulse/tongue reading or instrument analysis (Acugraph).
Q. What are some of the conditions treated by Acupuncture?
A. Textbook listed conditions run into the hundreds. Some common ailments usually responsive to acupuncture health care include: headaches, tics, spasms, neuralgia of the shoulder/arm, tennis elbow, arthritis, ulcers, stomach problems, diarrhea, constipation, asthma, coughs, colds, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, lumbago, bladder irritation, infertility, weight loss/appetite control, kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, weak eyesight, hay fever, allergies, skin conditions, depression/anxiety, and many more.
The above list may seem long as though acupuncture were a “magic cure-all”. The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred conditions. Please be mindful of the fact that acupuncture is not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself.
TCM & Acupuncture are concerned with the systems of the body as a whole—nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc. The goal is balance within those systems to optimize function and vitality.
Q. How are acupuncture treatments performed?
A. First, the related skin points are determined. Then they are appropriately treated by one of over thirty methods of stimulation. Some include: 1) Long needle insertion (especially done in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery); 2) Short needle penetration; 3)Non-piercing needles; 4) Fingertip pressure (called shishin or “finger needles”); 5) Metallic balls taped to the points; 6) Electrical stimulation; 7) Moxibustion (burning of herbs over the points).
Note: Electric stimulation and the non-piercing needle (teishin) is very popular because the technique is practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques.
Q. Is treatment painful & how many treatments will I need?
A. Treatments are not painful. In fact, most people find them calming and relaxing. Most people compare the sensation to less than that of a mosquito bite.Obviously the number of treatments will vary with condition and patient. Chronic problems generally require more treatments. Some patients notice immediate improvement, whereas others may not notice effects until several treatments have been performed. Researchers agree that the average number of treatments is between ten and sixteen, and frequency is between two and four times per week.
Q. Out of, say 10 patients accepted for acupuncture health care, how many usually respond favorably?
A. On the average, 8. Two out of the ten fail to respond favorably for a variety of reasons—advanced age, severity of condition, irreversible tissue damage or compliance to care will all affect response to acupuncture treatments.