Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture too, is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians or channels, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets stuck or blocked, like a traffic jam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems.
Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has been practiced since its inception in China over 2000 years ago. Acupuncture involves the use of very fine, sterile, single-use needles inserted into the skin at varies acupuncture points on the body. When acupoints are stimulated, they reduce inflammation, regulate organ functions, balance hormones, improve circulation, reduce stress and promote homeostasis to restore normal physiological function.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: The frequency and number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief after the first treatment; others may take more sessions to achieve desired results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Treatment is customized for each patient and frequently depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “tune ups.”
Q: What to expect at my initial visit?
A: During the initial intake, besides your main health concern, there will also be discussion about your overall health. TCM diagnosis also involves taking pulse and looking at the tongue. Initial intake usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Next is the acupuncture treatment, after the needles are inserted, they will be left in place for 20 to 30 minutes, total initial visit is 60 -90 minutes. Follow-up sessions last about 45-60 minutes.
We believe that acupuncture care is the cornerstone of any comprehensive and holistic health program. When your body works the way nature intended, your spirit soars--and so do you. Acupuncture works both to maintain good health and as a means to intervene when you are facing illness or disease.