What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a natural therapy that has been in practice for several thousand years. The practitioner uses very thin needles (about the thickness of a human hair) placed in various spots of the body to help promote healing as well as pain relief. (for more info on what acupuncture can do for you, visit the “Acupuncture” web page on our site). The premise is that there are twelve channels of energy that travel through your whole body from head to your toes which are meridians. These energy channels are like rivers flowing through your body that irrigate and nourish every cell of your body. Therefore, if there is an obstruction in the pathway of the rivers which block the movement of the energy flow, the pathway will overflow and flood which will restrict the flow of other channels. It will also influence the other tissues of your body.
Chinese have a saying, “Bu Tong Ze Tong”, which means that if the channel is obstructed, there will be pain; if the channel is unobstructed, there will be no pain. Therefore, whenever you have pain in your body, certain channels are definitely obstructed. These channels of energy run in a regular pattern and go through internal channels and connect with the internal organs. Therefore, simply by stimulating the acupuncture point on the surface, it will go through the inside channels and eventually relate to the internal organs.
How can we unblock these obstructions? By inserting the needles into the acupuncture points which are like annex with more energy blockage. Once you unblock the obstruction, you will reopen the regular flow of the body, you will feel smooth, relaxed and calm again. Therefore, acupuncture can help correct the imbalance of the internal organs and improve the digestive absorption and increase the circulation of the “chi”, or energy flow.
On the other hand, if you use the Modern scientific method to explain acupuncture. It stimulates the nervous system in your body so that your body will release chemicals either in your muscles, spinal cord or your brain and these chemicals will either change the experience of your pain, or it will further stimulate the other chemicals to be released, along with other hormones, which will influence the body’s own internal regulating system. There is no medication whatsoever involved. Put simply, it stimulates the body’s own natural healing system and kicks it into gear.
What is an Acupuncture treatment like?
There are a wide variety of styles of acupuncture. Generally three to twelve needles may be used. Acup
uncture needles are solid, slender (slightly thicker than a human hair), and bear no resemblance to hypodermic syringes. The stainless steel, pre-sterilized, disposable needles used at our clinic are of the highest quality. The areas on your body used in treatment will be cleaned in advance with a cotton ball saturated with food-grade ethyl alcohol.
Most insertions are made just beneath the skin’s surface. You may experience two stages of sensation with acupuncture: the insertion (which may feel from nothing at all to like a mosquito bite), and the arrival of energy at the tip of the needle (which may feel achy, distending, warm, electric or tingling). Each person has a unique experience but most people would rarely describe the treatment as painful.
What happens at my first visit?
Your first office visit may require up to 1.5 hours, during which you will have an opportunity to speak at length about your health concerns. This initial visit, designed to enable your practitioner to assess the underlying conditions leading to your current situation, includes an interview and a physical examination. The session is completed in confidentiality. Upon your next visit, you will then be advised of the anticipated frequency of treatments and length of overall course of treatments as well as be given a customized individual treatment plan which will outline the course of the treatments and any recommendations provided for you.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM?
Traditional Chinese Medicine was developed more than 3,000 years ago and is one of the oldest ways of healing people. Since it has been tested and challenged for such a long period of time, it must have been a powerful healing tool just through the time element alone. Chinese philosophy believe that everything should be done in the middle way which means in moderation. When the Chinese say you have disease in your body, they mean you have disorder or disharmony in your body. Therefore, in Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment method, we emphasize harmonizing internal function of the body. This approach of harmony has given the Chinese medicine a handle on many chronic and debilitating conditions. It does not matter how chronic the disease is, if you can correct the body and return it to harmony again, nothing is irreversible.
Is Acupuncture safe?
This is a very common question among those who have never experienced an acupuncture treatment. The answer relies on the skill of the practitioner. If he or she is unsure of what they are doing, it is certainly possible to inflict injury with an acupuncture needle. However, when practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger whatsoever. The importance of seeking an appropriately trained practitioner cannot be overstated.
Are the needles clean?
CA Clinic only utilizes sterilized stainless steel acupuncture needles which are disposed of after use on the patient. It is required by law to have sterilized needles.
Can children or infants receive Acupuncture?
Yes, children can receive acupuncture and often have excellent results with this treatment. However, in cases where the children are uneasy about the needles, a practitioner may choose to use an acupressure treatment (massage of the acupoints), as opposed to acupuncture.