Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine FAQ

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of health care that is a complete medical system. Fine, sterile needles are placed on specific points of the body that are known to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture adjusts the flow of Qi in the body by moving areas of stagnation or bringing Qi to areas of vacuity or deficiency. Acupuncture is an energy medicine that promotes healing by balancing the Qi in our body.

What is Qi?

Qi is a fine, essential substance which warms, nourishes and protects the body from illness and disease. Qi or life energy flows throughout the body along pathways called channels or meridians that have been mapped by the Chinese over 2500 years ago.

Each meridian is connected to specific organs. Meridians are like rivers of energy that transport life giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, tissue and muscle.
When Qi flows freely, one enjoys good physical and emotional well-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body causes stagnation.

“Where there is stagnation,there is pain.
Where there is free flow, there is no pain.

What causes the Qi to become stuck or deficient?

Many things cause the Qi to become stagnant or deficient including physical and emotional trauma, scars, emotional stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet and accidents. External factors include Wind, Cold, Damp, Dryness, Heat and Summer Heat. Internal causes of disease are the seven affects (emotions).

Do Needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, not much thicker than a hair. Insertion is practically painless. At times there is a sensation of tingling, warmth or heaviness. Most people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing.

How long is an acupuncture treatment?

The first office call is 1 ½ hour. Subsequent treatments are 1 hour.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments varies depending on the duration and severity of your condition in addition to your overall condition. Some patients get significant relief in one treatment. Chronic and more severe conditions require more treatments. Everything takes longer as we get older!

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and The World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment in a wide variety of medical problems. In addition, acupuncture has been used for centuries throughout Asia to treat hundreds of other health problems.

  • Ear Nose & Throat Disorders: Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis
  • Respiratory Disorders: Colds & flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, acid reflux, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Circulatory disorders: Hypertension, high cholesterol, peripheral neuropathy, restless leg disorder
  • Urological disorders: Cystitis, stress incontinence, urinary tract infection, prostatitis
  • Gynecological Disorders: Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopausal syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Tennis elbow, shoulder pain, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Neurological Disorders: Headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, facial tics, Bell’s Palsy, Parkinson’s, post-stroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus, chronic fatigue
  • Psycho-emotional: Depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, smoking cessation