Questions and Answers

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine has been practiced for over 4,000 years and is used extensively throughout the world. It is a medical system in which the entire body is treated, not just the symptoms. The goal is to attain balance between the body's two forces, yin and yang, thereby achieving and maintaining good health.
There are several modalities which are included in the art of Chinese medicine:herbal medicine,acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, qi gong, tui na, and nutrition . Acupuncture is the most popular modality.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a proven method of medical treatment originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is a simple precedure that involves stimulating some of the over 800 vital energy points in the human body with fine, hair-thin needles to balance and harmonize the flow of chi (pronounced "chee") or "life energy" which flows in the body along pathways called meridians from head to toe. By restoring the balance of Qi in the body, acupuncture not only heals disease and pain, but also promotes the wellness of a healthy person. Acupuncture is a natural and holistic treatment that has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective therapy for many conditions and is practiced in many countries around the world today.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

The list is huge! If you click on disorders outlines below you will see a list of conditions commonly treated in the acupuncture clinic. This list could go on for ever! It is also interesting to note that acupuncture can treat conditions that may not have a western diagnosis. It is not unusual for people to visit their GP for a general feeling of unwellness but they do not have a specify diagnosis. This can be frustrating since the patient feels unwell but does not have any direction in terms of diagnosis. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and offers a different outlook to Western medicine. Chinese medicine identifies patterns of disharmony that explain what is going on from a Chinese Medical perspective. In cases, it may be possible to identify a disharmony and correct it before it develops into something more serious that is identifiable within Western medicine. This is the essence of preventable medicine. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared acupuncture effective for these and more than 200 other conditions, such as: Circulatory disorders, Disorders of the bones, muscles, and joints,Disorders of the nervous system Emotional and psychological disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Gynecological disorders Immune disorders,Pregnancy-related complaints, Respiratory disorders, Sleep and stress disorders Urogenital disorders.Acupuncture can also be used as supportive therapy for many other chronic and debilitating disorders. More

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Not usually. A very gentle needling technique is used and the sensation experienced from an acupuncture needle is nothing like that of a hypodermic needle. In fact, acupuncture needles are one-tenth the thickness of a hypodermic needle. Most patients do not mind the needles and love coming in for their treatments. In the US, only sterile, one-time use needles (that are sealed prior to use) are allowed. After use, the acupuncture needles must be disposed

What Can I Expect At My First Treatment?

Upon arriving for your first visit, you will complete a simple questionnaire providing details about your condition. You will discuss your answers privately with your acupuncturist.

In Chinese medicine, the diagnostic system is different from that of western medicine. It includes an examination of your tongue, taking your pulses, and a few other simple observations. After looking at the whole "picture", a diagnosis will be arrived at, which will determine what point prescription and modalities will be used.

How Many Treatments Will It Take To Get Results?

The number of treatments needed to get results will depend on the the nature, severity and duration of your condition. An average course of acupuncture treatments could range from 8 to 15. Some conditions warrant less treatments, some may require more.

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