HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi(energy) and Xue(blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. Acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is excessive. Where there is pain, there is no free flow of Qi. Acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
Patients often experience dramatic results after the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. The relief may last or some pain may return after a day or so. In some cases, patients notice the diminishment of pain over the next couple of days. Generally you should expect to feel better, but in some small percentage of cases the treatment provokes a healing crisis; in such cases, the pain actually increases as a result of the treatment. This is actually a positive sign and usually indicates that relief will follow subsequent treatments.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is highly effective not only as a preventative medicine, but as a drug-free treatment of signs and symptoms. Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system and evidence shows it releases endorphins from the brain, which makes acupuncture particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood; the functioning of the gastrointestinal system; and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture works with body, strengthening and balancing energy. It improves circulation and enhance immune function, which allows the body to heal itself quickly and completely.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS AND HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED THEM?
This depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your complaint.You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative chronic problems may require many treatments over time. Generally, the recommendation is two to three treatments per week for the first few weeks. Once a week treatment may be given after the condition has significantly improved.
CAN ACUPUNCTURE IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE OR TREAT SPORTS OR WORK-OUT INJURIES ?
Yes, acupuncture can speed healing and eliminate the discomfort of many sports injuries.
CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP SENIOR CITIZENS?
Yes, the elderly can often experience great benefits from enhanced circulation. It can assist with insomnia. It can increase mental clarity and regulate blood pressure. In China it is recommended for stroke patients as soon as possible after their diagnosis and is helpful in eliminating or decreasing related paralysis.
WHAT IF I AM HEALTHY, CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP PREVENT FUTURE PROBLEMS OR ENHANCE HEALTH ?
Yes. Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventive medicine. Recent research has now verified that acupuncture stimulates immune function, which increase resistance to bacterial and viral infections. Acupuncture can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy. It treats underline causes, resulting in a deeper kind of healing. It brings about profound changes in people’s lives on the emotional level as well. Many people find that occasional acupuncture tune-ups are the best medicine to ensure continuing health.