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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely adopted healing practices in the East. The treatment originated in China more than 4000 years ago. It involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at various points of the body. The needles are subsequently manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation to regulate various internal systems. Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including eczema, headaches, asthma, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, constipation, waist and back pain, high blood pressure, allergies, insomnia and digestive disorders.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture was developed by the Chinese with over 4000 years of clinical observations. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body stores two opposing and inseparable energy forces: ying and yang. Ying represents the cold, slow or passive energy, and yang represents the hot, fast or active force. Any disruption or inbalance in the two states of energy leads to blockage of qi (vital energy) along the meridians (pathways) in the body. This blockage consequently causes various diseased states. It is believed that there are 12 main meridians (pathways) and 8 secondary meridians. There are more than 361 acupuncture points on the human body along these meridians. According to TCM, acupuncture works by stimulating the various points along the meridians, and opening blockages along the meridians. This process restores the flow of energy and the balance of energy forces within the body. At present, it is still difficult to fully explain the mechanism of acupuncture in the framework of Western allopathic medicine. However, a number of studies sponsored by the National Institute of Health have shed light on this ancient treatment modality. It is suggested that acupuncture regulates the nervous system and the immune system. Through the use of MRIs and other modern imaging devices, it has been shown that acupuncture can also alter brain chemistry by affecting the release of neurotransmitters (e.g. endorphins) and hormones. The release of these chemicals can help to regulate downstream body functions, such as boosting the immune system and normalizing blood pressure.

How widely is Acupuncture used in the United States?

Acupuncture was first introduced in the United States in 1971 by a New York Times reporter who described Chinese physicians using needles to ease his pain after surgery. Over the past few decades, the treatment has gained wider acceptance in the West as an adjunctive, or even main, treatment modality for many medical conditions. An estimated 10.6 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the past year, according to the National Health Interview Survey in 2009.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes, It is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles in 1996. Here at our center, we only use extremely fine, sterile, disposable needles. In the hands of experienced practitioners, acupuncture treatment is a safe and effective procedure.

What does Acupuncture feel like? Is it painful?

Acupuncture needles are less than 1/10 the thickness of the standard needle. When inserted, you may experience a variety of sensations including: heaviness, warmth, or tingling near or along the meridians where needles have been placed. These sensations are known as “de qi” or “arrival of qi.” In Oriental medicine, these feelings are indications that your body is responding to the treatment. Most people find it relaxing.

How many treatments do I need?

The effectiveness of acupuncture treatment varies for each patient, depending on the severity, nature and chronicity of the condition. Furthermore, Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the whole person and not the disease in isolation. Hence, an individual’s diet, lifestyle, surroundings and mental state also play major roles in the healing process. At our center, we have many patients who were successfully treated for acute conditions, such as back pain, fatigue, and constipation within 3 months. Often times, these patients choose to have continual follow up visits for general health maintenance and disease prevention.

What should I expect during my first visit?

Your first visit to our center will be a lengthy visit. We will ask about your specific health complaints as well as your general mood, lifestyle, diet, and family health history. Knowing this information will help us to successfully diagnose your condition, treat your entire body and improve your health. Please bring a list of any medications and recent lab tests for your conditions.

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Its use for medicinal purposes probably pre-dates the use of acupuncture. In the past, Chinese physicians would prescribe a combination of different herbs. These herbs are brewed into a tea and taken by the patient. Today, pre-made herbal formulas are produced in the form of pills and concentrated powders. This improvement eliminates the need to cook the herbs and ensures consistent quality of herbs.

What kind of Acupuncture needles do you use?

We only use disposable needles that are high quality and sterile.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept most insurance, including United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and Cigna, provided that your plan allows coverage for acupuncture. Please check with your insurance company about their policy for acupuncture treatment. We will work with you to submit the required documentation so that you can be reimbursed.

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