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WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is a 4,000-year-old holistic healing system that originated in China. Over time it has successfully treated billions of people in Asia and is now becoming increasingly popular in the West. It is a complete system for the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of a wide variety of conditions. 

Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese philosophy that sees all sicknesses in the body in terms of an imbalance in the energetic field of the body. This energetic field has been carefully mapped by the Chinese and they have discovered over 400 points that, when stimulated, can effect systemic changes in the body. These points are stimulated by the insertion of very fine, sterile and disposable needles. A combination of these points is carefully selected by the acupuncturist to help activate the body's innate ability to heal itself and return to a state of balance.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

The needles that are used in acupuncture are much thinner than the hypodermic needles that many people are scared of. At most, patients will feel a slight prick, or a warm, numb or heavy feeling momentarily. During the time the needles are in, patients may feel different subtle, non-painful sensations in the body. Patients often are surprised by how pleasant and relaxing an acupuncture treatment is, and many patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep.

yinYang.gifHOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Acupuncture has local and systemic effects on the nervous and circulatory systems and can stimulate the endocrine system. Acupuncture has distinct effects on restoring homeostasis to the body and is effective for animals as well. From an Asian perspective, acupuncture works by affecting a patients' qi (often translated as "vital energy", qi is the common denominator of all things). By influencing the qi, acupuncture has an effect on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?

During the first visit, the acupuncturist will do a comprehensive interview in order to fully understand the patient's unique condition. Then the patient will lie down and the acupuncturist will feel the patient's pulse and look at their tongue. Then the acupuncturist will press different areas of the abdomen, neck and back in order to further deepen his diagnosis. Based on the diagnostic findings, the acupuncturist will select what points he will needle. After the needles are in a place, a warming herb will be applied to some of the points. Then soothing music is put on and the patient is allowed to rest for 25-35 minutes.

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

When done by a trained professional, acupuncture is very safe and has no side effects. Acupuncture does not add anything physical to the body and therefore is a safe complement to Western Medicine and can be safely used with drugs.

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both thoroughly investigated acupuncture and have concluded that it is effective for a wide range of conditions. The WHO has a list of over 100 conditions for which acupuncture is effective including over 30 where acupuncture has been proven to be effective through controlled clinical trials including pain of various body parts, depression, painful menstruation, gastritis, essential hypertension, stroke, arthritis and allergic rhinitis.

IS IT COVERED BY MY HEALTH INSURANCE?

It depends on your own personal health insurance plan.  Don't worry...we can check for you.  In the link below, please be sure to include full name, date of birth, insurance carrier, member id, group # and 1-800 # on back of card (for providers/benefits) in the comments section and specify you would like to verify acupuncture benefits.  Just enter your information here.