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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Fundamental to Chinese medicine is the concept of Qi or energy, which runs through the body and along its surface in regular patterns called channels or meridians. The channels go deep to the organs and pass through different levels to just below the skin where it can be contacted with acupuncture needles. These channels nourish and regulate the functions of the body. When the energy is blocked or depleted, pain or illness results. Needling acupuncture points normalize the flow of Qi to help correct internal imbalances in the body.

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What can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is effective in treating most ailments presented at a GP’s surgery. It is especially valuable in chronic disease that orthodox medicine can only alleviate with drugs such as asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, hypertension and depression. Painful conditions anywhere in the body such as headache, migraine, arthritis, back pain, stiffness of joints or muscles can also benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Many acute complaints can be treated including strains and sprains, shingles, 
cystitis, menstrual disorders, diarrhea and vomiting, cough, cold and sore throats.

Acupuncture also recognizes and treats many disharmonies that have no medical diagnosis, a non-specific not quite right feeling characterized by any of the following: fatigue, lethargy, vague aches and pains, digestive problems, difficulty in sleeping, anxiety, tension, palpitations or dizziness.

People with addictions to smoking, drugs or alcohol may be helped by acupuncture to reduce the dependencies.

Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventative medicine. It has been verified that acupuncture stimulates the immune function, which increases resistance to bacterial and viral infections.

Are There Any Conditions in Which Acupuncture is Not Intended for?

Emergency conditions that should not be treated with acupuncture.
• Accidents
• Poisoning
• Burns
• Heart Attacks
• Fractures
• Lacerations
• Loss of Blood
• Dehydration

What to Expect During Treatment.

Acupuncture is an holistic medicine and aims to discover the roots of illness. We will discuss the main problem in detail and ask other questions about aspects of your health. We will examine your tongue and take your pulse, which will inform us of your Qi. Physical examination will be performed for any musculoskeletal problems. Each treatment will last approximately 45 minutes.

How Many Treatments do I Need?

Since each person is unique, the number of treatments will vary. Among the 
determining factors are the nature, severity and history of each person’s complaint. As well as the general health of the individual. usually one or two treatments per week are necessary to begin with. Many conditions can be alleviated very rapidly with acupuncture and herbs. Chronic illness may require treatment for several weeks or longer. Acute problems generally respond much faster. As in any form of medical care, the patients attitude, diet, determination, and lifestyle will effect the outcome and course of treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturists your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and are one-time use only

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. We also can try massage, cupping or other methods.

Does Medical Insurance Cover Acupuncture Treatment?

Some health insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments. You should contact your health insurance company to verify acupuncture coverage. We would also be happy to verify coverage for you. Please call us to discuss the specifics of your situation.

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