What problems are commonly treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?
The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including:
(This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat.)
|Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
|Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
||Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
||Emotional and Psychological Disorders
*Acupuncture Also Effectively Treats
- Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
- Dermatological Disorders
- Weight Control
Does acupuncture needle hurt?
This is by far one of the most frequently asked questions. Everyone responds to acupuncture needles differently. Some people feel more sensitivity than others, and even the same people feel them differently based on different parts of the body and sometimes, different days. Sensitivity to needles often indicates energy imbalance. Others may not feel much sensation at all, if any, it may just feel like a tiny mosquito bite. Even if you feel a little pain, it should not last very long.
How Acupuncture can help you
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions. Many people try Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a “last resort” to serious and complex medical problems and find that it can help them when other treatments could not.
Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist only 2-4 times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment. This can prevent disease and promote health, energy and vitality.
Your acupuncturist will have to look at the onset of your condition and see what your constitutional diagnosis is to determine if Oriental Medicine can help you. Each case is unique and it would be difficult to determine how effective acupuncture will be for you without a full assessment. Please contact several licensed acupuncturists in your area for a consultation to find the best suited practitioner for you.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
We practice the Mei Zen System of cosmetic acupuncture. This is the style of practice that was introduced in Oprah magazine in June 2010. Some of the results of cosmetic acupuncture include a reduction of fine lines (they may even disappear), the skin gets softer and more vibrant, age spots fade, cheeks get smoother, improvement in acne and rosascea, and a “leveling” of deeper lines. Many people also experience beneficial side effects including the decrease or evaporation of hot flashes, night sweats and/or headache, reversal of mild depression and/or anxiety, better sleep and digestion, more energy. This is because we still treat the whole person with cosmetic acupuncture and not just the face. More about MeiZen cosmetic acupuncture can be found here.
Brief history of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
It all started several thousand years ago in China. The ancient people were living in congruent with nature and seasons. Over the many centuries and years, they figured out what plants, flowers, creatures cured which health conditions. They figured out some massage techniques and points on the body to needle using sharp objects like carved stones. Fast forward several thousand years, Western influences were very strong in the 1,800’s, and in 1928, the Nationalist government declared the practice of Chinese medicine illegal, believing it superstitious and backward compared to the growing influence of penicillin based western medicine. During the cultural revolution (1966-76) many Chinese Medicine doctors were jailed and killed and many written traditional knowledge were destroyed. After 1976, China again started rebuilding the Traditional Chinese medical hospitals alongside Western medical hospitals and brought back some of the old teachers to teach at the institutions. In the US, acupuncture was illegal until it was legalized in California in 1978. Many years later today, it is legalized in most states in America. Today’s Chinese Medicine is not exactly like it was practiced centuries ago in it’s pure forms and it has been merged and blended with Western medical knowledge.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is just one of the modalities of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Simply put, it works by inserting very tiny thin needles in the body at specific locations (acupuncture points) on specific channels (meridians) that your vital energy or “qi” runs through like streams or rivers in the body. It is based on the premise that your pain or disease comes from the blockage of qi causing “stagnation” in various locations of your body. This blockage is cause by physical, mental as well as emotional issues. Acupuncture works primarily by removing the blockage and moving or “coursing” the qi in your body, thus balancing your energy. It is also important to note that by balancing this energy field in your body, your own “self-healing power” is enhanced. Therefore it helps optimize your immunity or homeostasis of the body to heal the disease or prevent any further ailments.
How many needles do you use?
This also depends on the patient. Some patients may require more to move the severe blockage and others just need a few to treat minor issues. On average, we use 10-16 needles, sometimes, we may use no needles and just use adjunct therapies such as moxibustion, cupping, guasha or tuina massage. We use close to 100 tiny needles for cosmetic acupuncture sessions (mostly on the face of course!).
How long is my appointment?
The initial appointment can last anywhere from 45-90 minutes depending on how chronic and complicated the individual’s pattern may be. From the 2nd treatment, it should last around 45 minutes.
How many treatments will it take?
This also depends on the individual as well. Some people may just require 1-2 treatments, but most will require more than 3 treatments. In general, the longer you’ve had the issues, the longer it takes to heal. After all, we are boosting the body’s own self healing mechanisms so it would take much less treatments if you can participate and improve your over all lifestyle as recommended.
What is Qi(chee)?
“Qi” in Chinese and “Ki” in Japanese is usually translated to “air”, “vital energy”, “life force” or just “energy” in English. Qi is what keeps you alive. Qi is everywhere you see or don’t see. Qi in our body can be affected by many things including diet, exercise, emotions, stress, trauma, environment, to name a few. Qi is what heals us too, therefore, we work mainly with this Qi to help you overcome your disease or build good Qi to keep you from getting sick.
Why should I take Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are prescribed to help with your conditions. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, Chinese herbs are generally very gentle and will not cause severe side effects. They’re made of roots, twigs, flowers, seeds, shells, and bones, all natural living things, no synthetic materials. They also help acupuncture treatments last in-between if taken correctly.