Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It originated in China over 3000 years ago. It involves gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate and regulate the energy (Qi or Chi) flow alone the meridians in body. This nature healing process helps for treating, preventing illnesses and improving overall health.
Q: What is the status of acupuncture in America ?
A: Outside of Asian-American communities acupuncture remained virtually unknown until the 1970s, when President Richard Nixon visited China . On that trip, journalists were amazed to observe major operations being performed on patients with only acupuncture needles inserted into them to control pain, without the use of anesthetics. A famous columnist for the New York Times , James Reston, wrote some convincing stories on acupuncture. Today acupuncture is being practiced in all 50 states by more than 9,000 practitioners. More than 15 million Americans have used it as a therapy.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: It is painless. Patients may feel some heaviness, distention, or tingling either around the needle or travelling up or down the affected meridian. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.
Q: How do I prepare myself for the treatments?
A: Please bring a list of current medications you take. Eat a light meal before your visit. Treatment is not performed while you’re fasting because it increases the risk of nausea and dizziness. Do not drink alcohol the day you are to be treated or soon after treatment. Wear clothing that can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees, since most acupuncture points are located between wrist and elbows and between ankles and knees.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: A treatment plan will be customized to your specific condition during your first visit. Usually, acute conditions that started recently may only require a few treatments. However, chronic conditions usually need more treatments to get sustained results.