What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used in asian countries for thousands of years to preserve health and diagnose, treat and prevent illness.
Acupuncture treats health conditions by stimulating “acupoints” found at specific locations on the surface of the body through insertion of very thin needles through the skin.
Other methods are also used to stimulate acupoints such as moxibustion, cupping, electro-acupuncture, fingerpressure or heat.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The needles used in this office are made of the highest quality stainless steel. They are pre-sterile, non-toxic and disposable (single use).
Does It Hurt?
The sensation felt upon needle insertion differs from patient to patient. Acupuncture needles are very fine life human hair, smooth and not hollow like a hypodermic needle. Some patients may not feel any sensation upon needle insertion, while others experience minimal pressure, or soreness. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.
Number of Treatments
The number of treatments depend upon the duration, severity and nature of your health condition. Two to three treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition. While a series of 5 to 15 treatments may be needed to resolve chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatments over a long period of time.
How does Acupuncture Work?
The general theory of acupuncture is that proper physiological function and health depends on the circulation of nutrients, substances and energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) through a network connects every organ and part of the body providing balance, regulation and coordination of physiological processes.
Pain and ill-health result when the flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked by many things, including disease, pathogens, trauma injuries and medication (side-effects), as well as lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, emotions, lack of rest and stress.
Stimulation of the appropriate acu-points through acupuncture treatments help to restore sufficient, continuous and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, thereby restoring health and balance to the body, while relieving pain and other symptoms.
The acupuncturist uses a sophisticated and complex system of diagnostic methods that take into consideration the person as a whole, discerning the body’s pattern of disharmony rather than isolated symptom. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but more importantly to treat the underlying causes, increase the ability to function and improve the quality of life.
What is Herbal Therapy?
In the course of your treatment, Chinese Herbal remedies may be prescribed. They may be dispensed as raw herbs for decoction or in pills capsules, granules or tinctures. Most herbal formulas can treat a wide variety of symptoms while stimulating the body’s natural healing process.
Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced safety and effectively for centuries and has the greatest potential for beneficial results when prescribed by a trained professional who recognizes the benefits and risks.
In California, Acupuncturists are the only Licensed Health Care Professionals who are required to be trained and tested for competency in prescribing herbal medicine.
In recent years, herbs have become very popular to self-treat many conditions. They are available in health food stores, supermarkets and on the Internet. While herbs are promoted as safe, inexpensive “natural” alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, many health care professionals have concerns about safety, effectiveness and potential misuse of herbal products, especially when self-prescribed. There are also questions of purity, strength and standardization of herbs.
The California Acupuncture Board strongly recommends consulting an acupuncturists before beginning any herbal therapy.