Q & A's
Q: What is Acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine that utilizes the fourteen major meridian/energy channels that run throughout the entire body. Qi or Chi is the body’s natural life force or energy that flows through the channels in a balanced fashion.
When this Chi becomes blocked or impeded in any way, pain and dysfunction will occur. This imbalance of Chi will present as symptoms such as: allergy, skin irritation, neck pain, headache, cramping, or any number of other such symptoms. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the blocked pathways and stimulate free flow of Chi, resulting in symptom relief and natural balance of energy flow.
Q: How do I know if I have Blocked Chi?
A: Chi is meant to flow freely and balanced throughout the meridian channels to all
parts of the body, muscles, tendons and organs to encourage natural and harmonious function leading to sound health. If you experience any pain or ill health then you have some blocked areas of Chi. Blockages of Chi cause diminished in some organs/body parts and conversely cause excessive buildup of Chi in other body parts/organ systems.
To gain an understanding of this concept, visualize the meridian channels carrying Chi as like a Freeway carrying cars into the City. The Freeway lanes are blocked causing a backup or excess of traffic on the Freeway, yet the City is empty due to the Freeway blockage.
Chi is unbalanced and with the correct placement of acupuncture needles into the blocked channels, free flow can resume and balance is restored.
Q: How long Do Treatments take?
A: Depending on the patient’s condition and how many areas need to be
addressed, the Average treatment time is between 20 and 40 minutes.
The initial consultation/examination and treatment is somewhat longer.
Q: How Many treatments will I need and how often
do I come for treatment?
A: Each patient’s health condition is unique and response to treatment may vary.
Typically treatment frequency is one to three times per week for three to four weeks
at which time the patient should experience a positive change in symptoms/pain.
Some patients may improve after one or two treatments while others may take more time to recognize improvement. In general, acute conditions require less treatment
than chronic conditions.
Q: Are acupuncture needles sterile and safe?
A: ABSOLUTELY! Government requires acupuncture practitioners to follow strict safety procedures regarding needles. Sterilized, individually packaged needles are shipped packaged under strict compliance with the Law.
Q: Does Acupuncture Hurt?
A: Patients who have received inoculations or medical injections from a hypodermic needle may be fearful that acupuncture will be as painful as the medical injections.
This is not the case. Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible; the width
of a human hair and when inserted, does not elicit any pain. When the needle makes contact with the body’s Chi, most patients will experience a mild to moderate sensation. Usually, patients are amazed at how comfortable and relaxing treatment is.