1. What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic
method that originated from China and has been practiced for about 3000
years. It involves inserting thin hair-like needles into selective key
points on the surface of the body, to encourage natural healing, balance
the body's vital energy, relieve pain, cure disease, increase immunity
and improve function of the body.
2. How does acupuncture
The classical Chinese
explanation is that illness results from imbalances or blockages in a
person's energy meridians. The flow of energy is restored, when
acupuncture needles stimulate certain points within those meridians.
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce pain relieving chemicals
called endorphins or other naturally occurring chemicals and hormones
that affect mood, health and pain perception.
3. Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are
extremely fine and disposable. Most patients feel only minimal
discomfort as the needles are inserted, some feel no pain at all. Brief
needling sensations vary from pinching or stinging, to a feeling of
numbness or distension and are a sign that treatment is having a
positive effect. In fact, most people find acupuncture treatments
relaxing and refreshing.
4. How many treatments
will be required?
The number of treatments will
vary with each individual and the condition being treated. For acute
problems, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or
long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several
months may be recommended. For health maintenance, once every two weeks
or a month may be recommended.
5. Are there any side
effects to the treatment?
Usually not. As energy is
redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated
and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms
worsen for a few days. These shouldn't cause concern as they are simply
indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.
6. What is cupping?
This method is where fire is
introduced inside a glass cup in order to release air to create a
negative pressure and then place the cup on the skin surface. It is warm
and open the blockage of meridians, in order to circulate Qi and blood,
to dispel cold-damp, to draw toxins out. The cupping method is used to
treat obstruction syndromes, such as pain in the low back, shoulders and
legs, cough, asthma ....
7. What are Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are natural
plant substances used to heal and balance the body's Yin and Yang and
invigorate Qi and blood. Usually doctors put several herbs together to
make an herbal formula based on the patient's condition. The most common
method for taking herbal medicine, is for a decoction like tea. However,
there are also powdered extracts for patients who do not have time to
make a tea. If acupuncture does not work well alone, a combination of
acupuncture and herbs may have better results.