Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been employed as a health care modality for over 3,000 years. Practitioners
of this ancient medical practice have experienced clinical success with a variety of health issues.
Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of
health care.

When most people think about acupuncture, they are familiar with its use for pain control.
But acupuncture has a proven track record of treating and addressing a variety of endocrine,
circulatory and systemic conditions.

Acupuncture and modern medicine, when used together, have the potential to support,
strengthen and nurture the body towards health and well-being.

What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital
energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness,
pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional
well-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one
area and restricting it in others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment
that the body requires to function optimally.

What can affect Qi?
Many things influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma,
stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can
lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi.

Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a
balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption to Qi is prolonged or excessive,
or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.

What will the acupuncturists do?
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding
symptoms, health and lifestyle. Information is then organized to create a diagnosis of where
Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process an agreed upon course
of treatment will be established. The number of treatments needed will vary from person to
person.

What should I expect during treatment?
The acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This
activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing.

Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted you may experience a vague numbness,
tingling or a dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and
moving around the needle. All these reactions are good and it is a sign that the treatment
is working. After treatment you may feel energized or you may experience a deep sense of
relaxation and well-being.

Do the needles hurt?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the
needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a little larger
than a cat’s whisker or a human hair.

How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free, therapy, yielding no side-
effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from
acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Actual insurance coverage and benefits can vary quite a lot. However, most private insurance
companies do offer an acupuncture benefit. Medicare does not cover acupuncture.

What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health
Organization (WHO) to be effective in treating a wide variety of medical problems. Here is a list
of a few health concerns that acupuncture has been effective in treating.

Addiction
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Bronchitis
Carpal tunnel
Chronis Fatigue
Colitis
Common Cold
Constipation
Dental Pain

Facial palsy/tics
Fatigue
Fertility
Fibromyalgia
Gingivitis
Hiccough
Headache
Incontinence
Indigestion
Irritable Bowel (IBS)
Low Back Pain

Pneumonia
Reproductive problems
Rhinitis
Sciatica
Seasonal Affective
disorder (SAD)
Shoulder Pain
Sinusitis
Sleep Disturbances
Smoking Cessation
Sore Throat

Depression
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Dysentery
Emotional Problems
Eye Problems

Menstrual Irregularities
Migraine
Morning Sickness
Osteoarthritis
Pain
PMS

Tennis Elbow
Tonsillitis
Tooth Pain
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Urinary Tract Infections
Wrist Pain