Answers to some commonly asked questions about acupuncture:


WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is a complete healthcare system with a wide range of benefits. With its origins in China over 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is now gaining recognition as an important complement to western medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that acupuncture is of benefit to 40 different types of diseases. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has endorsed acupuncture as an effective and safe form of therapy.
 
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Acupuncture started in China over 2,500 years ago. It is a natural therapy that helps the body to heal itself. Just like streams and rivers ebb and flow across of the earth, Qi (body’s vital energy) courses through channels in the body. Every organ network has a corresponding set of channels. The acupuncture points are located in small depressions in the skin called “gates” where the channels come closest to the surface. There are as many as hundreds acupuncture points on the human body. By the insertion of hair-thin needles into certain points of the body, the gates of the body are opened and closed to regulate circulation in the channels and expel noxious influences from them. As a result, acupuncture mobilizes Qi and blood, and invigorates proper functions of the body. 
 
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

Acupuncture has a history of thousand years. If it were an unsafe practice, it would have disappeared already. Also, we use only pre-packaged, sterilized and disposable acupuncture needles made of surgical stainless steel. The needles are thin (like human hair, one quarter of the size of the needle used in hospital setting) and solid. They cause no damage to the tissue and skin. In the age of AIDS and hepatitis, there is virtually no possibility of cross infection.
 
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

You are not alone if you do not like needles. You can be assured that acupuncture needles are not at all like the needles you are familiar with from the doctor's office, and the sensation is markedly different. When people first experience acupuncture, they are often surprised that a needle has even been inserted. A patient new to acupuncture will often ask, “You mean the needle is already in my leg? I didn’t feel it at all.” Even the most needle-shy people typically find an acupuncture treatment.
 
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • GI: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, other GI problems

  • EMOTIONAL: Anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness, neurosis

  • GYNECOLOGICAL: Prementstrual Syndrome, menopausal symptoms, infertility, irregular menstrual cycle

  • MISCELLANEOUS: Addiction control, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system toning, stress reduction

  • EYE-EAR-NOSE-THROAT: Cataracts, poor vision, toothache, gingivitis, tinnitus

  • RESPIRATORY: Asthma, Bronchitis, common cold, Sinusitis, smoking cessation, Tonsillitis, allergies

  • MUSCULO-SKELETAL: Arthritis, back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, muscle weakness, muscle cramping, Sciatica, stroke rehab, paralysis

  • NEUROLOGICAL: Headaches, migraines, Heurogenic Bladder Dysfunction, Parkinson's Disease, post-operative pain