WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
HOW OLD IS ACUPUNCTURE?
WHAT ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
#1 – Relieve pain and other symptoms.
#2 – Strengthen the immune system.
#3 – Balance, harmonize and integrate the functions of the internal organs with each other, making for a unified, healthy person.
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATABLE BY ACUPUNCTURE?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has determined that “there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand it use into conventional medicine.” Many of its mechanisms of action are well-known and proven. Acupuncture can be effective as a single treatment method, can be combined with other therapies, or can be used as a support or adjunct therapy to other medical/surgical interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:
• Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, nausea, vomiting, cholelithiasis.
• Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections, allergies, common cold.
• Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, migraines, facial tics, bell’s palsy, acute and chronic pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis.
• Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems: painful urination, male sterility, infertility, painful menstruation, endometriosis, PMS, and menopause.
• Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving problems related to tension, stress, and emotional problems.
*** And, many others. Please do not hesitate to call if you need to inquire about a specific condition that is not listed here. This is just a general listing. I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.
CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP RELIEVE PAIN?
CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP THAT “STRESSED-OUT” FEELING?
WHAT ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE FOR SENIORS?
WHAT ARE NEEDLE TREATMENTS LIKE? ARE THEY COMFORTABLE?
Typical, acupuncture needles are flexible, thin (no bigger around than a human hair or piece of thread), and are designed to produce little or no trauma to the skin and muscle tissues. Gently inserted into an acupuncture point, the slender needle produces minimal sensation. You might experience a heavy or distending sensation, and, sometimes a slight tingling or traveling sensation. This means that the point is being activated and is considered a normal response. Most sensations will subside quickly, and you may even forget that the needles are there. The treatment is adjusted to accommodate your comfort level. I do want you to feel something during this process!
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
The World Health Organization (WHO) comments that unlike many drugs, acupuncture is non-toxic and adverse reactions or side effects are minimal. For instance, acupuncture and morphine have similar rates of effectiveness when used for chronic pain, but with acupuncture, unlike morphine, a patient does not have the negative side effect of dependency. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that relatively few complications have been reported, in light of the millions of people treated with it every year.
HOW LONG DO TREATMENTS TAKE?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS AND HOW OFTEN?
What to Expect After Treatment:
Initial effects of an acupuncture treatment may be noticed immediately and up to 24-48 hours afterwards. For this reason, I would like you to pay attention to your pain or other symptoms for 1-2 days after each treatment as well as the time in between treatments. For example, does the pain or other symptom improve after treatment and then slowly return, or does it stay away for a whole week and not return to its original intensity level? And, because acupuncture has several different mechanisms of action in the body, I also want you to pay attention to how you are feeling in general. There are many beneficial side effects to receiving acupuncture treatment.
WHO PRACTICES ACUPUNCTURE IN THE STATE OF OHIO?
Ohio legislators and lobbyists have created this confusing environment for patients by simultaneously allowing 4 different health professionals to practice ‘Acupuncture’ within their scopes of practice. Yet, only Licensed Acupuncturists, L.Ac.s, are trained exclusively in any and all methods of Acupuncture and Chinese or East Asian Medicine. This is important because medical treatments of any kind tend to work best when applied within the context of the basic theory and foundations of the system. You don’t really want to have a part-time or just-doing-it-for-fun or to-make-a-little-extra-money practitioner placing acupuncture needles in you according to the way their discipline views it. My advice to you would be to seek someone who lives and breathes acupuncture, who is passionate about it, and who practices it exclusively as their profession.
Acupuncturists: Over 2,000 hours or 3 years of post-graduate study in acupuncture specific education,training, and clinical rotations. Successful completion of NCCAOM national board examinations.
Other professions: 0 – 300 hours of training in medical / chiropractic acupuncture / ‘dry needling’ which may or may not include clinical training and supervision on actual patients.
Why does everyone want to practice Acupuncture?
A) Because it’s really cool and fun to do.
B) Safe, effective, and has other positive health benefits.
C) Treats not only pain, but the person as well.
D) All of the above, none of the below.
E) I can bill insurance and make a lot of money. (If that’s your reason for doing it, please stop.)