ACUPUNCTURE: IS IT FOR YOU?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese healing which is several thousand years old and was introduced to American in the past 45 years. Although many people have been skeptical about Acupuncture, it has gained increasing acceptance as more and more people have been treated with Acupuncture and helped by it. The fact that acupuncture benefits many of the people who have not been helped by conventional medical methods is indicative of its potential usefulness in this country.
People who choose to undergo Acupuncture treatments frequently have little knowledge about acupuncture in general and the actual treatment procedure in particular, and certain questions seem to be repeatedly asked in acupuncture clinics. This pamphlet is a collection of these frequently asked question (FAQ), with answers provided by doctors involved in the day-to-day treatment of patients using acupuncture. It is in no way a textbook of acupuncture, but will hopefully servers as a reassuring guide for someone want to know more about acupuncture treatment.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese treatment for many medical problems by inserting very fine needles into various active points of the body. Acupuncture is documented in Nei Ching, an over 3000-year-old ancient text compiling the observations and explanations given by many generations of Chinese healers. Acupuncture is originated in China about 4000 years ago and soon spread to the other Asian countries. Around 300 A.D., acupuncture was first introduced to Europe; and by 1880 A.D., it became more popular. Numerous clinical studies and research were done to enhance the application of acupuncture. Today, it is widely used in Europe, especially in France and Germany. Acupuncture is now practiced in China side-by-side and in cooperation with Western medicine. They have found out that many health problems will be benefited maximally from a combination of Eastern and Western medicine.
HOW IS ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Objective scientific evidence shows that Acupuncture has a physical basis, and proves that it does not work by hypnosis or placebo effect. Traditional Chinese medical texts show that there are more than 1000 Meridians (acupuncture points) in the human body connecting by Channels (the pathways beneath the skin) through which Qi (energy) flows. Recent studies show that Acupuncture meridians and channels are transmission lines connecting to the central nervous system. Messages tell the body to begin the healing process pass along these meridians. In addition, acupuncture treatment has a direct effect on the secretion of Serotonin, which is a classical neurotransmitters found in the brain and spinal cord and responsible for the control of pain.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF BEING HELPED BY ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is not a panacea for all illness though it works well in certain problems. Works in Europe and U.S.A. indicate that in many conditions in which pain is being treated, up to 70% of the patients may be helped. This figure should be interpreted in light of the fact that most people in the West who seek Acupuncture have condition that have proven resistant to other types of treatment.
Chinese medicine can be helpful in many conditions ranging from the common cold to more serious digestive, respiratory, gynecological disorders and fertility issues. Other benefits include stress reduction, immune enhancement, improved sleep, pain relief and increased energy. This is due to its holistic approach. The person is seen as one energy system, with treatment aimed at the root of the problem rather than just relieving symptoms.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Most people agree that Acupuncture is practically painless. The needles used are extremely fine and is not felt as it enters the skin; however, a slight pressure or surge may be felt when it reaches the correct spot of the meridians in the body. It is interesting to note that the needles usually cause no bleeding when they are inserted or removed. The acupuncture needles are far different from the needles that are used for giving injections. First, the needles are solid and very thin. They vary in length and are inserted to the body from 1/8 inch to several inches. All Acupuncture needles are disposed after use.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
It is usually recommended that a series of 10 to 12 treatments be given. Many patients will obtain the best results after 6 or 12 treatments, so it is best discuss with the Acupuncture Physician about your particular case. Preferably, the treatment are given two times a week in the beginning and spread out as the patient begins to improve.
WILL IMPROVEMENT FROM ACUPUNCTURE BE LONG LASTING?
Many people who have been helped may retain their improvement for months or years. Those people whose symptoms return may be helped again with a few additional Acupuncture treatments. It is extremely important to take an adequate amount of treatments in the beginning to obtain the best results and thus be more effective to achieve a better result.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
One of the great advantages of Acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects associated with its proper use. This is contrast to many potent Western medicines in which symptoms of side effects are unpleasant.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER THE TREATMENT?
A 2 hours rest is recommended after treatment to obtain the best results from the treatment. All patients are encouraged to report the exact results of each treatment to Acupuncture Physician or staff so that the physician and staff can best determine how to handle your individual case. Consultation or information is FREE. If you are considering Acupuncture treatment but would like to discuss your specific program with an Acupuncture Physician, please feel free to call.