Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine that helps improve the body’s functions. It also helps promote the body’s natural self-healing process because it stimulates certain locations on the body, often referred to as acupoints or acupuncture points. Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 3000 years. The main goal of acupuncture is to help bring your mind, body, and spirit back into balance, which allows your body to begin healing on every level.
How does acupuncture work?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body’s life force controls the body’s functions and organs. Each body’s life force, or Qi, flows like a river through twelve points, or meridians, located throughout the body. If this “river” becomes unbalanced, it can lead to diseases forming in the body. When acupuncture is performed on the body, the needs are inserted into the meridians, which allows it to touch the life force. This causes the body to return to balance.
How long does an acupuncture treatment session last?
In most cases, the very first session can last between 1 ½ to 2 hours. Additional sessions will last for about an hour, although this may vary depending on your lifestyle and what you are being treated for.
Why does the acupuncturist need to obtain information about my bodily functions?
Acupuncturists use various methods to diagnose and treat their patients. Your acupuncturist will use something called “The Four Inspections”, which requires them “to touch, to see, to ask, and to feel.” This helps them learn about your Qi and better understand your ailments. This also allows you to become more aware of your own body.
Why does the acupuncturist need to know about my relationships with my family and friends?
Acupuncture is much more than just treating a person physically. Acupuncture has the ability to heal a person mentally and spiritually. By understanding your relationship with the world and with the people around you, the acupuncturist can better determine what is causing the symptoms on your body. Instead of just treating the symptoms, acupuncturists seek the root of the problem, which can sometimes be buried on your interaction or relationship with those around you and the world.
What are the acupuncture needles like?
Acupuncture needles are very thin. They are about the width of a human hair and are very flexible. Unlike the needles used on you at the doctor’s office, these needles are not hollow. All acupuncture needles are sterilized before use and then are discarded after use. The needle’s length varies based on where it will be inserted and how deep it needs to penetrate. For example, a needle that needs to go into a point on the buttocks will require a longer needle than a needle being inserted into a point on the palm of the hand.
Do the needles hurt?
This varies in each patient. Some patients report not feeling anything, while others have expressed that they feel a brief sensation of pain. Some have described the sensation is a sharp feeling, achiness, or numbness, which only lasts a few seconds. The pain of an acupuncture needle is nothing compared to the needles used for injections at the doctor’s office.
What are some benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture has many benefits, more so for those who receive treatment regularly. Many patients have reported experiencing reduced pain, reduced stress, better quality of sleep, healthier emotional stability, improved digestion, and increased flexibility in their joints.
Patients who regularly visit the acupuncturist have found that it helps improve their overall health and lifestyle. They are able to be better in tune with their body, which allowed them to improve vitality, increase their stamina, and create healthier relationships with those around them.
Through acupuncture, patients are able to awaken the body to a deeper sense of healing. They are then able to better understand how their mind, body, and spirit are connected. As they become more aware of their mind, body, and spirit they often begin making decisions to improve their overall lifestyle.
What conditions can be treated through acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been found to treat the following conditions:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Gall/Kidney stones
- Depression and Anxiety
- Dysentery (intestinal inflammation)
- Acute abdominal pain
- Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain)
- Morning sickness
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Side effects of radiation treatment and/or chemotherapy
- Induction of labor
- Correction of fetus malposition
- Allergic rhinitis
- Hypertension and Hypotension
How often do I need acupuncture sessions?
That depends on your lifestyle and what you are treating. The first 4 to 6 sessions should be weekly. If you need additional sessions the acupuncturist will be able to make a recommendation regarding frequency.
What can I expect from an acupuncture session?
Most patients experience feeling a deep sense of relaxation after their session as their body becomes rebalanced. Patients have also reported experiencing a greater sense of well-being. Within days or even weeks after their treatment, many have also felt relief from unwanted symptoms.
How can I schedule an appointment with Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage?
To schedule an appointment with our Edmonds WA acupuncturist, visit our website at http://edmonds-chiropractor.com/ or call us directly at 425-329-7266.