What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system. Acupuncture originated with the discovery that specific areas of the skin were directly correlated to the organs of the body. In time, the connection between the skin and the organs became further understood and more exact ways of stimulation were formulated. It is a technique used to promote the bodies natural healing. In order for this to occur, needles, heat, or electrical stimulation are used on certain acupuncture points.
Why Does Acupuncture Work?
The body’s energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body. Acupuncture’s goal is to stimulate one or a combination of key “Acupoints” on the body to restore harmony to the affected area.
What To Expect?
First the Doctor will meet with you to determine your particular needs. He will review your medical history and discuss what you want to achieve with your treatment. Treatment frequency is determined on an individual basis, as each patient has different needs. The doctor will also review a list of any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking.
During your treatment, tiny, hair-thin needles are placed on areas of the body to balance your vital energy and correct all body systems. Our practitioners are specially trained and certified in the art of acupuncture. They will offer you a comfortable environment and compassionate care. They are happy to assist in improving your state of mind and your overall health.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
As a patient, you may experience immediate relief after one treatment. Others may begin to experience improvement after a few treatments. Chronic diseases and conditions may take more extensive treatment, up to 15 or 20. Overall it differs from person to person.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Normally, each session takes 20 to 30 minutes. It depends on the sensitivity of each individual and the kind of diseases and conditions.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
There are many ways to stimulate an acupuncture pressure point – needles, electronic stimulation, cold laser beam or pressure massage, singularly or in combination. Does it hurt, you ask? Four acupuncture needles could easily fit into one hypodermic needle. Because of the extreme slenderness, most people compare the sensation as “less than a mosquito bite”.
How Will It Make Me Feel?
Acupuncture is based upon the belief that there is a need for balance in the flow of energy in the body. The energy we are referring to is 1) Chi, 2) blood, and, 3) electrical energy in the nervous system. Acupuncture increases the production of endorphin which relaxes the body and reduces the level of pain. It also increases the circulation of blood, sending nutrition via the small blood vessels to all parts of the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers that have an analgesic, anti-depressant and anti-allergenic effect. It relieves pain and gives a sense of euphoria.
Is It Necessary to Stop Other Medications?
No. You should continue to follow your current physician’s instructions. Acupuncture can be used to complement and supplement a physician’s treatments.
Is Acupuncture Covered Under Health Insurance?
This depends on what type of health insurance plan you are enrolled in. Contact your Insurance provider to find out if Acupuncture is covered by your policy. You will find the phone number on your insurance card. If you are covered, we will reimburse patients for office visits paid by them, as soon as the insurance company reimburses us.
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