Acupuncture originated in China over 2,000 years ago and is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It's the most important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a method of encouraging the body inner life energy flow (Qi) to improve the body function or heal the diseases by inserting and manipulating several very fine sterile needles in some specific meridian points on the body. Besides traditional acupuncture, practitioners may also use electroacupuncture (a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles), and needle maxo technique (ignited maxo stick is attached to the tip of needle to stimulate acupuncture point by mild heat) to enhance the therapeutic effect.
Why should I see acupuncturist?
For last 5000 years history experience, acupuncture has been proved as a superior method of treating a wide range of symptoms such as pain, infertility, mental disorders, GI problems, and most other systems disorders. It’s mainly characterized by its excellent efficacy and no side effect. It’s also can enhance the potential body function, maximum wellness and maintain balance. It will cultivate vitality and health, stimulating the tremendous healing power of the body and mind.
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine, Qi (the vital energy) flows throughout the body along pathways called “meridians.” If there is an obstruction along a meridian, say between the spleen and stomach, the resulting backup of energy could result in infertility problems. The connection between the backup and the infertility problems wouldn’t make sense according to Western medicine, but it makes perfect sense when the body is seen as a whole, as circuits of energy flowing through the body. This is but one example. Pain and illness usually result when this flow of energy is obstructed.
By stimulating the flow of Qi at those precise points, acupuncture helps restore normal functionality and balance amongst the different parts of the body. Acupuncture allows the Qi to flow freely through the body, leading to greater vitality, energy and feelings of well-being. The flow of Qi enables the body to heal quicker because Qi is a healing force that looks for and flows to the areas of pain, while preventing illnesses and enhancing the immune system. That free-flowing Qi decreases anxiety and augments the capacity for work, pleasure and creativity. Of course, when a person’s Qi is not in balance and not flowing smoothly through the body, it is natural to see a buildup of physical illnesses and various areas of pain. Acupuncture awakens and invigorates Qi. Thus acupuncture not only heals illnesses, it enables patients to live a longer, healthier life.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are fine as a hair and most of patients agree that it’s painless and sometimes feel comfortable. The needle is not inserted into inflamed or tight muscles, but rather into distal points to release this pain. The sensitive varies among individuals.
Are the acupuncture safe?
Yes. FDA approved acupuncture needles are used. They are sterile, nontoxic and disposable needles. They are used once, and then discarded into a special container.
What can I expect during acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture generally leads to extreme relaxation. Many patients fall asleep while resting on the table.
Does my insurance company cover acupuncture?
Third party insurers such as Blue Cross and Aetna generally do not cover acupuncture for all of the state of Pennsylvania. However, some insurance policies belong to American Specialty Health Networks which enable their members to get discounts off of alternative medicine services. Check with your insurance policy to see if you qualify. Auto insurance and workman’s compensation do cover acupuncture treatment. We process claims for auto insurance and workman's compensation. For the others, we are happy to provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance or flexible spending account.
How long does each session last?
For the first appointment, plan on spending one and half hours for a thorough discussion about your health, diagnosis and the first treatment. Follow-up sessions take about 1 hour.
How many sessions should I expect?
The frequency of treatment depends very heavily on the nature of the problem and cannot be predicted exactly. In the case of acute pain, significant improvement can be seen in one to three sessions. For long standing disorders, it may take longer for your body to balance, so multiple follow-up visits are necessary for healing. Please feel free to call us to discuss your concern and we will find a treatment plan that is effective and affordable to you.
How often do I have to come?
Please refer to the conditions commonly treated by our services.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Typically, once a week is the best schedule. In cases where the symptoms are rather acute, 2 - 3 times a week may be required.
Are Chinese herbal medicines expensive?
Unlike prescription drugs, herbal medicines are extremely cost effective. Herbal medicine that lasts about 30 days can range between $30 - $40.
Are herbal medicines safe?
The herbs in our pharmacy are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified. You can take them without worrying because they are safe and effective.
How are Chinese herbs different from western herbs?
The uniqueness of Chinese herbal medicine is formulation. In western herbal medicine, herbs are often delivered singly or combined into very small formulas of herbs with the same function. In contrast, Chinese herbalists rarely prescribe a single herb to treat a condition. They create formulas instead. A formula usually contains at least four to twenty herbs, among which, 1 or 2 herbs included have the greatest effect on the problem being treated, and other ingredients treat minor aspects of the problem, direct the formula to specific parts of the body, and help the other herbs work more efficiently. In China, more than 3,200 herbs and 300 mineral and animal extracts are used in more than 400 different formulas.
Do Herbs have any side effects?
The most common side effect of herbs is gas, bloating or other minor digestive disorders. This reaction can be easily corrected by modifying the herb formula. Be sure to inform your practitioner immediately if you notice any adverse reactions.
Do I have to cook the herbs and will it taste bad?
In the past, patients had to purchase a large bag of raw herbs, cook them for a half hour every day, and drink bitter teas. Though that option is still available to you, convenient granulated herbs and patent alternative medicines have become readily available and are very easy to prepare. Ggranulated herbs are highly concentrated powdered extracts and are dehydrated decoction of the boiled herbs. Practitioners mix these powders together into a custom formula for each patient. The powder is then dissolved in hot water to be consumed. Patent madicines are some pre-made and standardized formulas available as pills, tablets, capsules, powders, tinctures, syrups, alcohol-extracts, water-extracts, etc. Most of these formulas are very convenient as they do not need patient preparation and are easily taken.