Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice for balancing the flow of life force energy in the body called "QI". This is practiced with the use of needles inserted through a person's skin at specific acupuncture points of the body. There is also increased use of this method for treating pain and relief from discomfort.
Other treatments may include cupping, Gua Sha, Auricular seeds, Electric stimulation and moxibustion.
The patient either supine or prone position for the treatment. For the insertion of the needle through the skin in various depths, depending on the treatment strategic points. These needles are thin so patients will not feel pain but can feel some mild discomfort. Once it reaches the exact path of the meridian, patient may be feeling some sensation. After needle placed in certain point, practitioner may manipulate reinforcing or reducing techniques depends on the patient’s condition to achieve the "De Qi" opining the blockage in the meridian. The needles retention time 25 minutes to 60 minutes depends on patient's condition.
When competent, certified TCM practitioner using sterile needles, the risk of acupuncture is low though, Patient may experience soreness or minor bleeding, or bruising where the acupuncture needles were inserted. We use single- use disposable needles in our clinic thus, the risk of infection is minimal.
There are cases such as feeling lightheaded or dizzy, patient should avoid driving until they feel better. However, if any symptoms worsen or continue after the treatment, please inform your practitioner.
After the treatment, Patients should avoid stressful situations, vigorous exercise, caffeine, greasy (junk) foods, alcohol, cold temperatures, and cold foods.
Acupuncture treatment is considered to stimulate the central nervous system. Releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes can stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote emotional and physical well-being.
We will use a comprehensive, holistic approach and provide you with a prognosis and tailored treatment plan at the initial appointment:
Acupuncture is considered a safe medical treatment. Many Physicians and practitioners believe that acupuncture is a beneficial treatment as an adjunct to other medical treatments as an alternative to medical treatments. however, there are specific contraindications for acupuncture treatment including:
Acupuncture needles are very thin, almost like hair. Insertion can cause little discomfort. Often, people do not feel them inserted at all. Once a needle reaches the intended depth, you may be feel a mild or slight tingling or some heavy and electric sensation. This indicates that the treatment is working and the acupuncture points are being activated. This can open energy blockages, and balance and move energy flow in your system.
The prognosis and the frequency of acupuncture treatment depend on individual condition but we recommend :