What is acupuncture?
With other words Acupuncture is an over 5000-year-old medical practice where fine needles are inserted beneath the skin at specific points along the body’s energy pathways, called meridians.
The complex network of meridians deliver energy, also called Qi, to every part of the body. Pain or illness results when the flow of Qi is interrupted or blocked and acupuncture’s purpose is to stimulate, disperse, and balance the flow of Qi throughout the body within the meridians.
It can be used alone or in conjunction with your current medical care.
Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is most commonly associated with Traditional Chinese medicine ([TCM]TCM ARTICLES). Different types of acupuncture (Classical Chinese, Japanese, and Korean acupuncture) are practiced and taught throughout the world.
In China, the practice of acupuncture can perhaps be traced as far back as the stone age, with the Bian shi, or sharpened stones. Stone acupuncture needles dating back to 3000 B.C. have been found by archeologists in Inner Mongolia.
Clearer evidence exists from the 1st millennium BCE, and archeological evidence has been identified with the period of the Han dynasty (202 BC?220 AD). Forms of it are also described in the literature of traditional Korean medicine where it is called chimsul. It is also important in Kampo, the traditional medicine system of Japan.
You can read more about acupuncture at WikiPedia
How long are treatments?
The first treatment may last as long as 1 and a half hours.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by altering the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, thus affecting parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions. These are immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.
How many treatments do I need and how often?
Because each person’s health issues are different, and response to treatment is unique, the number and frequency of treatments will vary.
Problems that have been around for a long time usually take more treatments to resolve than ones that have come about recently. Your treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.
Are the needles sterile and safe?
This is why it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist.
How does acupuncture work?
What are the possible side effects?
How should I prepare for my treatments?
What can I expect after a treatment?
What other aspects of Asian medicine might be used during my session?
Does my insurance cover the treatment cost?
If not, you may want to contact your insurance provider and encourage them make provisions for acupuncture treatments.
How can I prepare for my session?
It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible. Do not engage in strenuous activity, drink alcohol, smoke excessively, or ingest heavy meals before or after your treatment. This will allow the body to adjust to the effects of the acupuncture.
What should I expect during my first visit?
He will want to obtain a complete picture of your needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition.
Inform the Dr. Zhou about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. Please download and complete these initial health history forms. By completing these forms you will save & maximize time when you come in for your first visit.
Can I receive Acupuncture if I am pregnant?
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