DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY WORK?
Yes. In the past 3,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced World wide and awareness of Acupuncture as a daily therapy is being recognized more and more in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time as other therapeutic techniques, such as conventional Western medicine, chiropractic adjustments, and/or homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your physician-acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the highest benefit from all your treatments.
DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ACUPUNCTURE FOR IT TO WORK?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals every day, .and animals as patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. That being said, the Mind is a very powerful tool when it comes to a persons health perspective. A positive attitude toward self wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this.”) will not negate any of the treatment results.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT?
Most times, post treatment there are usually not any outstanding side effects. As your body’s energy is redirected, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. During a treatment you may notice sensations, or what some call and awareness of movement within the body. After the treatments take place, occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. Patients should not give this too much concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of temperature change, or deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest and water intake to overcome.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only a minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. If any discomfort is present the Acupuncturist should adjust the needling accordingly. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow or with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or drawing blood . The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow or hypodermic needle. All Acupuncture needles are sterilized, single use, disposable needles, and all areas of the body are swabbed with sterilizing alcohol so there is no risk of infection from the treatments.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Each patient is as unique as their condition, the number of treatments needed is based on a case by case situation, and differs from person to person. For health problems that have occurred recently or are considered acute(allergys, flus/head colds), one to two treatments a week for three to five weeks is usually required. Which would then taper off to less than once a week. For complex, chronic or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended.