What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapy by which fine needles are inserted into predefined points on the body to treat certain medical conditions. These points used in acupuncture were mapped by the ancient Chinese Medical Acupuncturists many years ago. Their locations have been under vigorous research during recent years, and many of them have been shown to be clinically effective electromagnetically.
How does Acupuncture work?
Traditional acupuncture is based on the theory that energy and blood ravel through a network (meridians) that covers the whole body similar to what the nerves and vessels do. Stimulating the pre-defined points along these pathways leads to certain “corrections” to the imbalance and allows certain adjustments of “deficiencies” and “excesses”. As a result, acupuncture aims at restoring the harmonious balance of energy.
What medical conditions can be treated using Acupuncture?
The following conditions have been considered by the World Health Organization as suitable for the acupuncture treatment:
Nervous System and Muscular Disorders
- Paresis after a stroke
-Low back pain
-Uncomplicated asthma in children and adults
-Duodenal ulcer disease
-Inflammatory disorders of the bowels
-Nearsightedness (in children)
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
-Pain after a tooth extraction
-Nasal inflammation or dryness
Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for centuries to treat many other conditions such as knee pain, sprains and strains, and many gynecological complaints.
How deep do the needles go?
The depth of insertion depends on many factors including the nature of the problem, the location of the points, the patient’s weight, age and general condition, and the acupuncturist’s experience and training. In general, the needs are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch deep.
Does it hurt?
The proper stimulation of the selected points normally causes some heaviness, distention, or mild electric sensation. These sensations are to be felt either around the points of insertion or along the meridian. Patients usually feel little or no pain when the needles are inserted. Many patients even experience a pleasant state of relaxation and serenity – some even take the opportunity to take a snooze!
How clean are the needles?
The needles are sterile, single-use.
What are the qualifications of an acupuncturist?
Licensed acupuncturists in California receive formal training in both Chinese and Western Medicine. The minimum board requirements are the completion of a three-year or longer Master’s Degree program. Under California law, acupuncturists are considered primary care providers.