What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the five branches of Oriental Medicine,along with cupping and moxibustion, which also includes herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, therapeutic exercise, and diet therapy. Acupuncture is the gentle and precise insertion of sterile hair- thin needles at specific points proven to be effective in the treatment of a broad range of health problems. These points have been described, mapped and refined by Chinese physicians over a period of more than 2000 years. Acupuncture is highly effective, not only as a preventive medicine, but also as a drug free treatment for symptoms and illness and disease.
How does acupuncture work?
Western science can not yet fully understand or explain how acupuncture works. Current theories suggest that acupuncture works by increasing blood flow throughout the body as well as regulating neurohormones such as endorphins Each of the hundreds of points possesses unique and specific functions.Western science has determined that at these point locations there is an abundance of blood vessel, lymph and nerve tissue and a demonstrable change in the electrical conductivity of the skin.Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the flow of Qi through pathways like rivers and streams, that cover the body somewhat like blood vessels and nerves. Chinese medicine regulates the flow of Qi through the body to reestablish harmonious energetic balance and help the body to heal itself.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is a powerful and unique healing experience. Most people are pleasantly surprised to find that the insertion of the needles goes unnoticed. For others it feels like a small pinch followed by a variety of sensations. Often the first sensation is immediate relief from the pain they came in. Others experience tingling, warmth or a sensation of heaviness or a sensation of Qi or energy moving up and down the channels. I take great care to ensure that my patients are comfortable during treatment. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and many of my patients fall asleep during treatment. Following treatment patients usually feel a profound sense of well – being, calmness or euphoria often of lasting impact.
Is acupuncture safe?
When performed by a well trained licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. I only use sterile single use needles that are individually packaged so there is no risk of infection. I use a needle one time and then dispose of it. In my nearly two decades of practice, caring for thousands of patients not a single adverse incident has occurred.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies widely, depending on the duration, severity and nature of your health concern. An acute condition may resolve within a few treatments, and many chronic problems can be treated in ten treatments or so. It is best to schedule these twice a week to start with to gauge the speed of your individual response. Some conditions need continued treatment on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. The benefits of treatment are cumulative and once patients feel better they come less frequently to maintain the results.
Do I have to believe in Chinese Medicine for it to work for me?
No. Acupuncture will work, whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is used with great success on children and animals. They do not understand or believe in the process yet they get better anyway. A positive attitude is useful for any kind of therapy, but I have had some of the best results with the most skeptical patients. If you have any questions or concerns about treatment, feel free to call or email me, and I will personally respond promptly.
Does insurance cover acupuncture treatment?
Sometimes. You need to check with your company to positively determine coverage. Workers Compensation often covers acupuncture with prior approval. I will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. I do accept no- fault auto accident, Excellus Simply Blue and Healthy Blue and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance cases but please call your provider to confirm coverage and copayment.
Acupuncture often works when no other treatments have proven useful. Seriously consider what value you would place on being able to get rid of your health complaints, enhance your quality of life and feel better once and for all.