As acupuncture is part of a whole and logical medical system, there is almost always an approach for an acupuncturist to take for helping to manage a health problem – or even better, help you to live with vitality. The World Health Organization published a short list of conditions seen as appropriate for treatment with acupuncture. This is not a complete list of conditions appropriate for treatment, but just some examples:
● Abdominal pain
● Addiction control
● Athletic performance
● Back/neck pain
● Blood pressure regulation
● Chronic fatigue
● Common cold
● Immune system boost
● Menopausal symptoms
● Muscle cramping/pain
● Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
● Parkinson’s disease
● Poor vision
● Premenstrual syndrome
● Stress reduction
Usually not much at all. Acupuncture needles are very thin, about the width of two hairs. There are certain sensations associated with therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include heaviness, distention, tingling, slight cramping or electric, traveling sensation. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary. Most people are deeply relaxed and/or asleep once all points are placed.
This depends on what you want to be addressed, how long it’s been present and your general state of health. Typically, short-term (acute) problems will respond within just a few treatments, while longer-term (chronic) problems may take up to twelve or more treatments before consistent, sustainable changes occur. After the initial visit a treatment plan can be put in place.
Likely not, but this also depends on the reason(s) you’re getting treated in the first place. Many people continue lifelong treatment because it enhances quality of life and helps give them optimal well-being.
You need to be aware that: Drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments Symptoms may get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). Lightheadedness may occur in new patients, due to hunger, extreme fatigue, or nervousness. In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you.
Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let your practitioner know: If you have ever experienced fainting or seizures If you have a pace maker or any other electrical implants If you have a bleeding disorder If you are taking anti-coagulants (blood thinners) or any other medication If you have a heart condition, diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV, hepatitis, or any other risk of infection If you are pregnant, suspect you may be pregnant, or are attempting to conceive. Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
On the first visit, your practitioner will take a detailed health history,check tongue and pulse, fully investigate your chief complaint and carry out an acupuncture treatment. This initial consult takes longer and allows preparation of an individualized treatment plan that takes into account your present physical, emotional and nutritional condition while focusing on your main health concern. Please Bring: – Any diagnostic reports you may have from your doctor (Xray, MRI or blood work reports) – A list of medications, herbs, and supplements that you take
Acupuncture is the most effective when performed on a patient who is calm and relaxed. Therefore, it is recommended that patients arrive 10-15 minutes earlier to relax and catch a breath before the treatment begins. It is also recommended that patients wear loose clothing for their own comfort.
Most often, you will not bleed when the needles are taken out. Occasionally we may see a drop of blood due to a tiny vessel unseen just under the skin surface. The bleeding is stopped quickly with light pressure and a cotton ball. This should not be a concern.
It is a common misconception that acupuncture is just about pain relief. It is true that acupuncture can be used in this way, however when it is performed well, it can cause both structural and functional changes in our bodies. For example, in the treatment of back pain, acupuncture needles are inserted into problematic areas and will cause the muscles to relax. As the muscle relaxes there will be a subtle change in the spinal vertebrae since the muscle is no longer pulling it out of alignment. As the spine moves, another area in the back may tighten up and this is treated accordingly. Thus it is possible to unravel a ‘holding pattern’ that will have formed due to a combination of poor posture, stress, injuries, etc. This is an example of acupuncture causing structural changes.
Most likely yes, if you can make it into the clinic. If you are vomiting or have a high fever for example, that’s probably not the best time to come in. But if you are just feeling unwell or are coming down with a cold, those are great reasons to come in and get treated, as acupuncture can reduce the duration of a cold or stop it from progressing.
It is always advised to confer with your provider to find out if our services are covered; doing so maximizes your ability to fully utilize your benefits.. Most insurance policies offer a limited sum of money for complementary medicine that has proven to be effective, such as Acupuncture.
It is generally not an issue for patient’s who are on blood thinners to receive acupuncture treatment. In fact, the idea of getting acupuncture to increase circulation, to ease the tension in the soft tissues – including the blood vessels – is something that can be especially valuable for people with cardiac and/or vascular difficulties. I treat patients on a case by case basis, please kindly let me know ahead of time.