What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of disorders. It is a complete and comprehensive medicine which can address a wide variety of conditions. The following are conditions that may be treated by acupuncture. Many of them have been identified by the World Health Organization as specific conditions that respond to acupuncture:
Chronic and acute pain – headaches, injuries, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia
Neurological disorders – post stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Parkinson’s Disease, paralysis, numbness
Upper Respiratory Disorders – colds, influenza, asthma, cough, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat and laryngitis
Digestive Disorders – irritable bowel disorder, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers, nausea, vomiting, side effects of chemotherapy
Urinary and Reproductive Disorders – cystitis, menstrual cramps, painful periods, irregular and heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms
Addictions – addiction to nicotine, alcohol and drugs; eating disorders
Emotional Health – depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress
Other – dizziness, high blood pressure, immune system deficiency, skin disorders
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
People usually find acupuncture treatment to be a pleasant experience. The needles that are used are very fine needles, and are single use and in sterile packaging. Most patients describe the sensation of an acupuncture needle being inserted as a deep, distending and sometimes achy feeling. This achy, deep sensation is actually beneficial because it signifies that the needle has “gotten Qi”, or that it is at the optimal state for being therapeutic. After the needles are inserted, you will rest on a comfortable massage table for 15-20 minutes. Patients typically describe themselves as feeling relaxed and rejuvenated by the end of an acupuncture session.
What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
The Acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions and do a full health history in order to find out the underlying cause of your health issue or disorder. The Acupuncturist will ask about your symptoms, health and life-style. Afterward the Acupuncturist will examine your tongue, feel your pulses and palpate various parts of your body. This helps the Acupuncturist find patterns that tell which organs and meridians are out of balance. With this information the Acupuncturist will identify a pattern of disharmony according to Oriental Medical theory and will make a treatment plan to address it. After your initial interview, you may receive an Acupuncture treatment.
How Should I Prepare?
- Come with any questions you have, we’re here to help you.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
- Don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit.
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.
- Avoid stressful situation. Make time to relax and be sure to get plenty of rest.
Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
Generally speaking, Chinese herbs are safe. Because they are prescribed for each individual specifically, matching a diagnosis, there are little or no side effects. They also can be combined safely with medications most of the time, however, there are certain herbs that can interact with medications so it is important to let your practitioner know what medications you are on and update them if anything changes. The herbal companies we use here at 8 Dimensions Health Center are reputable companies that do extensive testing for heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins for safety and quality.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. Generally speaking, acute conditions will respond faster than chronic conditions. A specific treatment plan will be designed for you specifically based on your condition and your health goals.