A Holistic Way to Heal
Acupuncture as a therapy can be dated back as early as seven thousands years ago, according to Dr. Wan Shou Yung's book: Theory of Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Life-Saving. In the beginning, people discovered that they could heal heatstroke by bleeding on the elbow area with a pointy animal bone. Thousands of years later, acupuncture has been developed into a popular therapy from which millions of people benefit. Its healing theories were also developed extensively since then, though based on different concepts of life as opposed to biomedicine. Among those concepts, perhaps, the most controversial one is Qi. Qi generally represents forms of energies which reside in the spaces or travel along the meridians within our body. In a broader sense, Qi can also represent the energies of nature, as discussed in Feng Sui studies.
The principles of acupuncture generally revolve around the concept of "supporting the upright and dispelling the evils." "Upright" represents the energies and substances that maintain the normal functions of life. "Evils" represents the unwanted energies or substances that disrupt the normal function of life, whether they are caused by external invasion, or by internal imbalance or blockage. Although this concept seems straightforward, its actual implementation can be complicated.
What you should know if you have never have an acupuncture treatment before:
- What does acupuncture feel like:
Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. They are definitely not like hypodermic needles at the doctor's office. The acupuncture needles are generally inserted in or near acupuncture points which reside in the muscle layers or the cavities between different structures of our body. Acupuncturists often manipulate the needles gently to try to engage with your Qi in the body. When engagement is established, a feeling of heavy, achy pressure can happen. Sometimes you can feel an electrical sensation traveling along the meridians or sudden jumps of the muscles. Most patients find these sensations satisfying, and they feel some sort of internal relief.
- How many treatments will I need?
In general, we want to relieve your suffering as soon as possible. We understand that your pain is very real. We would appreciate your consideration of three treatments to begin with, as acupuncture effects benefit from reinforcements. Nevertheless, you should feel actual relief in your first visit. There are conditions, especially acute ones, where one can benefit more from fewer but more intense treatments (it's not totally unusual that one visit does it all). However, for chronic conditions it may take longer; depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition, a 10-visit package maybe necessary.
- Is acupuncture safe?
Again, the needles used for acupuncture are hair thin. It's safe to insert them in specific areas of the body. Acupuncturists are rigorously and intensively trained in clean needle techniques. They all have to undergo many semesters of internship to actually perform needling under strict supervision, specifically to reinforce the safety rules. As required by law, acupuncturists can only use pre-sterilized, disposable, and single-use needles to ensure your safety.
- Your first visit
Your first acupuncture appointment will begin with a consultation. Because Oriental medicine takes a holistic approach to healing, it is important for me to understand how your condition fits into the larger picture of your overall well-being.
I will ask you to fill out a comprehensive intake form, which asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. After reviewing your intake form, I will discuss your condition, then examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine.
I will then determine the acupuncture points that best address your needs. Though the number may vary, you can expect approximately 10 needles. Depending on the nature of the condition, you may be asked to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.
- More to read about acupuncture from Mayo Clinic:
What are the health conditions that I treat?
Muscular and Skeletal Conditions
Pain Throughout the Whole Body, Sport Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndromes, Hypochondriac Pain, Tennis Elbow, TMJ, Sciatica, Herniated Discs, Spinal Stenosis, Arthritis, Tendonitis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Headache and Migraines, Postoperative Pain, Stroke, Tremors; General Forms of Pain, Spasm, Atrophy, and Swelling.
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat and Face
Stye, Floaters, Swollen Eyes, Ear Infections, Earache, Tinnitus, Loss of Hearing, Sinusitis, Allergies, Sore Throat, Hypersalivation/Sialorrhea, Gum Bleeding, Tongue Ulcers, Lazy Tongue Syndrome, Wasting of Tongue, Throat Spasm, Inflammation of the Throat, Aphasia, Bell's Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Numbness in the Face.
Sinusitis, Asthma, Cold and Flu, Chronic and Acute Coughs.
Abdominal Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, IBD, Food Allergies, Chronic Indigestion, Peptic Ulcer, Hypochondriac Pain, Nausea and Vomiting, Morning Sickness.
Immune, Mental and Emotional
Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Anxiety, Irritability, Depression, Insomnia, Stress.
Gynecological, Reproductive, Genitourinary
Chronic Bladder Infection, Hematuria, Premenstrual Syndrome, Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation, Menopause, Prolapsed Uterus, Lactation Problems, Impotence, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction.
High Blood Pressure, Dizziness, Diabetes and etc.