“Health Is The Unity Of Body, Mind, and Spirit.”
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective health care modality widely practiced throughout the world for more than 2000 years based on holistic understandings of what causes human illness. The Chinese, through centuries of observations, discovered that insertion of needles at specific points could treat the underlying cause of many forms of illness.
What is Qi?
Qi is life force or energy known only by its effects.
Why and how does it work?
Acupuncture assumes the universe is made of Qi (pronounced “chee”) named by the Chinese ancients for life energy, which also flows though human beings. The ancients believed the human body consists of channels or small passageways called meridians where Qi flows like an irrigation system coordinating the body’s many systems. In the healthy person, energy flows through the meridians freely and in abundance, resulting in a state of balance and well-being. Acupuncture attempts to regulate the flow of Qi in the body by supplementing systems that may not be flowing properly. When this balance is interrupted by stress, injury, emotional trauma or infection it results in an energy deficiency, an imbalance of body energy (e.g., yin to
yang) or blockages of energy along the meridians. It is thought that these patterns of disharmony in the body’s energy are at the root of all illness.
By locating the skin points along the meridians that relate to a certain condition, the Acupuncture Physician can address blockages, imbalances or deficiencies
in that energy meridian and insert needles at those locations. The insertion of the needles serves to unblock and stimulate energy in the meridians and allow the Qi to flow freely and sufficiently once again.
Is acupunture safe?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. All Florida practitioners use disposable needles. Acupuncture Physicians are trained in exact location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.
What should I expect during the treatment?
Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, Most are surprised to find how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and
painlessly the needles are inserted. Many patients sleep during the treatment.
Are the needles sterile, reused or contain medicine or anything?
The needles are sterile, made of stainless steel containing no medicine. They are individually sealed, used one time only, after which they are disposed of in a medical waste container.
Will I bleed?
The needles do not have a cutting edge so generally there is no blood, but if so then a single small droplet.
How often will i be treated?
Typically, treatments are given once or twice per week for the first six to eight weeks or as needed.
How many treatments will I need?
That depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. The longer you have had the problem, the longer the treatment.
What can I do to improve my experience?
Tell your Acupuncture Physician about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response. During treatment, relax, ask questions, do not change or move positions suddenly. If you experience any discomfort, advise your Acupuncture Physician immediately. Adjustments will be made or the treatment will be stopped if necessary.
Are there side effects?
Usually not. Occasionally there may be a bruise at the site of insertion. Most often, one feels relaxed. We recommend drinking water after the treatment.
How do I pay?
Payment in full is requested at the time of treatment either by check, major credit card, (we accept Visa, Master Card and American Express), or cash.
What are meridians?
Meridians are channels that transport the flow of ‘Qi’, blood and fluids throughout the body. In optimum health, all flows smoothly throughout the meridians. Like ‘Qi’, you cannot see the meridians.
Why does acupunture work?
Acupuncture mobilizes and regulates ‘Qi’, fluids and blood to invigorate proper function of the muscles, nerves, vessels, glands, and organs addressing the root cause of unwanted human discomfort.
What conditions can be treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine?
Many conditions can be treated including creating harmony and solving basic human health problems such as sciatica, low back pain and arthritis; circulatory problems like high or low blood pressure, headaches, cold hands and feet; nervous system imbalances, especially anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness or depression; asthma, allergies and sinus problems; and digestive disorders including Crohn’s Disease, bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea and constipation.
In addition many major problems can be resolved with acupuncture including vertigo, sports and stress injuries, skin problems, immune system disorders,
fatigue, chronic pain and side effects from chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, detoxification from addictive substances such as drugs, alcohol, cocaine, caffeine and cigarettes.
The benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being. The intent of treatment is to produce an enduring change that will lead to a state of true and vital health. Is to produce an enduring change that will lead to a state of true and vital health.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture does not hurt. Very fine, flexible needles (think cat whisker) are placed along the energetic pathways call meridians. The sensation created by the insertion of each needle is one of tingling or warmth that may be felt over regions of the body, which are connected to each other by Meridians.
How will I feel afterwards?
Usually you will feel relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong or there may be a short term flair up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself. Patients often get some results in the first treatment, even receiving total or partial relief in pain and symptoms.
Should I tell my Medical Doctor?
If you are receiving treatment from your medical doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture.
Can acupuncture treatment help with nonphysical conditions?
Yes, indeed. Acupuncture views the body, mind, and spirit as a whole. All physical disorders will cause an imbalance in the mental outlook and spirit of a person. This may manifest as depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, and the like. Mental disturbances, stress, and emotional conflict can affect the physical body as insomnia, lack of appetite, fatigue, menstrual disorders, migraines, susceptibility to disease, aches, pains, etc. Thus, the physical and nonphysical sides of a patient are treated together.
Who shouldn’t have it?
If you are excessively afraid of needles consider trying acupuncture by laser (painless), acupressure (Shiatsu) or auricular (ear) acupuncture.
Are there any risks?
Overall, acupuncture is considered a safe, low-risk therapy.
What about insurance coverage?
As acupuncture becomes more and more in demand, insurance companies are beginning to cover the costs. Many of our patients receive reimbursement from their insurance companies. We will be happy to consult your insurance company to determine the specifics of your coverage.
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