What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient natural therapeutic method involving the insertion of thin and disposable needles into certain acupoints in the human body. It has been used to prevent and treat diseases for thousands of years in China. It does not produce any side effects or allergic reactions. Acupuncture treatment possesses the benefits of effectiveness, economy, safety and simplicity. Recently it has been greatly popularized and is becoming an increasingly important component of world medicine.
How does Acupuncture work?
In recent years a lot at research work on the mechanisms of acupuncture treatment have been conducted. The results showed that acupuncture can improve blood circulation through strengthening the contractility of myocardium, regulating the supply and demand of myocardial oxygen, and improving hemodynamics. Also, it can regulate the metabolism level of certain neurotransmitters, enzymes, hormones and other biochemical materials. According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture improves the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do.
Acupuncture allows Qi and Xue to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. These actions of acupuncture are the basis of preventing and treating diseases.
What should I do while receiving Acupuncture?
Relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
How many treatment will I need?
That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
No. The acupuncture needles are extremely fine and in the hands of an experienced acupuncturist, the patient might not feel the insertion of the needle, or only a slight pricking sensation will be felt.
But in the process of acupuncture, the arrival of Qi must be achieved (needle reaction). The arrival of Qi refers to soreness, numbness, heaviness, and electric sensation around the acupoint or their transmission upward and downward along the meridians after the needle is inserted to a certain depth. Quick arrival of Qi suggests good effects; slow arrival of Qi shows retarded effects in treatment. The function of acupuncture is to regulate the balance of meridian Qi. Therefore, the arrival of Qi is especially important in acupuncture treatment.
Are there Side Effects associated with Acupuncture?
No. Disposaple needles are used in the Acupuncture Healing Clinic. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle. Dr. Zhang is an experienced acupuncturist with a high level of technique. Acupuncture treatment is an extremely safe therapeutic procedure.