HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture is based on the belief that two life forces- yin & yang- combine to produce vital energy known as qi which circulates through the body along particular pathways called meridians. Disease results when this energy flow is disrupted and thrown out of balance. Needles inserted at acupuncture points along the meridians stimulate neurological, immunochemical, and endocrine responses which promote the release of endorphins and other healing chemicals which aid the body in restoring balance and therefore, health. In this way, acupuncture is beneficial in treating the underlying causes of disease and can be used to prevent illness.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and are not hollow. The sensation one feels may vary from a dull ache or tingling to an electric pulse. The feeling is said to be the qi, or one’s energy, responding to the needle. Most patients find acupuncture quite relaxing.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Generally, acute symptoms require fewer treatments to ameliorate, while chronic disorders take more visits. Since each person responds differently to treatment, the frequency and number of treatments will also vary. The frequency of treatments depends on the severity of the symptoms and how long one feels relief after receiving acupuncture.
CAN ACUPUNCTURE TRANSMIT DISEASE?
Because only sterile, disposable needles are used there is no risk in transmitting diseases from one patient to another. Proper sterilization procedures are followed for all reusable items, which protects against the spread of infectious disease.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE NEEDLES?
Treatments can be done without the insertion of needles using Japanese meridian therapy. Japanese meridian therapy, or Toyohari, was developed in Japan by blind acupuncturists who specialized treatments using touch and energy balancing at acupuncture points without inserting needles. These techniques are excellent for those people who are low on energy or uncomfortable with needles. Many people find a treatment with Japanese meridian balancing to be very energizing, relaxing and just as effective as a Chinese style treatment where the needles are inserted into the skin.