Acupuncture Q & A

 

WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF ACUPUNCTURE? What Can Acupuncture Treat? 

Acupuncture can be used independently or along with herbal medicine. Acupuncture can influence three areas of health care:

1. Promotes good health and well-being

2. Prevents illness

3. Treats various symptoms and illnesses

Over here in US in past three decades, acupuncture has become famous initially by its safe and effective relief in pain and addiction conditions. In 1993, the FDA classified acupuncture needles as medical device. In China, acupuncture has been used continuously over at least past two thousand years to treatment a wide range of health conditions. Some conditions acupuncture are commonly and effectively treated are as follows:

  • Orthopedic problems, which include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and other tendonitis, many degenerative arthritis, sport injuries, post accident injuries, occupational injuries.
  • Neurological disorders, which include most type of headaches, post-herpetic abnormal sensations, Bellís palsy, post-stroke paralysis, sciatica pain, many forms of pinched nerves.
  • Neuro-psychiatric problems, which include anxiety, panic attacks, depressions, tension, stress and insomnia.
  • Digestive system problems, which include acid reflux, abdominal bloating and other discomfort, constipation, diarrhea.
  • Respiratory and ear, nose and throat disorders: which include recurrent or chronic infections such as chronic sinusitis and bronchitis, asthma, recurrent toothaches, TMJ (sore and disorder at up and low jaw joints), Meniereís disease (functional vertigo), sinus congestion.
  • Urinary and genital problems: which include chronic or recurrent urinary track infection, difficulty in urination, irregular menstruations, painful intercourse as well as lack of sexual desire.

Some other conditions which also respond well to acupuncture include: early stage high blood pressure, infertility (non-organic problems), post surgery pain, some type skin problems, low immune resistance, fatigue, substance addictions.  

 

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Yes. Using acupuncture to treat diseases has a recorded history of more than 2000 years in China. Today Acupuncture is practiced widely all over the world. In United States, a panel of National Institute of Health endorsed use of acupuncture in November, 1997. The panel concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for certain kinds of pain and a variety of other conditions.  

 

What Are The Needles like? What Will I Feel During Treatment?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and are made from stainless steel. Inserting the needle in the skin is not painful. In this clinic all needles are sterile and used only once.

Most people will only feel a slight sting when the needle is inserted into the skin. During treatment, you may feel some bloating, soreness or numbness, which indicates that the needles are in precise locations needed.

Since everyone is different, they may each respond differently to the treatment. It is normal that different people or even the same person may experience different sensations during different treatments.  

 

Is Acupuncture Safe? Are There Any Side effects To The Treatment?

Acupuncture is very safe. First of all, only sterile disposable needles are used. And conventional techniques are strictly observed in the clinic. This eliminates the possibility of cross infections.

Usually there are no side effects. Occasionally, patients may experience changes in energy level, sleep, appetite bowel or urination pattern. These should not cause concerns, as they are indications that the treatment is working. These can be overcome by adequate rest and relaxation.  

 

Can I Take Acupuncture Treatment And Continue My Regular Medication At The Same Time? Should I Continue To See My Doctor?                

Yes to both. Acupuncture treatment can be given at same time you take other medicine and /or other treatments. In any case we encourage you to continue regular visits to your primary physician and let all your healthcare professionals know what you are doing.

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