Acupuncture is a vital part of Chinese medicine, the oldest system of health care we know. It regulates the body’s ability to heal through the stimulation of different sites on the body with a very fine needle. The results include specific and measureable chemical, electrical and functional changes. For the patient, that response produces decreasing symptoms that last for increasingly longer amounts of time.
Generally NO, Will depend upon the area needled and the presenting level of discomfort at the time.
Very safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) most likely has the exact and current statistics regarding measured safety parameters. State licensure and national affiliation (NCCAOM) indicates a competency level in terms of safety practices and current education.
Most likely no guarantees unfortunately, and I won’t insult your intelligence stating that this medicine is a panacea for all problems. Generally TCM works well for most problems we call chronic, autoimmune, and acute as well. Obviously the longer one has been out of balance, the longer it will most likely take to rectify such an imbalance. I can give much more quick information via phone.
Optimism we will enter into a healthcare partnership. There will be homework. Like in school, the more you practice your homework, the faster and more profound will be your improvement. You will be asked to change some of your habits, most likely. But don’t despair; the body, mind and spirit are very forgiving. You will notice subjective changes with about 10-15% change in your habits. This medicine will help with those changes, so you need not fear.
Intake, Acupuncture, Bodywork obviously it will depend upon the individual situation. But that is the basic plan.
60-90 minutes first treatment generally the longer of this range. Medical records, if you can easily obtain them, are frequently helpful, but not really necessary.
Depends highly recommended once a week times three weeks. Dr. Simon , Weil, and many others, say it takes the body about twenty days to figure it is being asked to go in another direction. Some conditions, such as migraines, seem to frequently respond more immediately.
A long time if not permanently again, depends on the problem. And if you maintain the homework that got you to feeling better. Sometimes a monthly ‘refresher’ treatment is necessary to maintain or enhance your constitution.
Depends your state of health. Not a trick statement. Again the severity and length of time you have had a problem will also determine the eventual outcome.
Single-use, sterile, disposable. The lengths and widths will be determined by the need to reach the meridian and influence its coursing. I also frequently use ‘warming needle’ technique, which is the placing of an herbal plug on the end of a needle and lighting it to increase Qi circulation in a meridian.
Some do. The insurance industry has researched this discipline quite well as some of them have provided their own billing and diagnostic codes to the mix. At this time in the industry, it tends to make reimbursement more probable if you can get a referral or prescription from your PCP for acupuncture treatments. I will be glad to connect with your other healthcare people.
Most likely herbals, Eastern or Western, will act to continue or enhance the acupuncture treatments. Their effects become quickly noticeable, and there is minimal risk in terms of drug interactions. I frequently check with pharmacists, and you will get in the habit of doing this also.
No. Sometimes, when one problem is minimized or dispersed, another related one becomes apparent; you didn’t notice it because the dispersed problem was grabbing center stage in your attention.