Choosing an acupuncturist can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had acupuncture before.But It's important to
know that mastering full range of acupuncture treatment requires many years of study and practice. Finding a practitioner
who is specialized in acupuncture therapy, with many years’ studies in acupuncture and extensive practicing experience in
treating your ailment is crucial. In China, it requires at least 5 years' study in traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture in
What is the difference between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture and Acupuncture as practiced by other health professionals such as chiropractors,massage therapists, physiotherapists, etc....?
The TCM acupuncture is one option for the treatment of many facets for the plethora of symptoms and diseases.
Acupuncture as practiced by other health professionals is only a technique applied to a specific problem or area without regard for other parts of body which could be the cause. In other words, so called "modern acupuncture" concerns itself with very specific and limited symptoms of problems.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for TCM acupuncture treatment?
--If you're feeling limited by pain.
--If stress is taking over life limiting the joys you had before
--Fertility issues are stopping your family from becoming wholesome
--If you're looking for answers that Western medications just aren't providing
You have one of those or more, then you are a good candidate for TCM/acupuncture treatment.
How does TCM acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into the skin at precise points known as acupuncture
points.According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the theory that an essential life energy, called Qi
(chi), flows through the body along channels called meridians. Each meridian is connected to a specific internal organ. When
the flow of Qi is blocked or out of balance, illness or pain results. The stimulation of acupuncture points along the meridians
releases the blockage of Qi and promotes the smooth natural flow of energy, restoring balance and health to the body's
systems.A more scientific explanation of acupuncture is that the stimulation of certain trigger points on the body by
acupuncture needles prompts the body to release certain hormones and chemicals that can reduce pain, regulate the
endocrine system, and calm the nervous system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture
stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well being.
How many treatments will I need?
It will vary from person to person depending on your age and health conditions as well as your response to acupuncture
treatments.For acute problems,only a few treatments may be required. In some cases, one treatment is sufficient. More
chronic or severe conditions may require two treatments a week for several weeks .Usually you will notice the changes of
your condition after 4 - 6 treatments.
What If I Can Only Manage Once A Week?
One visit per week can still be of benefit to you. Less frequent acupuncture is better than no acupuncture. If you are
coming less often than the suggested treatment plans, you will still receive benefits; however it may take longer before you
experience the results you desire.
Does TCM acupuncture involve only the insertion of needles?
No. As an integral part of what in English is called Acupuncture, most practitioners are also trained to use a number
of adjunctive therapies. These typically include Moxibustion, which is the burning of the herb Artemisia Vulgaris
Sinensis over the affected area to warm it, cupping, electronic stimulation, magnetotherapy and various types of
massage such as acupressure or Chinese TuiNa massage.
Does TCM acupuncture hurt?
People experience differing sensations with acupuncture. Most people find the treatments to be very relaxing, feel
no discomfort or a little stinging sensation, like a pinprick, during insertion of the needles. Once the needles are in
place, there should be no significant discomfort. Acupuncture needles are also extremely thin—about 20 times
thinner than a typical injections needle.
Are there risks or side effects to TCM acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function when
performed by a properly trained acupuncturist. Many people feel a brief stinging sensation, like a pinprick, during
insertion of the needles. Others experience a dull ache around the needle after it goes in or no discomfort at all.
Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing .
People with pacemakers should avoid electrical acupuncture. Women in early pregnancy and hemophiliacs should
be treated with caution. All acupuncture needles (disposable needles taken from a sealed package) are sterilized by
manufacturers and for single use ONLY. Therefore there is no risk of transmission of AIDS or hepatitis viruses when
sterile disposable needles are used.