What is acupuncture?
The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to disperse the Qi energy.

How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory of qi (energy) flow through channels or meridian pathways which run through our body. When the body is in balance, the qi circulates smoothly throughout the body in a specific direction or flow pattern. But sometimes when the qi is out of balance it will stagnate or gather in particular points along the channel pathway. These are the points where we place the needles to move, disperse or reroute the qi and therefore restore balance.

Is acupuncture safe?
Single use sterilized disposable needles are used so there is virtually no chance of contamination. Acupuncture is a safe procedure when treatments are administered by a licensed professional who is board certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
However, there are certain conditions you should notify your practitioner about before undergoing treatment, such as hemophilia or if you have a pacemaker.

Can acupuncture help with fertility and pre-post natal care?
Yes, acupuncture fertility treatments increases blood flow to the uterus, as well as increases and regulates necessary hormones for conception. Acupuncture also helps alleviate any discomfort associated with pregnancy such as back pain, morning sickness, gestational diabetes, constipation, lactation difficulties, hypertension and rashes.
For men – if lack of motility or low sperm count is the issue, acupuncture improves hormone production and increases the quality and quantity of sperm, which are important factors in delivering a healthy baby.

Can acupuncture help alleviate symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause?
Whether you are suffering from sweats or sexual difficulty, depending on your particular issues, herbs are prescribed and acupuncture treatments are designed to lessen your symptoms.

Are acupuncture facelifts (cosmetic acupuncture) possible?
Cosmetic acupuncture or acupuncture facelift is a non-surgical alternative to plastic/cosmetic surgery. It’s a procedure that will help to rejuvenate and revitalize your whole body in addition to your face. Blood circulation is increased, skin is nourished and collagen production is increased, and diminishes the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging or dull skin.
Based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, cosmetic acupuncture uses the body as its own healing system. With the use of acupuncture needles, the body's own energy stimulates a response to balance the body's energy overall and treats the factors contributing to the aging process as well. As the circulation improves, a greater amount of qi and blood are circulated to the face, nourishing, hydrating and toning the skin, leading to a diminished appearance of wrinkles.

Does it hurt?
Because the needles are not much thicker than a hair, treatments are usually painless. After the needle is inserted, you may notice a sensation of tingling, heaviness or the movement of energy along the channel pathway.

How many treatments will I need?
Treatment plans are based on each patient’s individual needs, depth and duration of disease.

In the case of cosmetic acupuncture, for optimal results, treatments twice weekly are recommended. Lasting results are visible around the 6th or 7th treatment, with some results noticeable immediately. Research has shown that results from a series of 12 sessions performed annually or even biannually can last for years. Maintenance treatments can prolong the results, possibly making a second round of twice weekly treatments unnecessary.

What should I expect during my first visit?
All new patients are asked to complete a patient information form and health history. This questionnaire will include questions about your medical history, your family’s medical history, and your lifestyle. It is a good idea to bring with you any copies of previous tests, lab results and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. The physical exam can include taking vital signs as well as detailed examination of the pulse and tongue. When your practitioner arrives at a working diagnosis, they will place you in a comfortable position to insert the needles. After the needles are inserted, you will relax in the treatment room for 15 to 20 minutes. Your practitioner will then return and take out the needles.
We generally recommend that new patients wear loose fitting clothing and have something to eat approximately one hour before your appointment.

How many needles are inserted?
Ten to twenty needles may be inserted, although more or less is not uncommon.

What disorders are treatable?
Chinese and Western scientists have proven that acupuncture does indeed increase levels of endogenous morphine-like substances.

The following is the World Health Organization’s list of diseases that lend themselves to treatment by acupuncture.

Cardiovascular Disorders
Essential hypertension

Neurological Disorders
- Headache and migraine
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Facial palsy (early stage, within 3 to 6 months)
- Paresis following stroke
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Meniere’s Disease
- Nocturnal enuresis
- Cervicobrachial syndrome
- Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
- Intercostal neuralgia
- Disc problems

Musculo-skeletal Disorders
- Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
- Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures
- Arthritis
- Fibromyalgia
- Work and sports related injuries
- Low back pain
- Osteoarthritis
- “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
- Sciatica

Respiratory System Disorders
- Acute sinusitis
- Acute rhinitis
- Common cold
- Acute tonsillitis
- Acute bronchitis
- Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
- Acute conjunctivitis
- Central retinitis
- Myopia (in children)
- Cataract (without complications)
- Toothaches, post extraction pain
- Gingivitis
- Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Spasms of esophagus and cardia
- Irritable bowel and colitis
- Hiccough
- Gastroptosis
- Acute and chronic gastritis
- Gastric hyperacidity
- Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
- Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
- Acute and chronic colitis
- Constipation
- Diarrhea
- Acute bacillary dysentery
- Paralytic ileus

Gynecological Disorders
- Infertility
- Dysmenorrhea
- Menopause syndrome
- Benign irregular menstruation
- Benign amenorrhea

Psychological Disorders
- Depression
- Anxiety
- Somatization disorder
- Hypersomnia
- Insomnia

Other Disorders
- Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
- Appetite suppression

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