Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a physical medicine treatment that corrects dysfunction of the vasculature (blood vessels) and nervous system, to improve function of the vital systems (cells, tissues, and organs) and disrupt pain. In addition to the physical benefits, patients often experience enhanced relaxation and mental and emotional balance.
Benefits Of Acupuncture
- Increases blood flow to provide the cells, tissues, and organs with the oxygen, nutrients, and waste removal required for optimal function.
- Stimulates the nervous system and brain to release natural pain killers (such as endorphins) and disrupt both the intensity and perception of pain.
- Heals chronic inflammation by stimulating immune system repair in the targeted area.
- Stimulates proper immune function and hormonal balance.
- Relaxes tight muscles and trigger points to release musculoskeletal and nervous tension.
- Activates the parasympathetic nervous system to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
What To Expect During Treatment
After discussing your health problems and medical history, your practitioner will conduct physical exams unique to Chinese Medicine. Your pulse will be examined on both wrists to assess your blood flow and organ health. Your tongue may also be examined to assess the state of your digestion. The acupuncture points used in your treatment will be chosen from the information collected in your medical history and physical exam.
During the acupuncture treatment, you may not feel the needle insertion at all, but some points may cause a small amount of pain that usually lasts a few seconds. You may also experience a dull ache, tugging, or warm and tingly feeling around the needle or in other parts of your body which is caused by the blood vessel and nervous system activation.
You will rest with your needles for 20 minutes. Patients often take a nap during their treatment or drift into a relaxed meditative state.
What To Expect After Treatment
Patients often experience dramatic results after the first treatment. Some patients experience immediate or partial relief of their symptoms and pain. The relief may be permanent or return 2-3 days later in the early phase of treatment.
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and just like more than 1 hour of exercise is required to improve strength and endurance, usually a series of acupuncture treatments is required to correct dysfunction of the blood vessels, nervous system, and organs.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
It depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your health problems. Acute problems may require only 1 treatment. Many chronic problems (problems that have been going on for more than 3 weeks) may be resolved in 4-6 treatments. Degenerative problems that are severe or have been worsening over a long period of time may require many treatments over time.
How To Prepare For Acupuncture Treatments
- Wear loose clothing so that your arms and legs can be accessed.
- Make sure you are well fed or have a snack before treatment to prevent low blood sugar problems.
What To Do After Acupuncture Treatments
- Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins released due to the increased blood flow.
- Eat a healthy meal and avoid alcohol to enhance the affects of the treatment.
- Go to bed early to optimize the restorative qualities of your treatment.
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