What is Acupunture?WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is one of the
oldest forms of healing known to mankind. It originated in China nearly 5,000 years ago.
The fact that it is still practiced today, thousands

of years later, speaks much for the efficacy of this treatment. Acupuncture treatment is usually carried out by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body. When we speak of acupuncture we are referring to traditional Chinese acupuncture. This is an art that takes a considerable number of years to learn and many, many more to gain the expertise of a master. The practitioner of traditional Chinese acupuncture has three aims in mind whenever she treats the patient. These are:

  • To treat the patient holistically. This means she must consider the physical body and the mind together as one unity (referred to as body & mind), and must consider this unity as a part of the whole creation, having its unique relationship with its environment.
  • To seek for the cause of disease. It is more important that she should not concern herself with the complaint itself, for this is only a symptom of the disease in the body. She must always try to find the reason for the disease.
  • Having found the cause, to attempt to remove it. Once the root of the problem has been addressed, the symptoms of the illness will disappear or improve.

 

WHAT DOES THE ACUPUNCTURE EXAMINATION INVOLVE?

  • A complete history and consultation play a vital role in determining what is abnormal.
  • A physical examination of the specific body parts is also vital.
  • A method of diagnosis is part of the evaluation referred to as “elector meridian imaging” (EMI). This exam is performed by placing a small painless electronic pen on the skin over specific occupants. By way of a sensitive metering device the elector potential of the point is measured. This test helps determine the balance of the 12 meridians.

DOES IT HURT?
No. In some cases the needles can hardly be felt at all. Sometimes there will be a slight sensation of heat or numbness and occasionally a sharp prick, but these sensations are only momentary.

 

Acupuncture NeedlesHOW DEEP ARE THE NEEDLES

INSERTED?
The depth of the insertion
of the needle varies considerably and

this depends on the point being used. Most needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin to a depth of a quarter inch.

 

ARE THE NEEDLES STERILIZED BEFORE TREATMENT?
Yes. It is a fundamental practice to use only sterile disposable needles.

 

HOW MANY TREATMENTS

WILL I NEED?
Each person has a unique health history and therefore requires an individualized approach. Acupuncture treatments are often given over a period of time. As a general rule, chronic problems require more treatment. It is common to recommend that

treatments be done in a series over several months at varied frequency.

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