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1) What is acupuncture?
2) What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
3) How does acupuncture work?
Modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how acupuncture works. Traditional Asian acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi (a fine, essential substance which nourishes and constructs the body) through distinct channels that cover the body somewhat like nerves and blood vessels. According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck and/or superabundant. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts. In Chinese, there is a saying, "If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain." Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of qi.
4) Is acupuncture safe?
5) Does acupuncture hurt?
6) How many treatments will I need?
7) Is there anything I need to do before an acupuncture treatment?
The following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment:
Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one piece dresses and avoid wearing stockings.
Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, or emotionally upset.
Have some food within 1-2 hours before your treatment.
8) Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?
Relax. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
9) What can I expect after treatment?
Patients often experience dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.