naturoDSC030911Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and concerns about Acupuncture.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.  Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment.  This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.
Is acupuncture safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. Practitioners should use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and should swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant before inserting needles. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs.
What should I expect during my first visit?

During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.


Does acupuncture work?

Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic prescriptions. It is important that your acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatment.

 Are there any side effects to the treatment?

Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination pattern, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.

Are there any Dos and Don'ts for me on the day of a treatment?

Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:

  • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
  • Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.
  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatment can be designed to best help you and your problem.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into therapeutic points along the body. These needles serve to stimulate the body's own natural healing ability to correct imbalances and restore it to a healthy equilibrium. The origin of acupuncture in Chinese Medicine dates back thousands of years and in recent decades, United States has witnessed a growing popularity of acupuncture in healthcare. While much of the recent media attention on acupuncture has been on its efficacy in treating pain, stress / anxiety, smoking cessation, acupuncture can also address many other health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of symptoms, diseases and conditions which, through controlled trials, has been shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture. Below is a partial list:

 low back pain  morning sickness  neck pain  adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
 sciatica  postoperative pain  tennis elbow  facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
 knee pain  essential hypertension  periarthritis of the shoulder  dental pain (ie. TMJ dysfunction)
 sprains  renal colileucopenia  rheumatoid arthritis  correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
 headache  biliary colic  primary hypotension  allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
 dysmenorrhea  acute epigastralgia  induction of labor  depression (including depressive neurosis & depression following stroke)
 stroke  nausea and vomiting  

Commonly Addressed Conditions

Stress / Anxiety
Smoking Cessation
Weight Control


Safe and effective
Few side effects
Treats the root of the symptom
Addresses the whole of the person, including mind and body

Will it be covered by my insurance?

Some insurance companies currently cover acupuncture costs, other companies do not yet recognize the value of acupuncture. Each health policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits.

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