What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in
the world. Originating in
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation
of anatomical points (called acupoints) on the body by a variety of techniques.
American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from
How safe is Acupuncture? No one has ever died from
acupuncture applied by a trained and licensed practitioner. Not a bad track
record when you consider that the medicine is guesstimated to be more than
2,500 years old. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and the needles
used are disposable. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle as
well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.
Are the needles sterile or are they reused? Needles are individually wrapped and sterilized by the manufacturer. They are opened only when they are ready to be used, and afterwards, each needle is disposed of in a medical waste container. Needles are used only once.
What can I expect during a treatment? During your first consultation, the practitioner will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition. They will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. An acupuncture treatment can take 15-30 minutes.
How often do I have to come? Treatments are done on a weekly basis, usually twice a week for the first two weeks, and once a week thereafter. Once the condition has been controlled and you are symptom-free, the treatments are done less frequently. Problems that have been around for a long time usually take more treatments to resolve than ones that have come about recently. Your treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.
Can I receive Acupuncture if I am pregnant? Yes. Because there are some points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, it is important to inform your practitioner if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.