FAQ

Acupuncture                                                           

What is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a procedure
    that involves stimulating specific points on the body by inserting fine,
    sterile, metallic needles to relieve pain and to treat a variety of health
    problems.

How Does It Work?

    According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi(Chinese term for energy) runs in specific meridians to drive blood
    flow, to nourish organs and tissues, to defend the body and to promote vitality. If a person’s Qi is disturbed, his or her health
    will deteriorate. Acupuncture can regulate Qi and restore its circulation to normal status.

    Modern medicine has no satisfactory explanation for how acupuncture works, however, numerous studies have demonstrated
    that acupuncture activates complex central neurohumoral mechanisms, increases brain blood flow and promotes tissue-healing
    processes.

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

    Acupuncture has been successfully used as a therapeutic method in China for thousands years. Countless patients have
    benefited from it. As an alternative or complementary treatment, acupuncture is widely used today. Billions of dollars are
    spent in the United Sates for acupuncture treatments every year.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Acupuncture?  

    Most medical conditions can be treated by acupuncture, however, it is particularly effective in the following  
    conditions:

    •  Acute and chronic pain
    •  Sinusitis, sore throat, asthma, bronchitis and allergies
    •  Nausea, vomiting, gastritis, constipation and other gastrointestinal ailments
    •  Addiction cases such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse and smoking
    •  Psychological disorders including stress, depression, anxiety, emotional conditions and neurotic symptoms
    •  Peripheral neuropathy and neurological rehabilitation, paralysis from stroke and other conditions
    •  Urinary problems, menstrual spasms and cramps, PMS
    •  Improve immune function and circulation. Promotion of overall health and well being

           How Many Treatments Do I Need?

       It depends. Some acute cases may require only 1-2 or several sessions while some chronic cases and addiction  
      cases may require more frequent and longer treatment courses.

Does Acupuncture Have Side Effects?

     As of now, no serious side effect has been associated with acupuncture provided by well-trained practitioners.
     The fine needles may cause small black and blue marks on the skin. They will disappear in days.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

       Most patients do not feel the insertion of the very fine acupuncture needles. Some patients may feel a little prick,
     not unlike a mosquito bite, when a needle touches nerve endings.

       When needles penetrate deeper into tissues, patients usually have special needle sensations, such as heaviness,
      numbness, soreness, distension and even electric shock. The presence of needle sensations suggests good
      response to the treatment.

What Responses to Treatment Will Occur?

        Most patients with pain and/or tension feel relaxed and relieved during the treatment.
       Many patients may feel an increase in energy, lightness and buoyancy due to the stimulating effects of
       acupuncture.
       Speed of response to treatment varies considerably from patient to patient, and with each disease. There are
       four types of responses:
      1.  Immediate Response- patient  notes immediate relief of symptoms following the first treatment
      2.  Cumulative Response-patient requires multiple treatments to realize beneficial relief
      3.  Delayed Response- patient notes reduction of symptoms up to two to three months after   
           acupuncture treatments have stopped
      4.  Non Response-patient notes no change in symptoms

             How Long Does Benefits Last?
         Patients have reported the lasting effects of acupuncture to vary from months to years. If the symptoms
       reoccur, additional treatments may be necessary.


Acupressure                                                                                        

       It is described as “acupuncture without the needles”. It is performed by
      using deep finger pressure applied at certain points located along an
      invisible system of energy channels within the body called meridians.
      Acupressure can smooth Qi-energy flow, remove blockages, reduce stress,
      and promote health and harmony of the body

      Acupressure is a refresher for the people under a stress of mind and/or body.  
      Combined with Reflexology, it would be effective for sore and stress, improve blood circulation, immune
      function and overcome tiredness and anxiety.    



Facial Massagy                                                      

Facial Massage is a very popular beauty treatment to slow down the aging
process and achieve younger-looking and healthier skin, It is also used to
relieve stress, migraine headache, premenstrual syndrome ( PMS ) and sinus
congestion.
        Facial massage is part of a full-body treatment in which pressure points on
        the face and neck are stimulated      




    Deep tissue Massage                                                                         

             Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue
        structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.
       Deep tissue massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick
       muscles,  the pressure will generally be more intense. It is used for
       releasing compression and friction of deep muscle.  It is also a more
       focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle
       tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")


Reflexology                                                                                     

              This is an acupressure type technique performed on the feet and is
          based on the ancient oriental theory that meridian lines or pathway
        carry energy throughout the body. Because each zone or part of the
        body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that
        reflex point causes stimulation i n the natural energy of the related
        organ. Crystallin-type deposits and/or tenderness indicate a
        dysfunction, and pressure is applied to clear out congestion and
        restore normal functioning and health.



  Chinese Herbal Medicine                                                             

              Chinese Herbal Medicine is supplements of medical system that has been
         used for diagnosis, treatment and prevented illness for over three thousand
        years in China. While it can remedy ailments and alter states of mind,
        Chinese Herbal Medicine can also enhance recuperative power, immunity,
        and the capacity for pleasure, work, and creativity.
Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman's life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the
physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide a safe, effective alternative for many of the health complications that may arise
before, during and after pregnancy. A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to use throughout their pregnancy and as
an optional treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.

Planning for a Healthy Baby

Healthy parents produce healthy babies. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most
optimal environment for their unborn child. In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-
being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are an effective treatment for regulating menstruation and hormone levels, reducing stress
and addressing any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns that a woman may have.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman. There is strong evidence to support that
acupuncture is highly effective at treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy including morning
sickness, heartburn, insomnia, water retention and sciatica.

Here is a list of some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy:



* Nausea and Vomiting
* Heartburn
* Constipation
* Hemorrhoids
* Edema and Swelling
* Urinary Tract Infection
* Pelvic Pain
* Neck and Back Pain
* Sciatica
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Leg Cramps
* Fatigue and Exhaustion
* Insomnia
* Anxiety and Depression

Acupuncture for Childbirth

While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce
labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening. There is also an acupuncture point that has
been found to turn a breech baby.

Acupuncture Postpartum

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help the transition of those first few
months after birth to ensure a quick recovery. Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the
mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, as well as encouraging breast feeding.

Here are some of the postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

* Fatigue
* Postpartum Depression
* Mastitis
* Insufficient or Excessive Lactation
* Post Operative Healing
* Night Sweats

If you would like to know more how acupuncture and Oriental medicine ease discomfort and facilitate pregnancy, please call for more
information.



UB 67 for Turning Breech Babies
An acupuncture point on the small toe of the foot (Urinary Bladder 67) has been found to effectively revolve fetuses in breech
presentation.

In an Italian study, 240 women at 33-35 weeks of gestation carrying a fetus in breech presentation were randomized to receive
acupuncture plus moxibustion (an herb used to apply heat to an acupuncture point) or to be assigned to the observation group. At
delivery, the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex (head-down) position was 53.6 % in the group
treated with acupuncture while the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex position in the observation
group was 36.7%.

Source: J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52



In This Issue
Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth
UB 67 for Turning Breech Babies
Safety of Acupuncture While Pregnant
Common Acupuncture Points used During Pregnancy
Safety of Acupuncture While Pregnant


Acupuncture is safe to use while you are pregnant; however, there are some points that can cause contractions and should NOT be
needled during pregnancy or should be used with extreme caution.

Acupuncture Points to Avoid During Pregnancy

* Large Intestine 4
* Spleen 6
* Gallbladder 21
* Points on the sacrum
* Point on the lower abdomen
* Point on the low back

There are also many herbal remedies that are contraindicated during pregnancy. Always err on the side of caution with all herbs and
medications while you are expecting.

Common Acupuncture Points used During Pregnancy
Zhubin (K 9) – 'beautiful baby point'
Location: Above the medial malleolus (inner ankle bone), right below the calf muscle.
Function: Calms the mind, builds or tonifies blood.
Indication: Good for hypertension, fear, anxiety, nightmares, and mental disorders.

Zusanli (St 36)
Location: Four fingers below the knee cap, on the outer edge of the tibia.
Function: Strengthens overall constitution, builds blood and Qi, resolves edema, and harmonizes meridians that control digestive
functions.
Indication: Great point for diarrhea, constipation, gastric pain and indigestion. Also helps with insomnia, edema (water retention),
and increases energy level.

Neiguan (P6) – 'morning sickness and motion sickness point'
Location: Two fingers above the inner wrist.
Function: Calms the mind, harmonizes the stomach.
Indication: This is THE point for nausea and vomiting. It is also one of the most relaxing acupuncture points and is used for both
insomnia and anxiety.
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