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Does Acupuncture really work?
- Yes, it does
- Documented successes for over 2000 years
- The World Health Organization officially recognizes Acupunctureas a genuine healing modality and suitable treatment method for over200 common clinical disorders
Is Acupuncture safe?
- Yes, and serious injury is extremely rare
- Normal risks:
- Local pain, bruising, bleeding, or hematoma formation
- Syncope or presyncope – aka needle sickness
- Risks due to incompetency:
- Pneumothorax, cardiac trauma, damage to neural and vascular structures, and infection
When should Acupuncture not be used?
- Needle phobic or uncooperative
- Positional intolerance
- Septic or extremely weakened
- Intoxication, delusions, hallucinations, or extreme paranoia
- Cellulitis, burns, ulcerations – locally
- Hemophilia or other severe bleeding disorders
Does Acupuncture hurt?
- Little or no discomfort with insertion
- A small pinch-like feeling
- Free-hand or with a guide tube
- Qi reaction (deqi – arrival of qi)
- Pressure, ache, distention, tingling, itch, warmth, coolness – local, referred, or radiating
- Some people feel nothing
- It is important that the practitioner feel the qi
How do I prepare for a treatment?
- Be neither on an empty nor a full stomach
- Do not be intoxicated
- Try to be relaxed
- If you have a long or stressful drive, arrive early enough to give yourself time to wind down
- Schedule minimal mental and physical stress for after the treatment
How many needles do I need?
- That depends on both the style / experience of the practitioner, and the type of condition
- Musculoskeletal treatments tend to require more needles, maybe 15-30 depending on the area(s) treated
- Something like a headache, insomnia, or diarrhea might take 6-12 needles
- Certain types of treatments only use 1 or 2 needles
How many treatments do I need?
- That depends on both the type of condition and how well you respond to treatment
- Acute conditions usually require less treatments, but they should be closer together, sometimes several in one week
- Chronic conditions usually require more treatments and can be scheduled further apart, such as a week or even more providing progress is still being maintained
- Some conditions can be “cured” and would require no treatments after the initial course
- Other conditions may require regular occasional maintenance treatments after the initial course(s) of treatment get the condition under control and out of the acute or severe stage
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