1.What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that originated in China over 4,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called “qi”, that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
In 1997, NIH (National Institute of Health) reiterated the statement issued by FDA, endorsing acupuncture for the treatment of variety of health conditions, such as post-operative pain, depression and so on.
The FDA estimates that $500 million spent annually on acupuncture treatments. Many health insurance plans have coverage for acupuncture treatment.
2.How Acupuncture Works
The mechanism how Acupuncture works is not clear yet, however the effective treatment of many types of diseases indicates that Acupuncture may have physiological effects in the following ways:
a.By activating the hormonal function, the pain-relieving endorphins is released to help the pain syndrome
b.Under the acupuncture treatment, the nervous system is improved and the neurotransmitters become more active, resulting in better brain functions.
c.The circulation system is strengthened, (blood and lymph systems), consequently the biological detoxification of body can function more effectively.
There are a number of different theories in the medical perspectives; meanwhile, the worldwide acceptance and its effectiveness in treating variety of diseases are supporting evidence for Acupuncture in the medical field.
3.What an acupuncture treatment session is like?
Like a visit to a doctor office, usually a client needs to complete a health history questionnaire. Acupuncturist then interviews the client, asking about client’s diet, lifestyle, emotions, cycle, and sleep and so on. During the interview, acupuncturist exams the client carefully, that includes face color, tongue coating, the way client talks, along with measuring the wrist pulse, assessing to further determine the health of the 12 meridians. After the evaluation procedure, acupuncturist delivers diagnosis in the TCM terms, and there begins the treatment. The thin steel needles (one or a few) will be used to stimulate the points of pertinent meridians. The treatment usually lasts for 20 to 30 minutes.
4.Is treatment painful?
Acupuncture needles are metallic, and hair-thin. Most people feel no or minimal pain when the needles are inserted into the body, however individuals are different in experiencing the treatment, some feel relaxed, some feel energized.
5.Is Acupuncture safe?
FDA approved acupuncture use needles in 1996. Most Acupuncturists only use disposable steel needles, which meets the safety requirement of FDA. There were very few medical incidences occurred in past years, Acupuncture treatment is generally considered safe.
6.Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is a key component in TCM. Body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. The yin and yang theory demonstrates the natural process of continuous change where nothing is of itself, but is seen as aspects of the whole or as two opposites, yet complementary aspects of existence. Therefore, yin and yang are seen as opposites of the same phenomena and exist only in relation to one another.
Although yin and yang are diametrically opposed, one has no meaning without the other. There is continuous and constant vying as one creates and transforms into the other while at the same time holding the other in check. It is said that when yin and yang are in balance there is harmony and well being. The outcome of long-term disharmony is disease. If yang is too strong or excessive, yin will appear to be too weak. If yang is weak, yin will be overbearing. If the imbalance becomes too severe, yin and yang will separate, and the result is death of the organism. It is this relationship that is considered to be the source of all change and movement.
Health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Acupuncture treatment is to adjust and bring back the balance of qi, therefore, to restore the health.
7.What is Qi?
A Chinese term for vital energy or life force. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine, qi is believed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance, and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang.
8. What type of symptoms or diseases is Acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture can be used for treating a wide range of medical conditions. The most commonly treated conditions include:
Repetitive strain conditions like tennis elbows and carpal tunnel syndrome
Back pain and sciatica
Post operative and chemotherapy nausea
Patients undergoing recovery from addiction and substance abuse
9. What are not for Acupuncture treatment?
Very weak or very elderly patients
People with compromised immunity
Patients suffering with certain bleeding disorders or severe blood loss
Patients with significantly low blood pressure
Patients who are suffering with extreme anxiety or who are very nervous about the needles
Pregnancy: while acupuncture is generally considered safe for most women during pregnancy, there are certain acupuncture points that are forbidden during pregnancy. Pregnant women should talk with their OB-GYN doctor before undergoing an acupuncture treatment.
10. Is Acupuncture treatment covered by health insurance?
Acupuncture is more commonly covered by insurance. However, clients are advised to check with their insurer before the treatment to see whether acupuncture will be covered for your condition and, if so, to what extent. Or Colon Detox Clinic will contact the insurance company for the Acupuncture coverage. If Acupuncture treatment is not covered in the insurance plan, you can still consider your payments as medical expenses which can be applied to the tax deduction. If you have a flexible spending plan through workplace, that account often covers the cost of treatment.