Facts & Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, manage chronic disorders, alleviate pain and promote health through prevention and maintenance. It can be used for physical, emotional and psychological problems. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the body known as acupuncture points. These points act as gate into the body's QI and restore its smooth flow.
Acupuncture works by restoring normal, healthy flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. This helps the body maintain optimal organ function. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine gets rid of pain and other symptoms while simultaneously treating the root cause of aging, illness and disease. The ultimate goal is to have the entire body at peak functioning and all our patients feeling great.
What is Qi? (pronounced "chee")
The Chinese term, Qi, is an energy force that runs throughout the body. Qi exists of all essential life activities which include the spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. A persons health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body, in combination with the universal characteristics of Yin and Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, Yin and Yang become unbalanced and illness may occur.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete health system with unique methods of diagnosing and treating illness. TCM defines disease as an imbalance of the body in Yin and Yang, impairment of Qi and/or blood flow, disharmony among organs, conflict of human physical, spiritual activities and the natural social environments.
How Long for Symptom Relief?
Although they are the first to disappear, symptoms are the last stage of a health problem. It takes more time to eliminate the cause of a problem than it does to just treat the symptoms. However, when the cause is corrected the results are more permanent. Your symptoms may disappear or return and for this reason symptoms are not a reliable measure of your progress.
What can I expect in an Initial Consultation?
Your initial consultation will be focused on understanding each patient's medical background and addressing individual health concerns.
During this evaluation, we will review the following:
■ Review your medical history.
■ Discuss your specific health concerns.
■ Explain treatments available to improve your conditions and expected outcome.
■ Answer questions regarding general acupuncture topics, treatment cost and other health related issues.
Your Acupuncture treatment will stimulate movement of Qi and blood within the body. Acupuncture is generally painless and very relaxing, lasting approximately 40 minutes. Most leave our office feeling peaceful yet energized. Please wear loosecomfortable clothing and be sure you do not have an empty stomach.
What is Qi and Blood Stagnation?
When a physical, emotional or chemical stress affects our body it usually results in blockage or reduction in the flow of Qi and blood. The visible result of physical injury is swelling, which ultimately restricts blood flow. Adequate flow is necessary to maintain the health and function of our tissues and organs. This is why the free flow of Qi and blood is fundamental to good health. Western medicine agrees immune cells are the building blocks for energy creation to every part of our body. Obstruction of the flow of Qi and blood can be compared to a kinked garden hose. If there is a kink in the hose, the flow is restricted and pressure builds behind the blockage. In the early stages, Qi stagnation may affect muscles, ligaments or organs. Pain may be present and may be mild like a dull ache or not noticed at all. Blood stagnation is a more advanced stage of Qi stagnation and usually involves sharp pain. When blockages or stagnation occur some of our tissues and organs fail to receive the nourishment they need for optimal functioning.
What is Organ Imbalance?
If stagnation remains untreated, the body will attempt to help support the affected area, but may deform instead. The longer the condition is allowed to go untreated, the less chance for complete recovery. Often after Qi and blood stagnation has occurred for an extended time, organ imbalance occurs. Sometimes inadequate nutrients and weakened constitution can be the cause of organ imbalance.
What is Yin and Yang?
Yin and Yang are opposite forces, that when balanced work together. When Meridians become obstructed, deficient, excessive or just unbalanced, Yin and Yang are said to be thrown out of balance. This causes illness.Acupuncture is said too restore the balance.
What is a Meridian?
The Chinese term, Qi, is an energy force that runs throughout the body. Qi consists of all essential life activities which include the spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. A persons health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body, in combination with the universal characteristics of Yin and Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, Yin and Yang become unbalanced and illness may occur.