Have questions about Acupuncture?
First of all, it works, it really does. I wouldn’t have gone to school for as long as I did to offer something that doesn’t work or works occasionally. Acupuncture is 90-95% effective for most ailments.
How Does it Work?
Acupuncture is comprised of 12-14 main meridians that run through the body. There are deeper and more superficial meridians that come from the main meridians. Together and connected they cover the entire body. The meridians do affect blood flow and nerve conduction; however we try to stay away from blood vessels and nerves because, well, that’s painful and not necessary.
Just like an electronic device that contains a circuit board to turn switches on/off for a local result or an overall result, the meridians in our body work in the same way. By accessing a point in our hand or foot, we are affecting an internal organ, such as the lung or the large intestine. Fascinitating isn’t it?!
Apparently acupuncture can be explained with logic and mathematics. It boils down to quantum physics and matter that is continually moving through our bodies. Acupuncture needles placed in the acupuncture points stimulate our internal organs to begin doing their job better on their own. This matter moving causes an energy in our body that asian medicine calls qi (pronounced ‘chee’ in Chinese and ‘kee’ in Japanese)
Chinese medicine uses diagnostic tools to do a whole body work-up healing the mind, body, and spirit. In this way, we will be tuning up your whole body, not just working on the elbow pain or your particular ailment. Terms such as deficiency, excess, and stagnation are used to explain the states of the meridians and the internal organs.
How many treatments will you need to get?
I ask my new patients to try about 4 treatments to make sure they respond well to acupuncture and almost everyone does. As long as we see a difference in those 4 treatments it is worthwhile to continue. On average it is about 2-12 treatments to correct most ailments. Sometimes it is one magical treatment that fixes everything up; however most of the time it takes several treatments. Acupuncture works cumulatively to undo or correct the stagnation, deficiency, or excess. Let’s face it; it’s taken some time to get you into a state of imbalance, its going to take some time to get you out of imbalance.
Most of the time, acupuncture and chinese medicine (including herbal therapy) is corrective care. This means that it corrects the ailment, period. You may never need to get acupuncture for that ailment again or you may need to get maintenance care, monthly or quarterly, depending on the causative factor.
It is my goal to get my patients to graduate from acupuncture care, not having them coming into my clinic forever and a day. We can do this most of the time and I stay busy with referrals and new ailments to heal. It works so you can move on with the rest of your life, without the ailment!
How much does it cost?
Acupuncture costs about $50-70 per treatment depending on if its the first treatment or if you buy a few treatments at a time, I give a discount as well.
Many insurance companies are covering acupuncture now: Blue Cross Federal, MailHandlers, some Aetna, some United. And of course, if you are injured in an automobile accident, acupuncture can fix you up pretty well, and yes, the insurance companies pay for acupuncture in this instance.
Does it hurt?
Well, we are working with needles, but it is not anything like getting a shot or blood drawn. Most patients who have acupuncture for the first time think it is nothing at all! Once the needles are in, you will rest for about 30 minutes which is very relaxing, believe it or not.