What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Oriental Medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over 3000 years. Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology and bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on Traditional Oriental Medicine principles. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body's well-being.


How does it work?


The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called meridians. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.


Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.


Traditional Oriental Medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medical diagnosis . A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.


What can I expect?


Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow and steady progress.


As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination, and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.


Although Chinese herbal medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by western medicine. In such cases, we will recommend you to contact a western medical doctor. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine should be seen as complementary to western medicine.



Is acupuncture safe?


In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are disposed after treatment.




How many treatments are needed?


The number of acupuncture treatments you need depends on the complexity of your illness. Several courses of treatment are common as one-time cures are rare. Four to six treatments tend to produce noticeable results with regards to improving your condition while a long-standing, chronic illness may require treatments for several months to achieve good results. In our clinic, many patients who were successfully treated for acute conditions, such as back pain, migraine headache, depression, stress, fatigue, and constipation, after 3-months of intense treatment. Often times, these patients choose to have continual follow ups for general health maintenance and disease prevention.


How long does a session take?


Depending on your condition and special need. Normally, each treatment takes about 45 minutes to one hour.