Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that was founded thousands of years ago Acupuncture literally means needle piercing and involves the practice of inserting very fine sterile needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body called acupuncture points. Over the past three decades electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence of Acupuncture points.
What disorders can be treated by Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is recognized to be effective in the treatment of many disorders such as:
Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, asthma, colds and flu
Cystitis, menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, and menopause
Low back pain, TMJ, sciatica, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and frozen shoulder
Depression, Anxiety, stress, headache, dizziness and tinnitus.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture can be described as virtually painless. Most times a mild sensation or tingle can be felt at the site of insertion. A slight numbness or an electrical pulsation can be felt or can be felt in areas distant from the site, this usually disappears after the needles are re- moved. Most people usually fall asleep during treatments, and feel quite relaxed afterwards.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the severity and duration of your complaint. Acute conditions usually require less treatment where chronic conditions require more. To help re- duce the number of treatments the Acupuncturist may recommend nutritional modifications, or other techniques to help increase the effec- tiveness of acupuncture.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by promoting the body to heal itself. It works with the body's vital energy called Qi (pronounced Chee). This energy flows in pathways in the body called meridians, if the flow of energy is blocked there is pain, or pathological symptoms occur. Acupuncture promotes the stagnant or deficient energy to move to promote healing.
Is Acupuncture safe?
How much does it cost for an Acupuncture treatment?
When it is performed by a fully trained licensed professional it is extremely safe. Sterile individually packed needles are used, possibility of infection is very rare.
Is Acupuncture covered by Insurance?
You would have to check with your Insurance plan, to see what coverage is available to you for Acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture treatments at Atlantic Wellness Center cost $125.00 for the initial assessment and first treatment, and $80.00 for subsequent treatments. The first treatment costs more because it takes longer, a detailed health and social history must be taken.
Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
Belief in Acupuncture or the theories behind it is not necessary for an Acupuncture treatment to be successful. Acupuncture is completed successfully on animals that cannot understand the process or believe that it works. A positive attitude about wellness may reinforce the effectiveness of the treatments, just as a negative attitude may hinder the results of any treatment.
I have a fear of needles, can I still visit an Acupuncturist?
An Acupuncturist is trained to treat using many different modalities of treatment besides needles. Such as: Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na (massage) Plum Blossom, Gua Sha, TDP lamp, electro acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture and Magnetic Therapy. The Acupuncturist may also provide some nutritional advice.
Are there any side effects?
It is quite common to have a feeling of deep relaxation after treatment. Sometimes there may even be a mild sense of disorientation, this passes over time. On occasion it is possible for the original condition to flare up. There may be changes in apetite, sleeping patterns, urination or bowel movements. There is no need for concern, these are just indications that the body is healing itself.
What part of my body will be needled?
The needles are inserted into the Acupuncture points. The selection of points is based on the person and the type of complaint they have. Needles are inserted shallow in the head fingers and feet, needle depth in other areas is usually determined by the persons size and constitution.
How to Lose the Weight and Keep It Off with
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Weight loss comes under the topic of "Weight Control", because we are concerned with the loss and MAINTENANCE of loss of weight. This is a multi-faceted problem, and a good program involves diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques. Chinese acupressure and digestive aid exercises are also useful tools in the battle with weight loss.
Acupuncture is an ADJUNCT therapy. It is not a panacea or a wonder cure in the treatment of weight control. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to lose and maintain that loss if the patient is willing to change their lifestyle. The exact mechanism by which acupuncture works is unknown but we know that acupuncture needles inserted into specific points on the body and in the ear release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect that makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating and bingeing on fattening foods. Also endorphins affect the digestive and hormonal systems so acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems that are running too fast- or in this case too slow—i.e., the metabolism and the will power.
The Acupuncture Treatment
In order for the acupuncturist to choose the correct points for you, you must first come in for a consultation to discuss your particular pattern of overeating, and let the practitioner know in your intake form if there are any real digestive difficulties. Then the acupuncturist would check your pulse to discern the general state of your energy and measure the health of your stomach energy in particular, and then they would look at your tongue to check for cracks, peeling or puffiness on the stomach area, or a suspicious yellow or thick white coating that might indicate troublesome heat or coldness in the stomach and would provide some clues as to why the person was gaining weight.
The Acupuncture Points
Then, armed with this information, the acupuncturist would devise a treatment protocol using a combination of ear and body points. Although the Chinese developed the system of auricular (ear) acupuncture a long time ago, as one of the various Microsystems of the body containing all the points relating to the major organs and body parts, a Frenchman by the name of Nogier, discovered many more acupuncture points on the ear that pertain to Western medicine such as points called "Adrenal", "Pituitary", "FSH", "Ovary", "Thyroid", etc.
Many of the points from both ear acupuncture systems that are important for weight loss treatments are:
- Mouth - for the impulsive eater who may also smoke a lot and talk a lot
- Stomach - for the person who eats even after they're full or who's constantly nibbling
- Hungry - for general appetite control
- Lung - for food addicts, and people who love chocolate, sweets
- Shenmen - a calming point, for the psychology overlay for anxiety, anger, frustration, insecurity
- Endocrine - for water retention that's responsible for some of the weight gain
- Adrenal and Ovary - if weight gain is due to menopause or P.M.S.
- Spleen - for sugar imbalances and hormonal disturbances
- Kidney - for water retention, and nervous system and hormonal imbalances
- Thyroid - for slow metabolism
Get rid of unwanted cellulite with Acupuncture!!!
What is Cellulite Acupuncture?
Cellulite is the name given to lumpy, irregular fatty deposits that appear as dimpled skin around women's hips, buttocks, and thighs. Acupuncture is a safe, natural way to help eliminate cellulite. Even though cellulite affects your outward appearance, it appears in the deeper layer of your skin. Acupuncture deals with cellulite at its source, by nourishing connective skin tissues from within. This is an intensive treatment designed to cleanse and improve circulation, as well as, firm and improve skin tone focusing on problem areas. With the help of acupuncture you will notice smoother feeling legs and a firmer looking appearance in your skin.
Why do Cellulite Acupuncture?
- It reshapes body areas
- It smoothes the "cottage cheese" appearance of the skin
- It is safe and painless
- It is non-surgical and non-invasive
- It effectively reduces the appearance of Cellulite by activating the local blood circulation.
With cellulite acupuncture, fat cells are no longer squeezed together as tightly and therefore do not protrude out into the skin. With regular treatments, the results are a reduction in cellulite, smoother skin and for many, a significant slimming and improvement in lumps and bumps on thighs or buttocks.
Cellulite Acupuncture Sessions
Depending on the area to be treated, each session lasts 45minutes. For optimal results it may take up to 10 treatments after which the appearance of the skin is clearly enhanced and the cellulite will greatly improve. Like all treatments for cellulite, no permanent result is possible. However, regular monthly maintenance will help to maintain results.
It is recommended to do 1-3 treatments per week to finish the course of treatment. Possible side effects for this treatment might be local bruising that may last up to a week.