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Why use Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine ?
A The strength of East Asian medicine is to improve the quality of life by accessing the body’s own ability to restore itself. Acupuncture and herbal medicine work well with many chronic health issues and can be an alternative to medication or surgery. Also, it can help with problems at stages before symptoms become too debilitating. In cases when surgery or medication are necessary, it can provide support to these interventions.
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How does acupuncture work ?
AIt stimulates the nervous system to release various chemicals, for example endorphins, which reduce pain. When the skin is mildly irritated, the brain sends messages to have the body bring chemicals and nutrients to that location via the blood stream. This signaling creates a change in the status of the area, the whole body and emotional state. In most cases, a sense of calmness is experienced. Acupuncture is a proven method to yield many benefits and there are very few sides effects (mild bruising in some cases). In most cases, it won’t adversely affect your current medical regimen.
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Are the needles sterile ?
A The needles we use in our practice are pre-sterilized, non-toxic and disposable. They are labeled for single use only as required by the FDA.
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Does it hurt ?
A Acupuncture uses thin disposable filiform sterile stainless steel needles, and are designed to be relatively painless. Acupuncture is most often very relaxing.
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Is there medicine on the needle ?
A There is no medication on the needle, any reaction is due to needle stimulation by itself.
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How many treatments will I require ?
A East Asian medicine focuses on the individual and therefore each treatment will be individualized. The number of treatments will depend on whether the condition is chronic or acute.
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During my visit, what will my acupuncturist do ?
A During the initial exam we will take a full health history and you will be asked questions regarding your symptoms, health, nutrition and lifestyle. Your Acupuncturist will check your pulses, look at your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. Considering all these factors, as well as discussing your stress level and other emotional issues, your Acupuncturist will put together a comprehensive diagnosis and discern where the imbalances are in your body. After completing the intake and diagnosis, your Acupuncturist will formulate a treatment plan and insert needles accordingly. You will then have an opportunity to rest for about 30 minutes.
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What types of illnesses does acupuncture treat ?
A According to the World Health Organization acupuncture has been proven to benefits the following conditions :
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Carpal tunnel
Depression
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Digestive complaints
Headache
Hypertension
Infertility
Knee pain
Low back pain
Abdominal pain
Acne
Back pain
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Stress
Earache
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Facial spasm
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gout
Insomnia
Lactation, deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction
Ménière disease
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Shoulder pain
Sport injuries
Sprain
Stroke
Tennis elbow

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