Q&A

 Beijing Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

1180 Grimes Bridge Rd, Suite 300, Roswell, GA 30075

Tel: 770-518-6607

http://www.beijingacu.com

Eastern healing for Western needs

 

Beijing Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic has been serving greater Atlanta GA area since 2000.

Acupuncture and moxibustion are two of oldest forms of healing known to people. It is one of important branch of Traditional Chinese medicine, that originated in China over 5000 years ago. However, they are still considered new overseas. Therefore, I will answer some of the frequently asked questions.

Q: What is acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture is a method of preventing, diagnosing, treating many common diseases by inserting metal needles into the body surface of designated locations, called acupuncture points, at various depths and angles. Classical acupuncture involves the insertion and manipulation of filiform acupuncture needles through the skin to specific points on the body for the purpose of regulating life energy in order to achieve therapeutic results. Modern technology has produced a variety of new techniques, including the application of pressure, heat, cold, electricity, microwave, lasers and even magnetism to selected points. Points may also be stimulated electrically by placing an electrode on top of the needle, or directly on the skin (without a needle). Acupuncture can be a valuable addition to general medical practice.

Q: What is moxibustion?

A: Moxibustion involves the burning of a special herb called moxa (Artemesia vulgaris) in the form of cones or rolls above selected points on the body (not directly on the skin). The warm heat and evaporated plant oil thus generated is therapeutic for treating a number of medical problems. It can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture depending on the nature and condition of the ailment.

Q: Is acupuncture only useful to cover up symptoms?

A: No, the purpose of acupuncture treatment is to correct the underlying causes ( the imbalance of the life force). Once the imbalance has been corrected, symptoms often don’t occur. That is especially true if the illness is recent, the patient isn’t too advanced in age, and if he or she is in relatively good health. In cases where a disease has progressed too far, it is often possible to give sufficient relief so that one can resume reasonable activities, and may even prevent it from developing further.

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A: No, usually the acupuncture needle can hardly be felt at all. Sometimes, a slight pricking sensation may be felt. Once in place, the acupuncture needle may cause a light tingling, numbness, soreness, or heaviness. This needling sensation is the body’s natural reaction to the stimulation of the needle. The size of acupuncture needle is only 1/5 of the size of the needle used for injection. Also we employ a special insertion technique that makes skin penetration almost pain free.

Q: What should I expect after an acupuncture treatment?

A: Some patients feel more energetic, or more relaxed after an acupuncture treatment. For those seeking pain control, it’s possible to have some discomfort the day following an acupuncture session for the initial few sessions. This is an indication of positive response. It is the overall, long-term benefits that can occur from acupuncture that we are striving to achieve. Improvement may occur immediately after the first treatment or not seen until after the 10th treatment.

Q: How many treatments are needed?

A: The number of treatments varies not only with the type of illness and extent of ailments, but also based on the age of the patient, his or her general state of health, and how long they had a particular symptom. For many common illness of recent onset, 2-6 treatments will usually suffice. Severe or chronic cases will generally require more treatments, however some patients may respond quickly. After all the symptoms have gone, several more treatments are recommended to produce a longer lasting relief or remission.

Q: Is there anything I need to do before and after every treatment session?

A: It’s important to have eaten some solid food so you don’t come to treatment feeling hungry. It’s also important not to be too tired or under the influence of alcohol, excessive coffee (or caffeine-containing tea or soda), or a heavy meal. On the day of treatment, optional drugs such painkillers, tranquilizers, and non-prescription drugs should be avoided if all possible. However, you should take the medication that has been prescribed by your doctor. After treatment, try to avoid anything very hot and very cold and avoid extremes such as steam baths, cold plunges, and so on. You should plan a relaxed evening. You may shower or take a bath before treatment but don’t shower or bath afterwards until the following day.

 

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