Q. Does acupuncture hurt?
A. Modern acupuncture needles come in a range of sizes from very thin wires to fairly thick needles. The thinner the wire, the less the sensation. Some acupuncturists still prefer to use the older-style, thicker needles and believe a patient should feel some pain in order for acupuncture to work. If anyone tells you they had acupuncture and it was painful, that acupuncturist was almost certainly using the thicker needles.
In my practice, 90% of the thousands of patients I have treated had never been treated with acupuncture before and most came in concerned that the treatment would be painful. Over nearly 20 years, not a single patient has ever found the treatments painful. In fact, most find the treatments very relaxing and some even fall asleep during the time the needles are in place!
Q. What kind of conditions can acupuncture treat?
A. While acupuncture is best known for its ability to treat pain, it can also be effective for a very wide range of medical problems. The reason for this is because acupuncture helps the body to more effectively heal itself. The human body constantly struggles to maintain balance (homeostasis) and instantly reacts to any disruption of its delicate balancing act. However, for a variety of reasons, sometimes the body is unable to restore balance and pain and/or illness is the result. Acupuncture helps the body to better focus its healing efforts and gain control over the problem. This is why acupuncture can help so many disorders from internal problems such as hormone imbalances or disorders of the organs or glands, to such varied problems as anxiety disorders, tobacco addiction, chronic fatigue, weak immune systems, infections - including colds and flu, neurological problems such as recovery from stroke, neuropathy, and others.
More Info on Conditions Treated with Acupuncture
Q. Is there anything
acupuncture can not treat?
A. Nature endowed humans with the ability to heal most problems and
acupuncture helps us to do this. There are some problems that the body cannot
heal and acupuncture cannot help these problems. Our bodies are unable, for
example, to dissolve a bone spur or repair a severed spinal chord. But, while
acupuncture cannot make something such as a bone spur disappear, it can
sometimes help relive the pain associated with a bone spur. Please feel free to
contact us for more information about any particular condition. For more
information on this subject, please see my book: The Healing Power of Acupuncture and Acupressure; A Complete Guide to
Timeless Traditions and Modern Practice
Q. How does acupuncture
A. Acupuncture was developed and refined to a high level at least 2,000
and perhaps more than 5,000 years ago. The ancient Chinese who developed
acupuncture understood it to work by balancing the flow of qi in the body.
Today, scientist around the world are trying to understand how acupuncture
works in terms of modern science. Researchers have found that acupuncture can
cause a complex range of chemical changes in the body including increasing
white blood cells and producing different pain-killing endorphins. The most
promising research strongly suggests that acupuncture stimulates the brain to
increase its role in regulating the body�s healing processes.
For more information on this subject, please
see my book: The Healing Power of
Acupuncture and Acupressure; A Complete Guide to Timeless Traditions and Modern
Q. How many treatments
A. The number of treatments needed vary by the type of condition and
individual characteristics of each patient. As a general rule, problems that
recently began (acute) require fewer treatments and may improve after the first
1-3 treatments. Long standing problems (chronic) usually take longer to respond
and a greater number of treatments overall. Most acute problems will require
from 2-6 treatments in total while chronic problems may require a dozen or more
treatments. Most patients are seen twice a week at first then reduced to once a
week or less. For more information on this subject, please see my book: The
Healing Power of Acupuncture and
Acupressure; A Complete Guide to Timeless Traditions and Modern Practice