What is acupuncture?
According to Florida law Acupuncture is described as: Acupuncture means a form of Primary Healthcare based upon traditional Chinese Medical concepts and modern Oriental Medical techniques that employs Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment, as well as adjunctive therapies and diagnostic techniques for the promotion maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of disease.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the body for the relief and prevention of pain. Acupuncture effectively balances the five main organs of the body and to improve the flow of Qi and Blood in the channels and the blood vessels.
Acupuncture is basically a misnomer. The word Acu comes from the French meaning needle and puncture mean puncture. Therefore we have the word acupuncture meaning the insertion of needles into the body. It is based upon the observation by a Jesuit priest in the 17 century. He was able to witness one aspect of the entire Chinese healthcare system, the insertion of very fine needle into a patient.
Chinese healthcare consist of:
Hand Therapy (Tui Na),
2 Needle insertion (acupuncture),
3 Herbal decoctions,
4 Exercise (Qi Kung) and
5 Nutritional consultation.
Does acupuncture Work?
Most certainly! Acupuncture is over 3000 years old. There are over 12 million American who have experience the health benefits of Acupuncture therapy and in Asia there are over one billion people who depend on Acupuncture for their healthcare needs.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is not magic nor is it hypnosis. Acupuncture is based upon a therapy that works to increase and improve the flow of energy (Qi) in the body. According to Chinese medical concepts there are basically two major health problem 1) Qi stagnation and 2) Organ imbalance.
Qi stagnation is really easy to diagnose because Qi stagnation causes pain swelling and physical discomfort. Headaches, physical pain etc, are group together as qi stagnation.
Organ imbalance is also easy to see by a trained physician. For example digestives disturbances sleep disorder, menstrual dysfunction, moodiness etc.
There are five main organs in the human body when they are not working properly you experience it as pain or discomfort.
For example the Heart, when it is not working properly you experience being impatient, harsh with your words and difficulty staying asleep. As it get worse you begin to have occasional glitches in the Heart and chest. In a word the Qi of your Heart is not flowing. Acupuncture can help to restore the flow of Qi in your Heart
The Liver: when it begins to dysfunctions you find yourself being irritable and moody. Quick to anger or depressed., with difficulty falling asleep. It affects the endocrine system also, in women that will affect their menstrual flow. The liver helps in digestion therefore you can experience digestive problems as well. Both Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are beneficial to improve the functioning of the Liver.
Spleen and Stomach: It is important to be able to eat every three to five hours. As you dysfunction in the Spleen and Stomach you find that you are either over eating or you have no appetite. In addition you can experience bloating, heartburn, rumbling and indigestion. Again both Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are highly recommended for relief and cure.
The Kidney rules over our sexual functions as well as the filtering of our blood and the elimination of waste. We also say that it governs our heat and cold it is our thermometer. If you have difficulty with hot and cold, or have a diminished sex drive your kidney energy is implicated. If you feel fearful, timid, or distrustful of people or events it may indicate an imbalance in your Kidneys.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have proven over the years to be safe and effective in treating the Kidney imbalance.
The Lungs takes in oxygen and releases the waste CO2. We call the Lungs the Prime
Minister. When it is functioning at its optimal state it is the organ that helps us to remain calm and collected. When the lungs are out of balance we tend to be sad and gloomy, living in the past. Confused with frequents colds. The Lungs and the large intestines work together when one is out of balance it can easily affect the other. Again we can say confidently both Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been proven to help our patients in these cases.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes Acupuncture is both safe and effective. In the State of Florida the requirement to become a licensed Acupuncture Physician is well regulated. Most MD’s and Chiropractors are allowed to practice with only 100 hours of training, which in my view is highly inconsistent with the states mandate to protect the public. On the other hand Acupuncture Physician study for over 2700 hours at a Masters Level, and are required to take and pass the National exam. When you get acupuncture make sure that your doctor is both competently trained and has passed the NCCAOM exam.
How would I know if my doctor is well trained in the Study of Chinese medicine?
Just ask him/her if they hold a license in Acupuncture. Ask them if they study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at a college of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and do not be afraid to ask them to show you their Diploma. Ask them if they took and passed the national exam from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. If you get resistance you have someone with little or not real training, on the other hand if he/she can show you the documents (which should be posted in a very conspicuous place in their office) you have a bona file Acupuncture Physician. You are in good hands.
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
The list is almost endless. But we need to trim it down to the basics.
We are best known for PAIN RELIEF.
Headaches, back neck and shoulder pain, sciatica pain.
Menstrual disorder to include scanty menses, profuse menses and painful; menses.
Premenapausal symptoms, etc. Low sex drive pain itching in the genital region.
Digestive functions, bloating, gas and indigestions. Overeating etc. Insomnia, fatigue, moodiness
Is Acupuncture covered by my Insurance?
It may very well be a covered therapy. To find out if your policy covers Acupuncture just call my office and ask my staff to help you. They will take your policy numbers and call your carrier. It takes no more than a half an hour to get the details on your coverage.
If my insurance does not cover Acupuncture how much should I expect to pay?
Acupuncture treatment can run form $75 to $150 a treatment. For the most part we say you usually get what you pay for. No one can truly tell you how many treatment you will need based upon professional estimates you should expect to take a minimum of 12 treatments to begin with, that is called one round. On the average most people who come to us for treatment have had the condition for at lest three years. The best advice we can give you is to expect to complete three rounds.
The first step to recovery is called Relief Care that takes form 12 to 18 treatments. Which is followed by Corrective Care which can take from 18 to 36 treatments, Finally after you have corrected the internal conditions that produced your symptoms you will need to protect you health investment with Maintenance Care again that could include 4 to 6 treatment per year.
How many treatments will I need?
Due to the fact that each patient’s health problem is unique and that each person responds differently to treatment the number of treatment and the frequency may vary. Typically we recommend two to four treatment per week during the first month. In the cases of severe pain four to five treatment will ease the pain within the week, thereafter two or three times a week. Once the pain level is manageable we can taper it off to twice a week.. Many patient see good results within the first twelve treatments. We call that Relief Care. Generally that will happen in acute cases, in chronic cases it can take longer. At this point many patient opt to cast their fate to the wind and stop treatment. Usually they return within three months with the same problem except that now it is worse than before. We strongly recommend that you follow through and complete the course of treatment. in the end you will realize that having a completed your treatment was the best thing you ever did. It will prove to be a fantastic investment in yourself.