Q:What are the main objectives of acupuncture treatment?
A: The main objectives are three:
#1- Relieve pain and other symptoms.
#2- Strengthen the immune system.
#3- Balance, Harmonize, and integrate functions of the organs with each other, making for a unified, healthy person, rather than a collection of fragmented, disharmonious parts.
Q: What are needle treatments like? Are they painful?
A: Patients who have received inoculations or other medical injections from a hypodermic needle are sometimes fearful that acupuncture will be as painful. But such is not the case. medical hypodermic needles are stiff, hollow, and thick for forcing liquid into the patients flesh, usually an uncomfortable, if not painful, procedure. Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger around than a human hair or piece of thread. Deftly inserted into an acupoint by a skilled acupuncturist, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the needle makes contact with Chi, the energy, most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. First-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during treatment.
Q: How does the flow of Chi become blocked or unbalanced?
A: The desired balance in the flow of Chi can be affected by any noxious substance, both internal and external, including poor nutrition, adulterated food, toxic air or water, infectious or contagious diseases, malfunction of an organ, ergonomic or overuse injuries, as well as home, work, sports, and auto injuries. Excessive dampness, wind, cold, heat, even emotional responses to life such as worry, anxiety, stress may affect Chi’s flow through the meridians.
Q: Can acupuncture help that “stressed-out” feeling?
A: Most people already know that the demands of modern life leave many people feeling stressed-out and anxious because, it seems, there is always more and more to do and less and less time to do it. But there’s often far more daily stress than negative feelings. Acupuncturists see that such pressure cooker living contributes to a host of chronic illnesses and conditions. Here’s why: Too much stress tends to affect the balance of Chi in the body which can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, depression, and many other stress related conditions. So acupuncturists sometimes recommend periodic acupuncture care to bring Chi into balance and keep it that way. This often helps replace feelings of stress with a sense of well-being, something everyone desires.
Q: How Western and Chinese Medicine differ?
Because Chinese medicine views people as ecosystems in miniature, it seeks to improve our capacity to balance and renew our resources. Chinese medicine can minimize the erosion of our soil by enriching it, maximize the flow of nutrients by increasing circulation, and help prevent bottlenecks that obstruct movement. Often Western medicine intervenes only after crises arise, whereas Chinese medicine anticipates problems by sustaining our interior landscape. By correcting depletion and stagnation at earlier stages, greater problems later on are avoided. Sometimes Western medicine has nothing to offer for nagging chronic complaints that Chinese medicine can help. The two are not a substitute for each other. They are often complementary. Whereas Western medicine may heroically rescue us, Chinese medicine can protect and preserve our health day to day.
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