Frequently Asked Questions
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed correctly by a competent, well-trained professional,
acupuncture is a natural, gentle process that is absolutely safe.
What Will My First Visit Be Like?
When you come in you will fill out a short form at the reception area. Then,
after a few minutes, you will be shown to a private treatment room. Dr. Wang
will then give you a full consultation and any examinations necessary,
followed by the appropriate treatments, herbal prescriptions or directions.
Is There Anything I Should Do To Prepare for an Acupuncture Treatment?
Try to avoid going into treatment with an empty stomach and avoid rigorous
exercise right before and after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need and How Often?
This is a frequently asked question and one that is very difficult to answer
because... Each individual has a unique body constitution that makes his/her
treatment needs different from another person's, even if their problems are
identical, and Dr. Wang often needs to see the patient's responses to the
first one or two treatments before setting up a treatment plan.
Will Insurance Cover This?
Some companies, such as Aetna and United Healthcare, BCBS, offer plans that
do cover acupuncture. To find out if your plan covers acupuncture, call a
representative of the company and ask. Upon request, we can give you a
receipt with the medical codes so you can file with your insurance company
directly. The office no longer files any insurance claims. Medicare does not
cover acupuncture treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncturist inserts acupuncture needles in the certain areas, called
acupuncture points, for balancing body energy flow into healthier patterns,
boosting up health, and treating diseases. This therapy is called
acupuncture. It is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese
medicine. It is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture therapy is non-drug and non-knife medicine, has no side effect.
How does it work on the body?
What is the origin of Acupuncture?
What is the difference between Acupuncture and Acupressure?
What are the similarities between the two?
What are common reasons why people use this approach?
Can Acupuncture help with the skin?
How often should you get Acupuncture?
It can help:
1. Relax muscles.
2. Increase blood circulation on targeted organs and tissues.
3. Lead to more active function of various physiological systems. For example, it can stimulate the central nervous system, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland.
4. Increase Endorphin levels.
5. Change the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones.
6. Change immune function, for example St 36, after acupuncture WBC running up.
It is very difficult to answer the question, because of different cultural background, different philosophy thinking, and different medical systems.
The general theory of acupuncture is based on the idea that there is Qi, which flows through our bodies and is essential for our health. The disorder of this flow is believed to be responsible for diseases. Acupuncture can adjust the imbalances of this flow at acupuncture points, thus treat diseases.
The origin of acupuncture can be said from the accidents, practices, and long-time experiences. Original needles were stone needles, bone needles, bamboo needles. They have developed today to stainless steel needles.
Their tools are different. Acupuncture uses acupuncture needles; Acupressure uses fingers.
Acupuncture punctures the skin into the human body. It has larger amount of stimulation. Acupressure does not puncture into the human body. It has smaller amount of stimulation, but good for someone who is afraid of needles.
Both stimulate acupoints, treat diseases and have similar result, one stronger, the other one much less.
The World Health Organization has recommendation for the use of acupuncture. You can get it from the internet.
Basically, every acupuncturist has different experiences. Nervous and muscle problems are the common reasons people go to acupuncture.
To give you some idea, for example, the problems I treated in the past few weeks were:
|Right arm numbness after single for a year||Frequent urination during night||Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder with related symptoms||Scalp and facial pain for 8 months after single|
|vertigo||Finger tendonitis||Quit smoking||Tennis elbow|
|Pain after hip replacement||High blood pressure||Migraine headaches||Right thigh pain|
|Lower back pain||Knee arthritis||Hypothyroid||Dizziness|
|Fibromyalgia||Allergy||Weakness in legs||Cough|
|TMJ||Plantar fasciitis||Foot neuroma||Fatigue syndrome|
|Depression and Anxiety||Shoulder pain because bursitis||Facial muscle spasms||Rheumatoid arthritis|
|Limb tingling with diabetes||Help recover from bone broken||Upper back pain||Indigestions|
|Stenosis||Menopause problems||Sciatic||Bell’s palsy|
|Neck and shoulder stiffness because stress||Severe headaches because nerve damage after single||Tooth aches after injure nerve damage||Gallbladder area pain may be gallbladder stone|
|Insomnia||Sinus problems||Loss of smell||Disc herniation|
|Help recover from sever accident and brain damage||Perinea pain after Hysterectomy||Hip pain wait for hip replacement||Lower abdominal and groin pain|
|Degenerative disc||Boost up libido||Night sweat||Incontinence|
|Drop foot||Mouth taste bitter||Carpal tunnel syndrome||Constipation|
Some people come to an acupuncture clinic with no problems, just for relax, wellness, maintenance, boost up body energy etc.
The answer is: “yes and no”.
Like WHO says, some dermatological problems may get help from acupuncture, for example, Acne, Eczema, but not 100% help.
Some people say it helps to reduce wrinkles and boost up facial rejuvenation, and other people say it does not help too much.
If you have chronic or severe problems, you may need once a day, every other day, or twice a week for 5 weeks, or may be once a week, or maybe you just go to acupuncture when you need it.
If you don’t feel good, cannot relax, feel nervous during acupuncture treatment, maybe you are not a good candidate for acupuncture.
If you have no other problems, just for maintenance, wellness, boost up body energy, or relaxation, you just do it whenever you think you need it.