Acupuncture is just one part of a complete medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over 10,000 peer reviewed clinical studies have been done to verify the effectiveness of Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been recommended by Dr. Oz, Dr. Gupta, WebMD, and the Mayo Clinic. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body with very thin needles. Just as you connect a keyboard to a computer, acupuncture needles activate the nervous system in the body, and produces healing effects by stimulating natural body function. This is why acupuncture can effectively treat such a wide variety of symptoms with almost no side effects.
The acupuncturists at Orlando Acupuncture are experts in a different style of acupuncture. This method is over 2,500 years old and is derived from the I-Ching, one of the oldest books in the world. This method has several names such as: “I-Ching Acupuncture“, “The Balance Method,” or “Distal Needle Acupuncture (DNA)”. Regardless of the name, the effects are nothing less than miraculous.
The acupuncture points we most commonly use are located on the scalp and ears, from the elbows to the fingers, and from the knees to the toes. Consequently, the patient does not have to take off their clothes and the treatments are efficient, comfortable and extremely effective.
DNA Acupuncture often produces instantaneous results making it an invaluable treatment for pain. Distal Acupuncture also allows us far more acupuncture treatment options to handle even the most difficult cases, which may not respond to other types of treatment, or other styles of acupuncture.
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How does Acupuncture Work?
Western Medical Understanding of Acupuncture: Western Science confirms the effectiveness of acupuncture and how it works. The human body has 2 primary methods of controlling and regulating itself. These are the nervous system and the endocrine system. The brain, spine, and other nerves make up the nervous system, an electrical system similar to the wiring in a home or computer. The endocrine system is a system of chemical signals that uses hormones and neurotransmitters to send signals instead of electrical impulses. Both of these systems give the brain information about how the body is functioning. They also allow the brain to then control the rest of the body and do things like digest food, breathe, and move.
Various studies and tests (blood tests, MRI, etc.) indicate thatacupuncture stimulates these chemical and electrical controls of the body. This is how acupuncture is able to alleviate pain, balance the emotions (neurotransmitter levels), relax muscles, stimulate the immune system, etc. The most important effect of acupuncture it to increase blood circulation. It is this increase in blood flow that allows acupuncture to treat so many diverse conditions. Adequate blood flow means nutrients get delivered to all of the cells, organs, and tissues of the body. Blood flow also removes toxins and metabolic wastes from these cells and tissues.
Because acupuncture works with the body’s own control systems by balancing them rather than artificially altering their function or adding a pharmaceutical agent, the body is actually improved and balanced, and the healing is done by and in concert with the natural flow of human function.
Traditional Understanding of Acupuncture: Rather than identify the millions of individual chemicals and thousands of nerve connections and pathways, Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the body as one unit. The body functions are carried out by Qi (functional activity of the body), and Blood (including all body fluids). The Qi and Blood nourish and fill the organs, bones, and muscles. All of the bodies functions are understood in terms of 12 organ systems and their meridians. Each of these 12 include not only a specific organ but also particular body functions, emotions, and physical regions of the body as well. For example the Lung system includes the Lung organ, the sense of smell, the emotion of grief, the skin in general, and its physical region is a portion of the inner arm beginning near the nipple and extending along the arm to the thumb. These 12 systems or meridians have numerous specific interconnections and relationships that define the function and health of the human body. It is the understanding of these 12 systems and their interrelationships that forms the theoretical basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
When treating the meridians with acupuncture, pain and other dysfunctions are balanced and eliminated. Because the meridians are electrical channels, the acupuncture needles act as conductors, they stimulate the nervous and immune systems, and increase blood flow. This in turn balances and improves the body’s overall function and health.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
The experience of Acupuncture is totally unique and very relaxing. During the initial consultation, the practitioner takes a comprehensive history of health and illness. This provides insight into the overall state of the body, not just a particular symptom. The practitioner asks questions, takes your pulse, examines your tongue.
Once we have the diagnosis, the patient lies down on one of our comfortable beds, needles are inserted, and you rest with the needles in for 20- 45 minutes. Sometimes heat or electrostimulationis applied while you are resting. The initial visit usually lasts about 2 hours including the treatment. Subsequent visits usually last about 1 hour.
It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees are accessible. It is also best not to eat a heavy meal or engage in strenuous activity just before or after your treatment. It is important, however, that you have eaten something the day of your treatment so that your body has nutrients to work with.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. Prior to their first treatment, many people do not know that acupuncture can be painless. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation. People often report that they feel some warmth, pressure, or dull aching and that the feeling is unfamiliar but relaxing, or they feel nothing at all.
Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid, and nothing is injected through them. So they have very little in common with the “monster needles” most people remember from their childhood. All of the needles we use are sterilized and disposable.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can treat many symptoms and conditions. Chinese Medicine is especially effective in treating physical symptoms that are related to the tension and stress of modern life. Both the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health recognize Chinese Medicine to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including:
Orthopedic (Pain) Symptoms: Neck pain, Back pain, Shoulder pain, knee pain, tendonitis, arthritis, auto accident injury, foot pain including plantar fasciitis, and fibromyalgia.
Neurological Symptoms: Headaches, sciatica, numbness, muscle weakness, Bell’s Palsy, tremors, paralysis, and seizures.
Respiratory, and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders: Common cold, flu, asthma, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, Allergies, TMJ, vertigo, ear ringing, and recurrent respiratory infections.
Psychiatric / Emotional Symptoms: Insomnia, anxiety, depression, tension, stress, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADD, or ADHD.
Digestive Symptoms: Stomach or abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, anemia, fatigue, and acid reflux.
What other Treatments besides Acupuncture are available?
Please see our Traditional Chinese Medicine page.
How Many Sessions will I need?
The number of treatments needed to achieve your health goals varies significantly person to person. Several factors, including the severity of the problem and how long it has been there, are part of what determines how many treatments a specific symptom or condition will need. At your consultation appointment our clinic director will meet with you and determine if you are a candidate for our care. We will recommend the therapies that will give you the best result. We will also let you know your prognosis, that is, when to expect to see improvement as well as how much improvement to expect. Although many patients do see a temporary improvement immediately during the very first session, this is not always the case. A “standard” or minimum course of acupuncture in China is approximately 7 treatments.
How often do I have to come?
The frequency of treatments needed to fix your problem can only be determined after we evaluate and treat you. In most cases we begin with 2 to 3 treatments per week for the first 2 weeks. After we see your rate of response we adjust the frequency according to each individual case.
Where do the needles go?
In our clinic we most often use “The Balance Method” of acupuncture. This means that most often, The acupuncture points used are on the scalp and ears, from the elbows to the fingers, and from the knees to the toes. Consequently, the patient rarely has to take off any clothing, and the treatments are efficient, comfortable and extremely effective. Sometimes we do treat other areas of the body including the abdomen, neck, and back, depending on your condition.
How Safe is Acupuncture?
The Safety record of Acupuncture is outstanding with minor adverse events (usually local bruising) being reported in about 0.1% (1 in 1000) treatments.
Are the needles sterile?
Every needle used in our clinics is a sterile, single use needle. Each needle is used one time. After they are removed, the needles are immediately placed in a biohazard container.
Are there any side effects from Acupuncture?
There are no common side effects other than an occasional bruise.. Some people feel really energized after a treatment, while others feel relaxed. The needles are so thin that even if they were placed right at an artery or vein, they would most often go around them without injury.
Is Acupuncture Tax Deductable?
The short answer is Yes! So keep track of your treatments. The costs of acupuncture and prescribed herbal medicine are indeed deductible as a medical expense. For More information read this article.
IMPORTANT! We are a health care company, not accountants, please consult your Accountant if you need additional information about this topic.
What are the acupoints?
The acupoints are specific points on the body that are sensitive to stimulation with an acupuncture needle, manual pressure, or other means such as heat or laser therapy.
What are the meridians?
The meridians are simply areas or regions of the body. There are 12 major meridians in the body and several “extra” meridians. This system helps us to identify which acupoints will be most effective for a given symptom or condition.