903 S. Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX 77546
(281) 612-2116

Acupuncture FAQ

What is acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine?

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique involving the insertion of needles into specific points in the body in order to prevent or treat a variety of disorders, through the mechanisms of improving self function and promoting natural healing.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), compared to the conventional Western medicine, is a distinct culture-related medical system. The foundation of TCM theory is the concept of yin and yang – anything in the universe (including human body) is defined as two opposing aspects. When yin and yang are in balance, the body is optimally healthy. If yin and yang are out of balance, the body will be disordered. Acupuncture is one of major component of TCM. Other therapies and techniques in TCM include Chinese Herbology, Zhenggu (bone setting and joint manipulation), Tuina (Chinese massage and acupressure), Qigong (breath exercises and meditation) and Taichi, etc.

 

Does acupuncture hurt?

A skillful acupuncturist is capable of performing acupuncture treatment painlessly. Acupuncture needles are so thin that 5-10 of them can fit inside the shaft of one hypodermic needle, while they are not hollow with cutting edges. The tip of acupuncture needles is specially made, round and smooth like a pine needle, to minimize the tissue damage during treatment, which is essential to stimulate your body systems. You may feel a pinch or sting, followed by some pressure, burning or tingling sensation. Most patients said it doesn’t hurt at all!

 

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Use of disposable needles completely eliminates chances of transmission of infectious diseases through needles. Acupuncturist has passed national Clean Needle Technique examination before being certified by National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the state board. For a list of licensed acupuncturists in your area, contact NCCAOM or find on line at acupuncture.com.

 

What acupuncture can treat?

Acupuncture and TCM are extremely successful in the treatment of a variety of disorders, especially to some complex and intractable conditions which conventional Western medicine lacks of treatment option. Acupuncture can act as a standalone treatment or as an adjunct to other medical treatment forms. Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine with a few times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment.

 

Our specialties on the disorders treated with acupuncture (including Chinese herbs) focus on:

  • Pain related conditions, such as neck, shoulder, back and knee pain, arthritis, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica…
  • Allergies, sinusitis, sore throat, common cold and flu…
  • PMS, cramp, menopause, dysmenorrhea…
  • Stress from work and family, anxiety, depression, insomnia…
  • Nausea and Vomiting of any causes, dysphagia, IBS…
  • Sprain and Strain, stroke, Bell’s palsy, neuralgia, tendonitis…
  • Addiction, weight loss…
  • High blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterols…

 

How many treatments would be needed?

It varies depending on severity of diseases, conditions of individuals and responses to treatments. Generally, chronic or severe problems require one or two treatments per week for several months, whereas acute problems require less time and frequency of treatments. But a positive response to acupuncture treatment is generally present after the first to fourth treatment. For “Wellness Care”, as few as four times per year may be necessary. Like other healthcare treatment plans, each acupuncture visit builds upon the treatment before, so following a treatment plan is important to a successful outcome.

 

How long does each acupuncture treatment take?

Prior to receiving care, each patient undergoes a thorough history and examination to ensure that acupuncture is warranted. Thereafter, each treatment takes about half an hour. and needles are retained in the body for 10-30 minutes. In some cases, patients are instructed to move their body with needles in to reinforce Qi sensation and achieve maximal results.

 

How does acupuncture work?

According to the theory of Chinese medicine, the human body is considered as a dynamic organism composed of internal and external organs, connected with channels called meridians.  Through these meridians, qi, the vital energy, is flowing constantly all over the body to support and nourish the organs. Yin and yang balance is adjusted by the flow of qi. A health body required free flow of qi, whereas disorders occur when meridians are blocked, and free flow of qi is stopped. Acupuncture is able to unblock the meridians, free the flow of qi, restore the balance, and consequently treat the disorders.

A considerable amount of scientific research was conducted to explore mechanisms of acupuncture on physiology and pathophysiology of human body. For instance, acupuncture stimulates endorphin release to relieve pain; acupuncture regulates serotonin in the brain to treat emotional disorders; acupuncture improves blood circulation, decreases inflammation, and increases T-cell count to stimulate immune system. Therefore, acupuncture is now being more and more accepted by practitioners and patients worldwide, including United States.

 

How much does an acupuncture treatment cost?

Our staff will discuss with you about how much acupuncture treatment costs. The initial session, including history taking and examination, is usually longer and more comprehensive and costs more.  It is common that treatments for chronic diseases which require a commitment to multiple appointments.

Many insurance companies now start to offer policies that cover acupuncture and related services performed by an acupuncturist. The cost of acupuncture and prescribed herbal medicine are also deductible medical expenses.

 

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