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 What is Acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture is a complete holistic medical modality used to treat, diagnose and prevent disease by modifying the energy system (neuro –endocrine-immuno system) within the body to improve health. The neural mechanisms of Acupuncture are being more understood with accumulating studies done by fMRI to reveal brain responses done by inserting tiny needles at specific points on the body to reduce neuropathic pain and stimulation of neurotransmitter activity.


  What conditions are treatable by Acupuncture?

  • In 2003 World Health Organization published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture. More than one hundred indications were discussed and divided into four groups concerning the strength of existing evidence. This includes adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.


  Is Acupuncture painful?

  • Acupuncture needles are not like the medical hypodermic needles which are stiff, thick and hollow for forcing liquid into a patient’s skin on the contrary Acupuncture needles are fine, slender and similar to the diameter of human hair. When new patients receive an acupuncture treatment for the first time they will often have a variety of sensations such as tingling, pulsating, a dull ache, pinch or nothing at all.


  Are Acupuncture needles sterile and safe?

  • All Acupuncture needles are Sterile, single use, surgical-grade stainless steel. After each use needles are disposed in a medical sharps container.


  How is Acupuncture administered? 

  • The Acupuncture method most well-known uses needles. Disposable, stainless steel needles that are slightly thicker than a human hair are inserted into the skin at acupoints. The Acupuncture practitioner determines the correct acupoints to use for the problem being treated. The inserted needles may be twirled, moved up and down at different speeds and depths, heated or charged with a weak electric current. There are other acupuncture methods that do not use needles.


  How long does each Acupuncture treatment take?

  • The initial evaluation includes an extensive interview that will take an hour and a half to two hours. After diagnosis and needling are completed, each follow-up treatment will usually take 45 to 60 minutes.


  How many Acupuncture treatments will I need and how often?

  • Some will respond to Acupuncture better than others. Typically the frequency of treatments will relate to the patient’s condition. The course of treatment will generally be longer if the patient has had the condition for an extended period of time. Once the symptoms have improved we can reduce the number of visits required. Each case is individualized and unique to the patient.


  Are there any side effects to Acupuncture? What will I feel like after treatment?

  • Possible side effects after Acupuncture might be minor bleeding, soreness or bruising at the needle site, muscle twitching, and emotional release. After treatment patients report feeling more relaxed, calm, and lower blood pressure. Acupuncture has very few side effects, if any occur they are typically mild and self-correcting.


  Is Acupuncture practiced in American Medical Institutions?

  • Acupuncture is currently offered at the Mayo clinic, Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine, Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and US Armed Forces known as Battlefield Acupuncture. Research into this method has shown to provide simple, easy to apply, non-pharmaceutical solution for the Military’s pain-management needs in the clinical, and battlefield settings. In cases of PTSD, Acupuncture can help regulate the parasympathetic (rest/healing/calming) and sympathetic (flight/fight/stress) branches of the autonomic nervous system to correct imbalances related to pain.


  Can herbal treatment be an independent treatment for certain diseases?

  • Yes, Chinese herbal formula contains four classes of ingredients in hierarchical order, a chief (principal ingredient, specific illness); a deputy (reinforce the chief’s action or to treat coexisting condition); an assistant (counteract side effects of the first two ingredients); and an envoy (harmonizes all ingredients and conveys to the organs of the body they treat). Here at Precision Acupuncture Clinic we provide only the highest quality herbs that are safe and effective “from seed to shelf”. Herbal treatment provides a root-level intervention rather than covering up symptoms. You will see fewer side effects and the actual cause of disease treated versus suppressing the symptoms. Each herbal formula can be specifically tailored to fit individuals more closely.


  What’s the difference with utilizing Chinese herbs vs. manufactured drugs?

  • Over fifty years of experience with combining herbal medicine with pharmaceuticals in China has shown that the latter is very effective for acute and emergency type situations, while Chinese herbs are more effective for chronic conditions that require long term treatment. Chinese herbs and manufactured drugs can be used safely and effectively in conjunction with each other. Research has confirmed its effectiveness for managing moderate to severe fatigue in cases of cancer survivors with herbal formulas.


  Does insurance cover Acupuncture treatments?

  • Some insurance companies are starting to recognize Acupuncture, here at Precision Acupuncture Clinic you will receive a Super Bill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Check with your insurance provider to see if Acupuncture is covered under your plan.


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