How does it work? The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called ‘meridians’. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Traditional Oriental medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medicine diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
How deep do the needles go? That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist’s style. Usually, needles are inserted from 1/8 to 1 inch depth.
Does it hurt? Most of the time insertion of acupuncture needles is fairly painless. Sometimes the patient may experience heaviness, distention, tingling or an electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian (energy pathway). Once in awhile you may experience discomfort, but it is usually mild.
Is it safe? In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and most practitioners are required to use disposable, one time use needles.
What can I expect after treatment? You may note a spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites and/or a small bruise could develop. These are not harmful, but please talk to your practitioner if you are concerned.
People often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.
It is likely that you have questions that are unique to your condition. Please contact Dr. Rogers and she will be happy to discuss any further concerns you may have.