Understanding Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

acupuncture.jpgWe would like to answer your questions about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here are explanations to the some commonly asked questions. You are always welcome to ask our doctors questions about your own condition.

In order to have better understanding and know more details about acupuncture, please read Dr. Ke Zang's article A Brief View of Acupuncture and Healthcare.

What is acupuncture? How does acupuncture work?

How do I choose an acupuncturist?

What can you treat with acupuncture?

How many treatments will I need?

Is acupuncture safe? Does it hurt?

What should I do before, during and after acupuncture treatment?

What is acupuncture? How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world originating in and practiced in China for thousands of years. It is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - a whole medical system also involving herbal medicine, nutrition, exercise (qi gong, tai ji) and tui na (Asian Bodywork) which simultaneously treats the symptoms as well as the root of the disease or disorder.   Acupuncture techniques include needling and adjunct skills such as gua sha, cupping, electronic stimulation, etc...

The theories and clinical approaches of acupuncture are very different from Western Medicine. However, it has been proven both clinically and scientifically that needling directly stimulates the nervous system to improve neuromuscular, vascular and organ/endocrine system function.

Chinese medicine explains this via meridians or channels which connect different parts of the body. Like the nervous system, meridians unify all parts of the body and move the life energy qi and blood as well as connect the interior of the body with the exterior. Disease results from the disruption or imbalance in the qi flow of the meridians. Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles at specific points along these meridians to remove blockages in the flow of qi and restore and maintain health.

How do I choose an acupuncturist?

There is difference about background, credentialing, philosophy between practitioners. It is important to find an acupuncturist who meets your need. Know your acupuncturist.

What can you treat with acupuncture?

ACI Clinic provides 100% natual holist health solutions for many medical conditions and health concerns. We view your body as a whole unit other than treating one single disease. You may check our website to see what conditions we treat. Also you always can consult our doctors and learn how we take care of your whole life. In our clinic, we accept all challenging cases.

How many treatments will I need?

In general, the longer you have suffered from your condition the more treatments you will require. An initial consultation is necessary to evaluate your body condition. Our doctors individually design treatment plans according to your body and needs.

Is acupuncture safe? Does it hurt?

Acupuncture is one of the safest treatment options available today. In our clinic, we use "Clean Needle Technique" which involves using a new set of hair-thin, sterile, disposable, non-toxic needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and swabbing the site of insertion with alcohol before inserting the needles greatly reducing any risk of infection to the patient.

Acupuncture is not painful; however, the insertion of the hair-fine needles may create a qi sensation often described as a feeling of heaviness or pressure. Some patients may experience stronger qi sensations than others. Also, we offer "needleless" acupuncture technique for patients who fear needles.

What should I do before, during and after acupuncture treatment?

It is advised not to receive acupuncture on an empty stomach, immediately after consuming a large meal, if very fatigued, or emotionally upset. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. During treatment it's best to relax and feel free to ask your practitioner any questions you may have. It is recommended to avoid heavy physical activity directly after receiving a treatment.

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Kirkland Whole Life Clinic

1313 Market Street Suite 3000
Kirkland, WA 98033

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