FAQ about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions
About Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Oriental Medicine is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical tradition of over 3,000 years. It includes acupuncture and herbal treatment as well as massage, dietary therapy, meditation and exercise. These therapies work with all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Non-needle treatment is possible.

2. How does it work?
Oriental medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized the 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, the ancient physicians discovered a system of cyclic energy flowing in the human body along specific pathways, each relating to an organ system.

Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of vital energy in the energetic pathways and their associate organ systems. The pathways or meridians of energy communicate to the surface of the body at specific locations called acupuncture points. Each point will have different effects upon the vital energy passing through it.
Traditional Oriental Medicine has also developed methods of diagnosis by examination of the tongue and pulse. Findings from these modalities are combined with other signs and symptoms to create a whole picture. From this a treatment plan can be formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.

3. What can I expect if treated?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and herbs; however, some conditions which have arisen over a couple of years will only be relieved with steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment.

4. Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is safe, effective and has virtually no side effects. It uses the body’s own natural healing processes to effect relief. It works on many health problems for which Western medicine is less effective. It puts people back in control of their own bodies and health care. It treats the whole person, not just the disease.


In the hands of a licensed accupuncturist, your safety is assured. The needles are available in pre-sterilzed, disposable form so that the risk of transmittable diseases is elimated.

5. Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of getting an injection since the main source of pain from injections is the
larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles by contrast are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a thick hair. In most cases insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatments. In some cases it is not necessary to use needles at all.

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