Facts on Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly practiced medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture became better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. Acupuncture is used in every Chinese Hospital as a treatment modality and is practiced commonly around the world. Today, millions are turning to Acupuncture in the United States as its benefits become more well known.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are single use, sterile, solid, and hair-thin. Most people feel no pain or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. It is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitione with the title L.Ac.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist registered with NCCAOM; The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
How do I find a Board Certified Practitioner?
NCCAOM requires the highest standard of training and by far the highest accumulation of hours in training; usually 4 -6 years of Graduate study. Other practitioners including Naturopaths, Western Physicians, and Chiropractors have significantly less training than those who have studied at a Traditional Chinese Medical School. More importantly, treatments can suffer in effectiveness without the years of study in the foundations of Chinese Medical Theory. To find a licensed acupuncturist in your area visit http://www.nccaom.org/find/index.html.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is one of the key components in the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. In the system of TCM, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: Yin and Yang. In the body, Yin represents coldness, slowness, blood and other body fluids such as lymph. Yang represents the heat, energy, hormones and the more active principle in the body. In TCM, health is obtained by maintaining a balanced state in the body. Disease is considered to be an imbalance. This imbalance can lead to blockage in the flow of Qi or vital energy along pathways known as Meridians. There are 12 main Meridians and 8 secondary Meridians with over 2000 acupuncture points on the human body. Acupuncture accesses these Meridians and creates a healing response in the body.