1. What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the keystones of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 5,000 year old approach to medicine which is as valid today as it was five millennium ago. The oldest medical text book in the world, 4,700 years old, describes acupuncture and the theory behind it.
Those who specialize in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are usually referred to as "licensed acupuncturists", or L.Ac.'s. The abbreviation "Dipl. Ac." stands for "Diplomate of Acupuncture" and signifies that the holder is board-certified by the NCCAOM. Twenty-three states require certification, according to that body.
2. Is acupuncture safe?
Because acupuncture needles penetrate the skin, many forms of acupuncture are invasive procedures, and therefore not without risk. Injuries are rare among patients treated by trained practitioners in some countries. Sometimes, needles are required by law to be sterile, disposable and used only once.
A poll of American doctors in 2005 showed that 59% believe acupuncture was at least somewhat effective for treatment of pain. In 1996, the United States Food and Drug Administration changed the status of acupuncture needles from Class III to Class II medical devices, meaning that needles are regarded as safe and effective when used appropriately by licensed practitioners.
3. What is Chinese Herbal medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been developing over 5,000 years. The underlying principles of TCM relate to balancing any disturbances in the individual's flow of energy throughout the body. This energy flow, or Qi (pronounced "chee"), as it is called in Chinese, controls the mental and physical health of the individual.
4. Will acupuncture hurt?
Unlike needles used to give injections, acupuncture needles are extremely fine, approximately the diameter of a single human hair and are designed to enter the skin with the least resistance. For your protection, Cassandra uses only single-use, sterile, disposable needles.
Acupuncture treatments involve little or no pain, and are usually quite relaxing. You can expect to feel a light tingling, a feeling of heaviness, warmth, or numbness at the acupuncture site.
5. What can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?
In 2002, The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations identified over 40 medical conditions effectively treated with acupuncture, which include:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Bed Wetting (Enuresis)
Blood Pressure – High or Low
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
6. What will happen during the first visit?
We have several health history forms for you to complete prior to your initial visit. A first appointment lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours. We review your history and ask questions covering the major systems of the body in detail, including: energy level, sleep patterns, digestion and emotional well-being. During your clinical intake, we also feel your pulses and look at your tongue – two more Chinese medicine clinical tools that help us access your current situation.
Once you are given a Chinese medicine diagnosis your treatment begins. Acupuncture points are chosen based on your diagnosis and clinical findings. Every acupuncture point is indicated for certain treatments and has a specific function and every acupuncture treatment is aimed at resolving both your symptoms and the root cause of your illness or imbalance.