Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting very fine needs and applying heat and/or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
Medical Acupuncture is a term used to describe Acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine, who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use a combination of both approaches as the need arises, to treat illness.
Mostly ignorance and a resistance to change. Today,
acupuncture is widely practiced in Asia, the former Soviet Union, and in
Europe. It has recently become more popular in the USA. On the West
Coast, especially, the success of Acupuncture is spreading rapidly.
In general, one or two treatments per week may be recommended for complex or long-standing conditions. For acute problems, fewer visits are necessary and for health maintenance, four sessions a year may be adequate.
Only minimally, if at all, in most cases using "classical" acupuncture. Many Americans have unfortunately put off pursuing Acupuncture because they fear it would be like their experience with hypodermic needles. Acupuncture needles however have a smooth point and aren't hollow, so they don't have a cutting edge. They are also very thin, so patients feel almost no pain as they are inserted, not much different from when we are "bit" by mosquitos. Once in place, there is no real pain felt. When combined with Heat and/or Electical Stimulation, patients often report a very satisfying sensation. The more successful the treatment, the greater the sensation. These patients are anxious to return for further treatments.
not. As energy is redirected , internal chemicals and hormones are
stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original
symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite,
sleep, bowel or urination pattern, or emotional state may be triggered.
These shouldn't cause concern, as they are simply indications that the
acupuncture is starting to work.
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. However, a positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects. A neutral attitude will not block treatment results.