What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world and is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. It has evolved into a medical system that can diagnose, treat and prevent illness. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically, involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. This process suggests that the body's vital energy (Chi or Qi ) circulates through channels. These channels are sometimes blocked and acupuncture can help release these blocked channels and allow the energy to flow more freely.

What will my acupuncturist do? During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from 30 to 90 minutes.

How many treatments will I need? The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to be resolved than acute ones.  Acupuncturist may suggest you one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal "tune ups".

What should I expect during treatment? Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the "Qi sensation". All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

How safe is acupuncture? Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and will-being.

How does acupunture work for infertility? Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can increase blood flow to promote both male and female reproductive functions; regulate menstrual cycle; reduce uterine contractions that may inferfere with implantation and cause miscarriage; improve the quality of the eggs and quality of sperm. Boost the combination of the sperm and egg and balance the homones regulating the nervous and endocrine systems.

Why can acupuncture change your face? Acupuncrure face lift is also called acupuncture facial rejuvenation. It consists of inserting tiny needles on the face to accomplish the following goats: increasing circulation by increasing the flow of energy, blood and lymph; promoting production of collagen and increasing muscle tone and elasticity; stimulating the formation of body fluids; improving physical, emotional and spiritual health, by reducing stress and improving overall health and well-being.

What is Gua Sha? Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of traditional medicine, in both the clinic setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a roundedged instrument, that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called "Sha" that will fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting mormal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffiness, fever, chill, cough, nausea and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems and many other acute or chronic disorders.



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