Frequently asked questions about acupuncture
How does acupuncture work?
It’s science! Chinese science; 2000 years of it.
It has its own logical and constructs. It is rigorous from within its own frame. It does not even come close to resembling Western science. And unless you have been schooled in it, it will not make much sense at all; just like chemical engineering is goobledegook to most of us. This is not to say that the average person can not understand it.
Rather than re-invent the wheel, or plagiarize someone else’s excellent work, to get more specific details simply go to any other acupuncturist’s website. Almost everyone has Chinese Medicine 101 on their website. (We particularly like this one, and that one). We would also be delighted to recommend some good books written for laypeople, or even entry level school texts for those who have an inclination toward detail.
Want to really know more?
Get under the hood and tinker around with it, get a command line access to the system? You could go to school, or spend some time in China where the concept of qi is not a concept, but a tangible and useable force.
Want to use it improve your health, or get rid of a lingering concern? Then seek out the experience and skill of those practitioners who are driven to understand this stuff, and let them help you. Use us just like you would use the services of a trusted mechanic, dentist, or business consultant.
How do we know acupuncture works?
The proof, as one of my teachers always like to say, is firmly in the pudding. By all means don’t take my word for it. Or, your friend’s, wife’s, cousin’s or even your mother’s word for it either. Try it yourself.
Take some annoying problem to your local acupuncturist, take it there 4-6 times, if it is around that long, and see how you feel afterwards. Make up your own mind!
How often should I come for acupuncture?
It is common in the West to come once a week for acupuncture, sometimes twice or three times a week for certain kinds of acute problems such as Bell’s Palsy, acute digestive disorders, or physical trauma.
In China, however, acupuncture is practiced in such a way that a patient will come in everyday, or every other day for 7-10 days. This is considered one course of treatment. Treatment of this kind can often help a patient to make rapid and lasting progress with particular health issues. Due to cultural and financial differences, this kind of treatment schedule is generally not followed in the West. To help the effect of treatments to carry forward, we often prescribe herbs in West; this helps the body to both promote wellness and treat illness.
What can I expect to happen in an acupuncture treatment?
It is much more than just about the pins. We start with a comprehensive interview, which allows us to get to know you as a person. The pulse and tongue are examined, and there is also light palpatory examination of the meridians and abdomen. Needles are carefully placed in strategic acupuncture points based on the findings of the various examinations.
Most people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing and profoundly restful.