- More than 8 Million Americans have used Acupuncture – You can rest assured that you’re not alone in your desire to seek treatment using a very well respected form of healthcare.
- The NIH and World Health Organization have both given formal approval of certain uses of acupuncture. The World Health Organization lists over 90 conditions or diseases for which acupuncture has demonstrated a therapeutic effect during treatment.
- Growing numbers have sought out acupuncturists for chronic pain and health problems when conventional medicine either hasn’t worked nor has answers.
- Starting in 2007 guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and American College of Physicians suggest patients with chronic low back pain try acupuncture.
- Medical doctors refer their patients to acupuncturists more than any other “alternative” care provider
- 51% of medical doctors believe acupuncture to be efficacious and of value.
How safe is Acupuncture?
- Acupuncture is very safe. As with other forms of healthcare in the state of Pennsylvania, acupuncture practice and licensure is regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. The board requires licensed acupuncturists have completed at least 3 years of training at a Master’s level program and have passed national certification exams for acupuncture administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
- As part of their certification and licensure acupuncturists must take and pass an exam that covers medical safety issues pertinent to the field of acupuncture.
- All needles come from sterilized packages. The needles used for acupuncture are disposable and made for one time use.
- Acupuncturists are trained extensively in human anatomy and taught specific areas, angles and depths of insertion.
Are there any side effects to Acupuncture?
One advantage of choosing acupuncture is that, other than the possibility of bruising, there are rarely side effects.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
- Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a facial whisker, so they are virtually painless after the insertion is complete.
- After insertion, the practitioner will bring the needle to the appropriate depth. You will then usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling, to heaviness, to warmth, or nothing at all. Each person’s experience is different. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.
Where do the needles go?
This depends on the condition being treated. Acupuncture points are located over the entire body. In many cases, needles are placed on the extremities from the elbows down to the fingers, and from the knees down to the toes. Other common areas include the abdomen, back, and ears.
How often do I have to come?
- Treatments vary according to the condition being treated.
- Resolving chronic illness may require longer term treatment.
- Acute conditions may be resolved over a short period with frequent treatments.
- The treatment course will be determined during the first visit and reassessed during each followup visit.
How can I prepare for my session?
- Please eat a light meal and drink water one hour before your appointment. This will reduce the possibility of feeling weak or dizzy after the the session.
- It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the elbows, knees, abdomen and back are accessible.
- After the session please refrain from strenuous activity, consumption of alcoholic beverages, smoking, and greasy heavy meals for the rest of the day. This will allow the maximum effects of the treatment.
- It is important to drink water after the session, and throughout the rest of the day.
Can I receive Acupuncture if I am pregnant?
- Yes. There are acupuncture points contraindicated during pregnancy and the practitioner is trained to avoid these areas.
- It is important to inform your practitioner if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.