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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine - F.A.Q

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Chinese medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over three thousand years. Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology, bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on Chinese medicine principles. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.

How does it work?

Chinese medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms. They call this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows in pathways, or meridians. Each meridian is associated with particular physiological system and organ. Disease is considered to arise due to an imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has an effect on the vital energy running through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus confirming the meridians that were mapped out by the ancient Chinese.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a Chinese pattern differentiation. A treatment plan is then constructed to re-establish balance and optimal health.

What can I expect?

Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Chinese medicine. However, some conditions that have that have been long-standing will be relieved only with slow and steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patients attitude, diet and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Clients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process and will be given many recommendations. Although Chinese medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Chinese medicine can be a wonderful compliment to Western medicine.

Is Acupuncture safe?

In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and immediately disposed of after each treatment. Ciel Walko, L.Ac., CTN is NC state licensed and nationally certified, and follows all health and safety requirements.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatment. In some cases manual Tui-Na therapy, cupping, moxibustion or aromatherapy is performed before and/or after the insertion of the acupuncture needles. This not only is quite enjoyable and soothing for the patient, it also enhances the effects of the acupuncture points that are used.

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