What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old system of complementary medicine, that originated in China, and involves inserting hair-thin sterile disposable needles into the skin at certain points to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental and emotional conditions.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
It is based on the theory that acupuncture can stimulate the body's energy (called "Qi") which flows through invisible channels and internal organs, to bring balance and treat illness due to imbalances. Pain is thought to be caused by blocked energy in the channels. Inserting needles in these channels is thought to open the channels and help move the energy, to treat the pain.
Some conditions (for example: fatigue, poor digestion, insomnia) can be due to weakness of the body's Qi; so, the acupuncture treatment would be focused on needling points to strengthen the Qi and promote wellness. Some acupuncture points are known to produce relaxation, helpful for treating stress and emotional imbalances (for example: anxiety, depression).
How Often Does One Need Acupuncture Treatment?
Acupuncture is most effective with regular treatments ranging from daily, weekly or monthly. How often you need treatment depends on the severity of the condition and how long you have had the condition, with chronic conditions generally needing longer treatment course.
Here are some treatment guidelines we use to decide your treatment plan:
High pain 10/10: acupuncture daily until a change occurs
High pain 7-10/10: acupuncture 3X/week; reevaluate after 2-3 weeks
Moderate pain 5-7/10: acupuncture 2X/week; reevaluate after 2-3 weeks
Low or chronic pain <5/10: 1X/week; reevaluate after 6 weeks
Mild chronic condition (3-12 months duration): 1X/week; reevaluate after 8-10 weeks
Very chronic condition (years duration): 2-3X/week; reevaluate in 7-10 weeks
Generally, you will know if acupuncture is helping your condition within the first 6 to 8 treatments. The doctor will recommend a treatment plan for you on the first visit, based on your condition and medical history. As your condition improves, the treatment plan can change to more spaced out treatments. It is the clinic's mission to provide the treatments at low-cost with the sliding scale so you can afford to get better.