Questions and Answers

  1. What conditions can acupuncture treat?

  2. Is acupuncture painful?

  3. How deep do the needles go?

  4. How long will the needles be in place?

  5. Is acupuncture safe?

  6. What are the main objectives of treatment?

  7. How long does a treatment last?

  8. How many treatments are necessary and how often?

  9. What can I expect from an acupuncture treatment?

  10. Is my privacy protected?

  11. What do the initials after an acupuncturist's name stand for?

  12. What is Chinese medicine?

  13. What is acupuncture?

  14. How does acupuncture work?

Q: What conditions can acupuncture treat?

A: Acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine are recognized by the World Health Organization for treating over 200 commonly encountered clinical disorders . Among these are the following.

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcers, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.

  • Urogenital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.

  • Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

  • Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis.

  • Disorders of the BonesMuscles, Joints and Nervous System, such as arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness, and low back, neck, and shoulder pain.

  • Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia.

  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety.

  • Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs.

  • Many Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.

  • Supportive Therapy for many other Chronic and Painful Debilitating Disorders.

  • Stress Reduction

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Q: Is acupuncture painful?

A: Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection. The main sources of pain from an injection are the large hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a thick hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatments.

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Q: How deep do the needles go?

A: Needles may be inserted from one quarter of an inch to one inch below the skin surface. Many factors determine the depth of the needles insertion, such as. the location of the acupuncture point on the body, the condition being treated, the patient's size, age and constitution.

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Q: How long will the needles be in place?

A: It depends on the patient’s physical condition and the treatment plan. Usually needles are inserted for about twenty to thirty minutes at a time.

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Q: Is acupuncture safe?

A: In the hands of a licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Dr. Xiapin Song uses only sterilized, disposable needles.

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Q: What are the main objectives of treatment?

A: There are three main objectives.

  • Relieve pain and other symptoms.

  • Strengthen the immune system.

  • Restore balance and maintain harmony of the body, mentally and physically.

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Q: How long does a treatment last?

A: The first appointment will take 60 to 90 minutes and each visit thereafter will take 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition and the treatment plan.

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Q: How many treatments are necessary and how often?

A: Many factors determine the number and frequency of acupuncture treatments, such as the patient’s health problems, and his or her response to treatments. Some conditions may be alleviated quickly after one or two acupuncture treatments. Most chronic ailments require six to eight treatments. In general, acute conditions require fewer treatments than chronic conditions.

Initially, one to two treatments per week may be required. As the patient progresses, the frequency of treatment may be reduced to twice per month or once per month.

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Q: What can I expect from an acupuncture treatment?

A: Each acupuncture visit starts with a brief conversation relating to the patient’s condition. The patient will then receive an examination, including tongue and pulse. After the consultation, the patient will receive acupuncture treatment. Depending on his or her condition, in addition to acupuncture, a variety of other techniques may be used.

  • Acupressure: The pressure applied to the acupoints to promote blood and Qi movement.

  • Electro-acupuncture: The use of gentel, small electrical currents through the needles.

  • Moxibustion: The burning of a Chinese herb called mugwort above the skin to apply heat to an acupoint or area of the body to inhance the effectiveness.

  • Cupping: The use of glass cups or bamboo cups that form a suction on the surface of the body to promote blood flow to the affected area.

Generally, the patient should feel better and with more treatments, he or she should see a consistent decrease in pain or discomfort.

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Q: Is my privacy protected?

A: As a patient, your privacy is protected by the HIPAA Compliance. When the patient first arrives at our clinic, the privacy policy statement will be provided.

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Q: What do the initials after an acupuncturist's name stand for?

A: Acupuncturists may have different initials depending on where they studied, what type of program they studied in, and the licensing state.
These are some examples of initials and their meanings:

  • Ac.D. - Acupuncture Doctor (Canada)

  • C.A. - Certified Acupuncturist

  • L.Ac. - Licensed Acupuncturist

  • M.Ac. - Masters in Acupuncture

  • M.S.A. - Masters of Science in Acupuncture

  • M.S.A.O.M. - Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

  • O.M.D. - Oriental Medicine Doctor (China)

  • EAMP – Eastern Asian Medical practitioner

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Q: What is Chinese medicine?

A: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical tradition of over 2000 years. It includes acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment as well as massage, dietary therapy, meditation and exercise. These therapies work with the natural vital energies inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture plays a major role in TCM.

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Q: What is acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into the body at specific points. These points have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The Chinese ancient scholars have mapped these points over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. The stimulation helps to restore balance and the smooth flow of Qi (pronounced “Chee”) so all parts of the body can work together in harmony as intended by nature . This harmony allows the body to repair itself and maintain health.

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Q: How does acupuncture work?

A: Vital energy, Qi (pronounced “Chee”) flows through the body along the pathways known as channels or meridians. The meridians of energy communicate with the surface of the body at specific locations called acupuncture points. Diseases are due to imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi in these meridians. Acupuncture regulates the vital energy flow by balancing or unblocking these meridians. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these acupuncture points.

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