Traditional Acupuncture is a healing art and science, which teaches how to see the entire human being in body/mind and spirit, how to recognize the process of health and illness, and how to go about the restoration of lost health in an individual. The main difference between Western Medicine and Oriental Medicine is the basic theory of the Chinese that there is a Life Force called Chi Energy, and that this Life Force flows within us in a harmonious balanced way. This harmony and balance is what we call health. If the Life Force is not flowing properly, then there is disharmony and imbalance. This is illness.
The usual way that we know we are ill is via a symptom which acts as a signal of distress. This signal tells us something is wrong. We may feel the distress as a migraine headache, an ulcer, a period of depression, arthritis, insomnia, or any other complaint. From the Chinese point of view, these symptoms point to trouble somewhere in the flow of the Chi Energy. We could say that the symptom is the trouble itself and so try to eliminate it, but from the perspective of Five Element Acupuncture, this would be like covering up a flashing generator light in your car when all it is doing is indicating trouble. Disguising the symptom does not dispel the problem.
TheAll thinking, feeling and acting are done in accordance with nature. The closeness and importance of nature to us all is easily understood. Just as nature all around us is going through its natural process of change, we instinctively know that the nature inside us follows these same patterns, that intuitively human beings go through the cycle of the seasons within ourselves, that the elements are recreated in us. We are the seasons. We are the elements. Nature is without and within us. Acupuncture treatment restores order and balance to the Chi Energy enabling it to flow clearly without obstruction, so that the Body/Mind and Spirit can heal itself. Traditional Five Element Acupuncture treats the person, not the disease.
What are the Needles like? Do they hurt?
ThePeople experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is much different from and less painful than injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.
TheBecause your doctor carefully sterilizes the needles using the same techniques as for surgical instruments, or uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments. At Sedona Centre we use very fine disposable needles.
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
TheDefinately. For over 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union and Europe. It is now the fastest growing method of alternative care. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your physician-acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.
Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
TheNo. Acupuncture is used successfully on children, cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude ("I don't know if I really believe in this.") will not block the treatment results.
Are there any "DO'S AND DONT'S" on the day of treatment?
TheYes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important: Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment. Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment. Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits. Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments. Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem.
>Is Acupuncture covered by health insurance?
TheSome insurance companies currently cover acupuncture costs, other companies do not yet recognize the value of acupuncture. Each health policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits.
TheThe AAMA is working to inform insurance companies and the public in order to standardize payment practices and accessibility to this type of treatment. You can help by insisting that your insurance company offer you reimbursement for medically indicated acupuncture treatments before you accept their policy.