FAQ

What can I expect during an acu-session?

After a brief health history, the acupuncturist will gently place 5 – 7 needles in specific places which are  usually located below the elbows and the knees. The person getting acupuncture will almost always feel relaxed.

What is complementary or integrative healthcare?

Complementary healthcare complements all other forms of healthcare that someone may be receiving at the same time. For example, patients on chemo who seek acupuncture care to help mitigate the side-effects. Another example is someone taking drugs to control their pain, but they are also incorporating acupuncture in an effort to make an eventual transition to a drug-free method. Integrative healthcare can be looked at as a more collaborative approach such as when physicians from many different disciplines work closely together to formulate a treatment plan.

Tell me more about acupuncture.

It’s a very big part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is one of the oldest, safest and dependable therapies in the world and is the longest, continuously practiced system of medicine today. The reason it has survived so long is because, “it works.”

It includes the use of thin and sterile single-use solid needles, constructed of medical grade stainless steel, placed on specific areas of the skin. The points are selected according to the issues present, (or are close to being present.)

There are no chemicals on the needles. The method of placement facilitates the body’s healing mechanisms and regulates the Autonomic Nervous System. This is referred to as homeostasis in Western Medicine.

Do they hurt?

99.9% of the needles will not cause any pain. If they do, it’s an easy fix. This is because the needles are so thin, ranging in diameter from 0.16 – 0.30 mm

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Do you have to believe in it for it to work?

No. Animals benefit from acupuncture every day and they don’t believe in anything necessarily. Though whatever we strongly believe in will always produce better results in my experience. This is probably due to all of the systems being in accord with each other (mind, body and soul.)

Do acupuncturists hold special religious beliefs?

Not at all. Acupuncture is not religion. People of all faiths are benefitted by acupuncture every day and acupuncturists of all faiths exist around the world.

Everyone has the same physiology. The only thing that is really different is the relative strength of the 5 vital organs to one another. This actually determines our individual constitution and is the essence of Eastern Medicine. It’s also why all foods, herbs, medications and medical treatments are not equally effective or beneficial to everyone. (It’s not one-size-fits-all.)

What is my constitution?

Your acupuncturist can help determine your constitution. It is revealed in the pulse, tendencies as well as certain physical attributes at times.

What’s the tongue’s significance in TCM?

Chinese Medicine teaches that the tongue reveals certain information about a person. The color, shape, coating, lack of coating, moisture level & location of certain characteristics provide direction in regards to formulating an effective treatment plan. This practice is thousands of years old.

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What do MD’s think about acupuncture?

Most medical doctors are not trained in TCM. Though as it gains popularity in the Western Hemisphere, collaboration will continue to become more common. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 51% of medical doctors understand the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative health care provider. This number should be much larger today.

What about herbs?

Chinese herbs are quite commonly used. Classic Formulas are often used to treat especially stubborn or chronic conditions. The Chinese pharmacopeia has > 1,800 herbs listed with demonstrated safety of thousands of years. They’re classified according to properties and functions and should be matched to specific constitutions.

Can herbs cause side effects?

Herbs are natural, but when they aren’t matched correctly to condition and person, they can definitely cause side effects. Aconite (Fu Zi) or Ginseng (Ren Shen) are some examples.

Who is the acupuncturist @mobileacula?

Peter Sadorian, L.Ac (license number 16527)