Acupuncture Associates Q & A

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston Wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea and other countries.

How widely is acupuncture used in the United States?

In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in1 997 staled that acupuncture is being "widely" practice-by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists and other practitioner-for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey-the largest and most comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative medicine: (CAM) use by American adults to date-an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults had ever used acupuncture, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous yew.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes. The U.S, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996, The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

How do I find a licensed acupuncture practitioner?

During your first office visit, the practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behavior that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.

What is the difference between Western medicine and Chinese medicine?

Western medicine intervenes only after crises arise, whereas Chinese medicine anticipates problems by studying our interior landscape by correcting depletion and stagnation at earlier stages greater problems later on are avoided. Sometimes Western medicine has nothing to offer for nagging chronic complaints that Chinese medicine can help. The two are not a substitute for each other. They are often complementary. To discover whether Chinese medicine is helpful for you, try it.

What is Qi?

A Chinese term for vital energy or life force. In traditional Chinese medicine, qi (pronounced "chee") is believed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental and. physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang.