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Frequently Asked Questions

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    How does acupuncture work?


    Chinese Philosophy: Basically, the body (and universe) is made up equally of yin and yang (masculine/feminine, dry/damp, hot/cold, etc) when these opposing forces are in balance one is healthy. These opposing forces manifest as Qi energy that flows throughout the body in pathways called meridians. Think of these like rivers and streams flowing in a circular movement around the body. When this flow is obstructed, weakened or too forceful, disease patterns present themselves. Acupuncture (use of a sterile single use filament needle) placed in these points help regain balance and health. Western perspective: It is thought that acupuncture activates the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) by releasing neurotransmitters and hormones which in turn relieve pain, boost the immune system and regulate body functions and systems.
  2. Q

    Does acupuncture hurt?


    Short answer: Maybe, a little. Long answer: Acupuncture needles are very small & filamentous (solid, not hollow like a hypodermic needle). Approximately 35-40 acupuncture needles can fit inside of a hypodermic needle. That being said, it is not always a painless process. You may feel a slight pinch, ache or pressure as the needle is being inserted. The practitioner may stimulate the needle manually or using an electrical stimulation machine to help manipulate Qi. This process may initiate some pinching, an ache, pressure &/or radiation of a sensation along an area of the body. This is normal, however if at any point the sensation is uncomfortable, notify the practitioner so he/she can adjust the needle.
  3. Q

    What can acupuncture help treat?


    It has been effective in treating various conditions including many different types of pain (including back pain, headache, whiplash, tight muscles, sciatica, knee pain, frozen shoulder, etc), side effects of cancer treatment, fertility, allergies, addiction, stress, anxiety, digestive complaints, etc. It has helped with conditions related to all the major body systems including Cardiovascular, Neurological, Musculo-skeletal, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Gynecological, Psychological, disorders of the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. This disorders have been listed on the 2003 World Health Organization's (WHO's) report of clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture.
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    Does acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a religious connection?


    Acupuncture and TCM are not religions, but they do base themselves on ancient Taoist principles. Ancient Taoism focused on human behavior and that balance and interaction with nature. Several texts and theories such as the yin yang theory, 3 Treasures (jing (essence), qi (energy), and shen (spirit/emotional well-being), and the Yi jing (aka: I Ching, one of the oldest texts) are a few examples. Today TCM continues to base itself off of the concepts of human balance with nature and the environment. TCM does not involve specific religious beliefs, rituals, and/or devotions to any one god or gods.
  5. Q

    Who can practice acupuncture?


    Different states have different regulations and limitations on what is called acupuncture and who can practice acupuncture. In the state of Wisconsin acupuncturists are required to have completed a course of study and residency the equivalent of at least 2 consecutive years of full-time education and clinical work in Oriental diagnostic and therapeutic theories and practiced at a school accredited by the ACAOM or the NCCAOM. They also need to pass the NCCAOM exams. Other medical professionals that may practice acupuncture in the state of Wisconsin without any additional specific training include: Medical doctors, osteopaths, podiatrists and physician assistants. Chiropractors may not practice acupuncture.
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    What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?


    This is a controversial issue and because of the use of the words, dry needling instead of acupuncture, healthcare personnel in other professions other than the ones listed above have been allowed to use acupuncture needles to treat pain and other health concerns. Acupuncture is based off of thousands of years of practice, in depth theories regarding health and balance within ones environment, thousands of hours of education and clinical practice under careful supervision. Dry needling can be practiced with minimal to no additional training or study and involves using acupuncture needles to stimulate musculo-skeletal areas of the body (trigger points), not necessarily on designated pathways/meridians, to relieve pain and discomfort. An acupuncturist may also use trigger points to treat pain in combination with balancing other disharmonies, therefore, treating the patient as a whole.
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    How many treatments will I need?


    This question does not have an exact answer. The number or treatments and the frequency of treatments vary depending on the condition being treated and if the condition is chronic or acute. Generally, the more chronic a condition is, the longer it may take to see results. The frequency of treatments may also vary depending on the condition being treated. This can range from 2 or 3 treatments a week to seasonally. As a condition resolves it is best to continue regular treatments as indicated by your practitioner after the symptoms disappear or improve. This will continue to help bring the body into balance and help prevent the condition from returning.
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