Acupuncture Questions 1-5

1. What is acupuncture?
The acupuncture was the technique to place the hair thin needle gently into the acupuncture point by the skilled acupuncturist which has already disinfected and sterilized. (Unlike the hollow hypodermic needles used in hospitals). Placing these hair thin needles have to be very carefully, explicitly, fast chosen the acupuncture point on the body to be able to trigger the release of the body’s own chemicals and hormones, which can restore physical and emotional balance to the patient’s health.

2. What is the science behind acupuncture?
Acupuncture works by stimulating various systems in the body, particularly the nervous, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Acupuncture stimulates nerve impulses that travel via the spinal cord to the brain which then alter the levels of certain chemicals that influence the regulatory system within the body. For example, acupuncture can stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, or reduce the level of inflammatory chemicals such as histamine. In this way, acupuncture can invigorate the body’s own internal regulatory systems and encourage the body to heal itself.

3. What will happen during the acupuncture treatment?
When the needles are inserted very quickly, you may want to take a deep breath and you won’t feel any pain, you may feel a small pin prick with people often describing a tingling, heaviness or a dull ache which people call it “good reason pain” after the needle is inserted. You will be asked to relax while the needles are remained for about 39 minutes. During this time, the circulation of your Qi is restored and the natural balance in your body regained. Sometimes,some people may bleed through the acupuncture point after the needle is removed. This is usually called “blood waste.” It happens since the “waste” in human body comes out through the acupuncture point after the treatment. This is a good sign. 

4. What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
The World Health Organization has said that acupuncture is suitable for treating the following:
Headache and migraines
The ache situations like lumbago, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, gonalgia, injuries during the activities and arthritis or rheumatism joint pain
─ Nausea and vomiting
─ Smoking, drug and alcohol addictions
─ Respiratory and allergic conditions such as asthmas, hay fever and sinusitis
─ Gynecological conditions such as painful periods and irregular period, uterus cancer, menopause syndrome and difficulty to be pregnant
─ Neurological conditions such as Bell’s Palsy and hemiplegia
─ Eye Disorders: Inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness (in children), and uncomplicated cataracts.
─ Gastrointestinal Disorders: digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria.
─ Nervous System and Muscular Disorders: Headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis
─ Endocrine problem: Diabetes and obesity 
─ The urinary system problems: Prostate gland inflammation and hypertrophy
─ Sexual problems: Men and women sexual dysfunction
In Chinese there are some famous doctors are inherited several generations.  They inherited the experiences and secret recipes to treat many kinds of diseases.

5. Does it hurt?
If your practitioner has obtained the proper training and practice, the patient should feel painless. The only thing the patients needs to be concerned is after treatment, usually, they feel heaviness, distention, and sometimes feel like tingling. It is the “good reason pain” in any case if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.  

Dr. XING FU, PH.D., L.Ac.
State Licensed Acupuncturist Over 40 Years Experience Acupuncutre Special Herbs
Address1:5300 Geary Blvd.Suites 315 (Between 17th & 18th Ave.) San Francisco, CA 94121
Address2:800 California ST,#120 Mountain View, CA 94041