Lowcountry Natural Health Center, L.L.C. (912) 354-2222
Natural Health Center, L.L.C.
Acupuncture, Tui Na, Classical Chinese Medicine, Chinese and Western Herbs and Supplements
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What conditions does acupuncture most effectively treat?
Acupuncture has been shown to help alleviate suffering from many conditions, including:
Ongoing research is continually verifying the effectiveness of this ancient Eastern healing art in treating modern Western diseases.
What should I expect at an acupuncture appointment?
Your first appointment will involve a detailed question and answer session. The practitioner needs a thorough understanding of how well your body, mind, and spirit are currently functioning and cooperating. He will gather information on your health history, your lifestyle, and your natal family and their health. Objective measurements of your state of health and patterns of imbalance will also be assessed.
After the question and answer session, the practitioner leaves the treatment room to study the patterns of illness and wellness in the patient’s life, formulate a diagnosis, derive a set of goals or treatment principles, and craft a personalized treatment plan. After a few moments, the practitioner returns and discusses the treatment plan with the patient. When the patient is comfortable with the treatment plan, the treatment begins.
What are the needles like?
Acupuncture needles are nothing like the syringes that most Americans think of when we hear the word “needles”—rather acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and about as thin as a human hair. The needles that we use today are pre-sterilized, individually wrapped and sealed, single-use products that prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Most of the needles that I use are sharpened by a laser, so they present little to no pain upon insertion.
How long do the treatments take?
Initial treatments usually last from ninety minutes to three hours, due to the length of time required for questions and answers at the first visit. Follow-up treatments usually last from forty-five minutes to an hour and a half.
How many treatments does it take?
The length of the course of treatment depends primarily on what the patient hopes to get out of the treatments. If the patient is coming in simply to have an acute pain go away, resolution is often achieved in one visit. More severe cases usually necessitate lengthier courses of treatment. A general rule of thumb is that for every year one has been living with a condition, about a month’s course of regular treatments is necessary to resolve the condition.
How often should I come in?
In China, a patient usually visits the acupuncturist every day for a week, and then the patient and physician discuss further courses of treatment. For most Americans, unfortunately, visiting the acupuncturist daily is not practical.
For most conditions, one visit per week is adequate until the illness is brought under control. After the illness is stabilized, visits may be scheduled less frequently, or even on an “as-needed” basis. For some acute or severe conditions, however, treatments may be recommended more frequently than once a week, until the severity of the illness decreases.
What kinds of side-effects are common?
Acupuncture has very few serious potential negative side-effects. Most common is bruising or swelling at an acupuncture point that has been needled. This condition usually resolves itself within a few days.
Many “positive side-effects” have been noted much more frequently than negative side-effects. Common “positive side-effects” include increased energy, improved sleep and digestion, decreased craving for drugs or unhealthy foods, clearer vision, and a calmer state of mind.
What does it feel like?
Most of the time, acupuncture needling does not hurt. When the needle is inserted into the skin, a slight pinching or pressure is usually felt. This sensation lasts for less than a second.
Once the needle reaches the acupuncture point, below the skin, many different sensations are described: the point may feel heavy, warm, buzzing, dull, or like static electricity. Sometimes a sensation of something moving inside the body is felt, usually along the energetic channel on which that particular acupuncture point lies. More than one of these sensations may be experienced by the same patient on different points during the same treatment. If any needles do feel painful to the patient, they are generally readjusted to eliminate the pain.
You will probably feel very relaxed during your treatment, and may very well fall asleep!