Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
This is probably the most important question on this site...
Many conditions may be treated using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, including; general pain relief and pain management for arthritis, knee pain, hand and foot pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, lower back and neck pain, and tendonitis. Basically, Acupuncture is awesome at pain relief in general. Conditions such as circulatory problems including high or low blood pressure, cold hands and feet, as well as many nervous system imbalances such as anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness and depression can also be treated. Acupuncture is also highly effective for asthma, allergies and sinus problems, digestive disorders like Crohns Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, and constipation. Other common ailments treated include headaches and migraines; treatments to help stop smoking, weight loss and many more conditions.
Will it hurt?
Second most important question on this site...
You may feel little or no discomfort as the needles are inserted as the process is typically painless, since Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. You may feel different sensations including slight soreness, numbness, warmth, or pressure. These energetic sensations differ from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and comforting. Of course if you choose to go the needle-less route, the answer is still "NO, IT WON'T HURT".
What should I expect from my first treatment?
After the first treatment has been administered, depending on the aliment being treated, many experiences may occur. You may get immediate, total or partial relief from pain or other symptoms. Some patients experience a sudden burst of energy while others may feel completely relaxed. Many people experience a profound sense of calm.
How many treatments will I need?
Since every person is unique in their condition and their response to treatment, the number of treatments will vary. The nature, severity and history of each patient’s problem, as well as the individual himself or herself, are all factors that are involved in how many treatments will be necessary. Usually you will need to come in to see us 1-2 times a week for the first six to eight weeks to start.
Are needles the only equipment involved?
Your practitioner may use several techniques such as cupping, laser, Asian body work, electric stimulation, ear and body seeds and tacks and acupressure devices such as Tei Shin to help with the patient’s treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical therapy developed over 2000 years ago in Asia. Acupuncture stimulates specific points beneath the skin by the insertion of acupuncture needles. This process restores the balance of the body’s energy, also knows as “Qi” (pronounced chi). Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Moxibustion are some of the essential elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How does Acupuncture work?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there exists a meridian system through the human body. In this system, invisible passageways for energy are called meridians. There are certain points on the body (more than 360) that connect with certain organs and bodily functions. Point Groups on the body that apply to a specific organ or function are found along the same meridian. In a healthy, normal functioning body, the energy in these meridians flow freely resulting in a balanced system. When the flow of energy is interrupted from causes such as stress or injury, this energy is reduced throwing your “Qi” off balance. By performing Acupuncture using the points associated with the particular meridian involved, this Qi or balance is restored.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years in China. Acupuncture is the treatment of choice for one-fourth of the world’s population!
Are the Acupuncture needles clean?
Acupuncture needles are FDA approved. These needles are pre-sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposed of after a single use. After the needles are used, they are placed in a specialized bio-hazard container and sent to a bio-hazard disposal company.
INFERTILITY & PREGNANCY
Acupuncture is effective for treating infertility, helping to avoid miscarriage, relieving morning sickness, and for other issues of pregnancy like edema, gestational diabetes, back or hip ache or pain, and indigestion. Acupuncture is also effective for inducing and facilitating labor and can help correct mal-position of the fetus in the last trimester. For treatment you may be required to bring in a release form from your OB/GYN or primary health care provider.
Children can benefit from acupressure, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. There are special techniques for treating young children that are gentle and safe. We have had experience with many children and enjoy making them comfortable with their experience at Hayden Acupuncture & Wellness Center. Whether acupuncture needles are used or an alternative method like Laser or Tei Shin depends on the comfort and temperament of the child and we pay close attention to both.
We may recommend Chinese Herbs or nutritional supplements as needed to aid in the treatment of your condition, and serve to increase the effectiveness of the acupuncture. The herbs may be in pill, tincture, or topical form. We carry some of the best brands available including KAN, CMS, Blue Poppy, Plum Flower/MayWay and varies CBD products.