Introduction to Acupuncture
I'd like to address some of the most commonly asked questions:
What is acupuncture?
Does it hurt?
What can acupuncture treat?
What about herbal medicine?
How do I get started with acupuncture?
What is Acupuncture?
For starters, acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been practiced
for over 3000 years in China. The first written record of it is
found in the 2,500-year-old Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow
Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine). This is said to be
the oldest medical textbook in the world. This book describes how
energy circulates throughout the body in channels called meridians.
This energy or life force is called Qi (pronounced "chee").
A person's health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the
body, in combination with the universal forces of Yin and
Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced,
or interrupted, Yin and Yang become unbalanced, and
illness may occur. Acupuncture is said to restore this balance.
How Does it Feel?
Most simply put, acupuncture is described as the insertion of fine,
hair-like needles into certain locations on the body where the meridians
pass. These disposable needles are solid and sterile, and nothing
is injected into the skin. With the insertion of the needles, you
may feel a mosquito-like prick or pinch. Additionally, as you rest
during the treatment, you may feel sensations of warmth, numbness,
and a tingling or electrical sensation, along with a sense of well-being.
These sensations are known as the action of the Qi or de
qi, which is the movement of your energy to the troubled area.
Usually the treatment lasts about 30 minutes.
What Can Acupuncture
In China, acupuncture and herbs are used to treat almost every condition.
Some of the more common diseases and conditions currently being
treated in America are musculoskeletal pain and injuries, gastrointestinal
disorders such as reflux and stomachaches, chronic pain and immune
system disorders, gynecological problems, menopause, allergies,
sinusitis, chronic fatigue, headaches, smoking addiction, and arthritic
What About Herbal Medicine?
Just as certain acupuncture points have different functions to correct
the flow of Qi, so do Chinese herbs. But while acupuncture
uses external energies to promote healing, herbal medicine works
internally to restore the body to balance. Thus, acupuncture and
herbs work together to promote healing. Herbal medicine can treat
conditions similar to acupuncture. Both are commonly used not only
to treat organ imbalance, but also to build the immune system, restore
energy, and promote well-being.
How Do I Get Started?
Concerning getting started with acupuncture, the first thing to
do is to find a licensed acupuncturist in your local area. Most
states have an acupuncturist licensing board and can verify if your
acupuncturist is licensed. In Texas, the Texas
State Board of Acupuncture Examiners is the responsible party.
Once you've found an acupuncturist, ask that person how long he
or she has been practicing and whether he or she feels comfortable
treating your condition. Another solution is to call us here at
the Center for Health and Healing. We might know of an experienced
acupuncturist in your area.
Call 713-660-6620 for an appointment today
to determine a treatment plan for you.
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