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Q&A about Acupuncture

Q1: Isn't it painful?

"It's not painful at all!"
Do you believe it? Actually, all acupuncturists would say so. Only, it's up to the skills of the practitioner. Haven't you ever noticed some nurses are better at giving a shot than others? The same is true for acupuncturists. When the needle is inserted right at the acupuncture point, you will actually feel good. Anyway, it's nothing compared to the pain and suffering you have now, for sure. That's what everyone says after treatment.

Q1: How many times should I come to fix my problem?

That's hard to tell. It's up to your physical constitution, symptoms, and duration of the condition. Sometimes, seemingly difficult conditions can get better after one session; mild conditions can persist.
In our experience, patients with healthy lifestyle who do not rely much on medications may respond better to treatment. Trust and high expectations on acupuncture treatment also lead to better results. Most of all, painless treatment is the key. We always try to avoid too strong stimulation.
We recommend you to try a few sessions.

Q3: What is acupuncture medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the two main methods of Chinese traditional medicine. Without X-ray or MRI, Ancient Chinese developed the way to detect and treat internal problems from outside the body, and devised their unique "Four Diagnosis Methods". Using the Methods, acupuncturists check the patient's pulse rhythm, color and condition of the tongue, the whole-body pathways of Chi energy flow (meridians) and acupuncture points. They link the findings with the patient's complaint to give a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, they stimulate the meridians and acupuncture points showing abnormal signs to restore the balance of Chi energy. By balancing Chi, acupuncture medicine enhances the patients' natural ability to recover and eventually heals them.

Q4: Is it safe?

Yes, it is, because…
Unlike the needles for injection used at hospitals, needles for acupuncture just slide into the skin without making a cut. So you won't bleed.
Unlike Seitai or chiropractic, acupuncture does not use abrupt or twisting force. Instead, it just stimulates acupuncture points on the body surface.
We use much finer needles than ordinary acupuncture needles. Finer needles require higher skills but give less pain. Plus, our needles are for single use only.
So please rest assured of safety.

Q5: Treating "pre-disease conditions"?

There is no clear border between "healthy" and "sick" states. Our bodies warn us before we get actually sick. We seldom notice these warnings because our bodies have the natural ability to heal themselves automatically. These warning signs may be heaviness in the low back, loss of appetite, problems with falling asleep, loss of energy, or heaviness in the head. Doctors at hospitals can't find any abnormalities at this stage. When we have these signs, our bodies are not strong enough to work fully; the immune system is weak and we are susceptible to infections.
Ancient Chinese called it a "pre-disease state" and thought of it as the best timing for treatment. Do you notice the idea is exactly what the health specialists nowadays say about "preventive medicine"? Ancient Chinese already found it three thousand years ago!

Q6: Why do you say I have an internal problem?

Many patients ask, "Why do you say I have an internal problem? I've never got bad results from checkups." Modern medicine examines data for each organ. Oriental medicine looks at vigor. Like scores at school, higher scores don't necessarily mean vigorousness. Oriental medicine thinks of the cause of illness as the imbalance of cooperation and opposition among internal organs. It's like a team sport. When all parts are working together in harmony, you are healthy. If one of the parts is injured and can't work fully, you are not healthy. The bottom line is, you don't have to worry when your acupuncturist says you have an internal problem; it just means you need to start treatment before you get bad results from checkups if you want to recover earlier.

Q7: Acupuncture is custom-made medicine

Oriental medicine looks at patients in a totally different way from modern medicine. Oriental medicine is intended to treat YOU as a whole person, rather than treating the disease. Suppose you have, say, low back pain. An oriental medicine practitioner will try to understand your condition in relation to other signs, such as numbness in the foot, excessive sensitivity to cold, or a knee problem. You say, "What does it have to do with low back pain?" Actually, in Oriental medicine, it can be the key to treatment. You won't get well just by taking painkillers and applying compresses; it's only a temporary relief. It is YOU that heals yourself. You have the natural ability to heal. Treatment is about balancing your whole body to maximize your natural ability to heal. Oriental medicine is, by its very nature, custom-made medicine. So, it can work for patients who don't fit into modern, one-size-fits-all medicine.

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