Acupuncture has been utilized for thousands of years to promote health, alleviate pain, repair organ dysfunction, boost the immune system and reduce stress. It is not a sales pitch; acupuncture can improve and effectively treat almost any physical or emotional issue.
Very fine needles are placed at certain points along meridians to balance the function of the body. It is thought that acupuncture points remove blockages, increase circulation and stimulate the nervous system.
The World Health Organization has cited over 40 conditions that acupuncture can treat. However, current research suggests that acupuncture can assist in literally thousands of health care issues in conjunction with conventional medicine or as a sole modality.
When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective, free from adverse or addictive side effects. Quite often, a sense of relaxation and well-being occurs during and after treatments. While undergoing therapy for one ailment, other problems may resolve concurrently. Very fine needles are placed at certain points along meridians to balance the function of the body.
Private appointments are one on one sessions that cover all aspects of health. We address current complaints, medical history, medications, diet, emotional wellness an/or traumas and lifestyle. Our goal is to create a reasonable treatment plan for patients that can provide efficient treatment in the least amount of time possible. Private appointments also include any bodywork that may be needed (cupping, tuina, gua sha, moxa or stretching), herbal prescription and supplements.
What kind of education/background does an acupuncturist have? A licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) has over 3000 hours of training and studies 4 years in school to obtain a proper education, degree and license. The state of Arizona, along with many others, permits certain medical professions to perform "acupuncture" with as little as 10 hours of training. For the safety of the public and yourself, please be informed and ask before receiving acupuncture from any health care professional.
Is it painful receiving acupuncture? Each person is different depending on their sensitivity. When acupuncture is performed, it can give a sensation of a zing, heaviness or even feel slightly itchy. This sensation dissipates in about 10 seconds, making the patient “aware” that a needle is present, without pain. Any point that causes pain, can be removed, however is extremely rare. Most people actually fall asleep.
Do I have to be in pain or sick to receive acupuncture treatment? Absolutely not. The Chinese have a saying, “Don’t dig the well after you are thirsty”. One of the primary jobs of an acupuncturist is to prevent illness, keeping the body balanced. If you feel good, acupuncture can make you feel great.
What are the side effects of acupuncture? When performed by a licensed practitioner (I cannot stress that point enough), there are truly no major side effects. Patients reported that they may be a little tired after their first treatment, but the next day, feel really good. The biggest side effect from acupuncture is the sense of calmness or increased energy.
What can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture, when performed by a licensed practitioner, has the capacity to treat truly anything. The focus for Emerge Acupuncture is quality of life. We want people, even in the state of dis-ease, to be as comfortable and functional as possible. Often times acupuncture is used for side effects of aggressive treatments, such as radiation, chemotherapy, extreme antibiotic use and recovery of surgery. Most people do not know that acupuncture is wonderful at treating emotional pain. PTSD, anxiety, anger, irritation, grieving and depression are just some of the emotions that can be lifted with acupuncture treatments. (This is referred to as 5 elements acupuncture)
How often do you recommend treatments? For healthy folks with nothing major occurring, once a month is a great maintence plan. We can tune up the body, increase energy, improve sleep and concentration and balance the adrenal and nervous system. For people that are using acupuncture to alleviate pain, emotional discomfort or have organ dysfunction, usually once a week for a month. After improvement is seen, perhaps once every two weeks until we can get you on the maintenance plan of once a month.
Do I need to "believe" in acupuncture to try a treatment? Interestingly, this is one of the biggest questions that we get and these are my favorite people to treat. What your belief system is towards acupuncture has no bearing on the treatment. It is great to see that belief system change. Some of our biggest supporters were at one time "non-believers".
If there are any questions not answered here, please feel free to give us a call. We'd be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.