Is acupuncture painful?
One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most can relate to having a hypodermic injection or being 'stuck' by a pin. However, because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensation to less than a mosquito bite. The sensation is referred to as "teh chi", occurs when the energy field is contacted. It feels like a moderate heaviness or tingling. As a comparison, a need used to deliver a vaccination is more than four times larger than an acupuncture needle!
Many superficial needle acupuncture treatments call for additional stimulation with the use of a mild electronic stimulation applied directly to the needle. It is pleasant and relaxing and produces accelerated healing response. It is not painful nor is any form of acupuncture.
Needles are historically the stimulation used in acupuncture, however, may physicians certified in Acupuncture are employing electronic and laser stimulation to the acupoint with equal effectiveness as the needle. Both of these procedures are painless and have become one of the standards worldwide.
The tapping "teishein" needle is not really a needle as it does not pierce the skin. It produces a mild topical sensation over the acupoint which may be compared to a ballpoint pen striking the skin. This form of stimulation has been successfully used for centuries.
What is the cost of Acupuncture?
The initial computerized EMI evaluation with printed report and acupuncture session is $79
Follow up visits are $50.
How many sessions are usual?
Researchers internationally agree the usual number of treatments is between 8 and 16 with 12 sessions being the most common. The usual frequency is 2 to 4 times per week
The number of sessions vary with individual conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require several sessions. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas, others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. It has been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy.
A small number of patients will experience what may feel like a worsening of symptoms as the body's energies are returning to normal. This expected and no need for alarm. It is followed by rapid improvement.
Patients are urged not to enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of "taking a few" to see what will happen. This would be comparable for a physician to recommend a two hour operation only for the person to say they will try 45 minutes to see how it does.
Even though the practitioner may recommend 12 visits as a trial of therapy, should the patient respond completely within a few treatments the physician may elect to discontinue as success has been shown or to continue their use to assist in stabilizing the condition.
Are the result permanent?
For acute problems where there has been little or no organ systems or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. It is suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster session three to four times a year.
Are results psychological?
Many critics of acupuncture have suggested the science is hypnosis or "mind over matter". This criticism is totally unfounded as acupuncture has startiling effects in infants and toddlers as well as veterinary applications. The effect in surgery, as an anesthetic, further disclaims the skeptics. A positive outlook is obviously beneficial in all phases of life to include healing.