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questions and answers

What is Qi and how does it travel?

At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people. In the same way, meridian pathways transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.

When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one area and restricting others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.

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What can affect Qi?

Many things influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi. Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption to Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.
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What does an acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue. Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a persons health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with you acupuncturist may last from 30 to 90 minutes.
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Why do they want to feel my pulses?

There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for 27 individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.
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Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.
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How many treatments will I need?

As all health care providers will tell you, that the number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

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What should I expect during a treatment?

Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called “Qi” sensation. All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
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How should I prepare?
  • Come with any questions you have – we're here to help you
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points
  • Don't eat large meals just before or after your visit
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems
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Do the needles hurt?

The sensation is different from person to person. Some people feel a slight pinch, ache or tingling sensation but most feel nothing at all. The needles are tiny, just slightly larger than a whisker or a human hair.
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How deep do the needles go?

The depth of the insertion varies. For example, your acupuncturist will use a needling technique that is different in fleshier areas, such as your buttocks. Typically needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8" to 1 ½".
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How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
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What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions:

Addiction – alcohol, drug, smoking
Chronic fatigue
Facial palsy/tics
Irritable bowel syndrome
Menstrual irregularities
Shoulder pain
Smoking cessation
Tennis elbow
Dental pain
Digestive trouble
Emotional problems
Low back pain
Sore throat
Urinary tract infections
Trigeminal neuralgia
Wrist pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Common cold
Eye problems
Morning sickness
Reproductive problems
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Sleep disturbances
Tooth pain

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