What Is Acupuncture?

With thousands of years of tradition and a growing base of modern scientific evidence, acupuncture can heal a multitude of pains.
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Medical Acupuncture is conducted by physicians trained in both Western medicine and acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific points that have been mapped by Chinese researchers over a period of over five thousand years. These points have been found to affect the electrical current in the body.

It is safe, effective, and has no adverse side-effects to the body. There are numerous scientific studies from around the world that have proven acupuncture capable of relieving pain, easing muscle spasms, decreasing inflammation, promoting blood circulation, and boosting the body's immune system.
How Does It Work?
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (the life energy), Xue (blood) and Ying (body fluid) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body; somewhat like the nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatic system do. Acupuncture allows Qi, Xue and Ying to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is excessive. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the energetic balance of the body.
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Common Questions About Acupuncture

Is acupuncture safe?

It is Florida law that all licensed Acupuncturists use only sterilized, disposable needles. Acupuncture needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. It eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

Does acupuncture hurt?

If your Acupuncturist has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle, you should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In China, acupuncture is painless. Yet some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain. Sometimes the sensations might even last a couple of hours after the acupuncture session. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually very mild and often goes away with time. If it does not, please talk to your Acupuncturist.

How deep do the needles go?

That depends on the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected and the patient's age, gender, body size and physical constitution. Usually, needles are inserted 1/4 inch to 1 inch in depth.

How many treatments will I need?

That depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your complaints. You may need just a few treatments for a simple, acute condition. Usually a series of 10 - 15 sessions of acupuncture treatment as a course for a period of 5 - 8 weeks may resolve most problems. Certain chronic, degenerative, and complicated conditions may require more than one course of acupuncture treatment over time. Dr. Brown will always be up front and honest with you as to her recommendations for treatment frequency.

Is it necessary to have follow-up treatments, even though I feel much better?

Yes, in most cases. Relief of pain or symptoms diminished does not mean the problem is resolved. Especially in chronic conditions, follow-up treatments allow your body to be restored and maintain a healed state.

What should I know about the proposed treatments?

Your Acupuncturist will explain the nature of your problem and what treatment he is recommending. Your Acupuncturist will also tell you what benefits and risks there are to the proposed treatment, and what other modalities, options are available to you.

Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?

Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection.
Avoid treatment when you are extremely weak, too hungry or full, emotionally exhausted, or shortly after vigorous exercise.
Drink water before and after treatment to ensure good hydration and improve effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment.

Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?

Relax, there is no need to be frightened. Ask your Acupuncturist any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
Do not change your position too much or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your Acupuncturist.
Very few people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during the treatment. This often occurs if you are extremely nervous, hungry or physically exhausted. Inform your Acupuncturist immediately so he or she can readjust or withdraw the needles. Also let your Acupuncturist know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.
If you find your treatment unbearable at any point, be sure to speak up so that your Acupuncturist can make the proper adjustment or stop the treatment.

What can I expect after acupuncture treatment?

Generally, you should expect to feel better. Some patients even experience the most dramatic results in the very first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate and total or partial relief of their symptoms. This relief may last a few hours or a couple of days. In some cases, there may be no immediate relief, only to notice the condition improving over the next couple of following treatments. Occasionally, you might sometimes notice a tiny spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites and/or a small bruise could develop. These should not be harmful, but please talk to your Acupuncturist if you are concerned.

Do I need my family doctor's referral to seek acupuncture treatment?

No, you don’t.

What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?

Patients should ask about where their Acupuncturist was trained, how long their training was, how long he/she has been in practice and what kind of experience your Physician-Acupuncturist has had in treating your specific aliment.

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