Is Acupuncture for You?
Many ailments can be effectively treated with alternative therapy such as acupuncture compared to, or in addition to, traditional therapy such as American Medical Technology and pharmacology. They are listed below but are not limited to:
Pain Management: Most painful conditions can be treated, provided there are no medical contradictions. Conditions such as headache, toothache, jaw pain, shingles, facial paralysis, stroke residuals, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, bone spurs, tendentious (carpal tunnel syndrome), neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, trigeminal neuralgia and sciatica including chronic pain syndrome from surgery, auto accidents and sports injury may benefit from acupuncture treatment.
Respiratory System: Asthma, Allergies, Sinusitis, Pneumonia, bronchitis, recurrent colds and coughs, ear infection, etc.
Digestive System: Gastritis, gastrodynia, indigestion, colitis, chronic diarrhea constipation, hepatitis, cholecystitis, pancreatis and hiccups, etc.
Nervous System: Insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, depression, tinnitus, neurasthenia, and nervous deafness, stroke sequelae, etc.
Genital/Urinary: Cystitis, prostatitis, impotence, menstrual disorder, leukorrhea, infertility, sexual dysfunction, menopause, etc.
And More: Thyrosis, diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcoholism, substance addiction, eczema, autoimmune disease, etc.
NOTE: There are many obscure medical conditions that can benefit from Acupuncture and/or Traditional Chinese Medicine that are not listed above. We will be glad to give you a free consultation to see if Acupuncture can help you in your quest for better health without Prescription medications.
What about Side Effects?
Acupuncture has withstood the test of time for millions of patients. The primary advantage is safety, “In the hands of a competent physician, acupuncture is a method free from discomfort or side effects.” Infection is prevented through the use of disposable needles.
Pain may be experienced if the patient is too nervous and moves during treatment. Some bleeding may occur if the acupuncturist purposely squeezes a drop of blood necessary in the course of the treatment.
Is Acupuncture Covered By Insurance?
Most insurance companies honor claims for acupuncture treatment, IT DEPENDS ON THE INDIVIDUAL’S POLICY, NOT THE INSURANCE COMPANY! Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance provider to check for coverage and what illnesses or conditions are covered. Dragon Phoenix Acupuncture will be pleased to assist in completing and filing insurance claim forms.
Acupuncture treatment is tax-deductible as a medical expense.
How does Acupuncture work?
The key to Acupuncture is Qi (pronounced Chee), the flow of vital life energy force. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is about 400 classic acupoints linked energetically to different parts of the body. The acupoints are organized into twelve major meridians, which are named after internal organs and body functions. Health is determined by the flow of Qi along these pathways beneath the skin. When the Qi flow is smooth and in balance, one is healthy. If the balance is disturbed, then one will feel ill or in pain. To restore the delicate balance, a qualified acupuncture physician inserts hair-thin, sterilized, solid stainless steel needles into acupoints to stimulate the healing energy flow, as well as regulate the functions of related organs through various manipulative methods. Sometimes, an electric apparatus may be used to maintain a constant stimulation.
From the scientific perspective, recent biochemical and neurological research shows the tissue at the acupoint has a higher concentration of peripheral nerve ending and a decrease in electrical resistance. research indicates acupuncture works by activating a natural pain-suppression system in the brain. Additionally, acupuncture has an obvious effect of stimulating or strengthening the body’s immune system, which in turn mobilizes the natural defense powers inside the body. This reaction is the major mechanism of anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious effects induced by acupuncture.
What to Expect:
Following an acupuncture treatment, patients experience a sense of well being, relaxation, and often energized. As a sign of obtaining the vital energy, some patients may experience a slight sensation of soreness, numbness, distention or heaviness around the needle area. Patients should be comfortable and relaxed during treatment to attain the desired results. The reaction usually starts during the first four or five visits. As with any other medical treatment, not all cases can be cured. However, there is no harmful effect from the therapy in common practice. Therefore, patients who suffer from lingering or chronic diseases that haven’t responded well to orthodox medicine intervention are particularly encouraged to try this promising Chinese art of healing.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Treatment plans vary according to the extent, duration and severity of the ailment and physical state of the patient at the time of treatment. A recommended treatment course is 12 sessions twice a week in the beginning of treatment. As the patient improves, treatments are spread out. s For those experiencing slow reactions, It is recommended they complete treatment since such cases require more effort to restore their energy balance.
Preventative and proactive maintenance programs are recommended in the form of periodic treatments every other week. Such treatment helps internal organs to function in a continuous balanced condition and improves the whole physiological ability. The Chinese have enjoyed this form of rejuvenation for thousands of years!
Additional Treatment Methods?
Auricular Acupuncture (ear Points), is used with body acupuncture as a means of drug and alcohol detoxification and withdrawal, weight control and relaxation promotion.
Herbology is the preparation and use of all natural plants and minerals as prescribed medicine in classical and modern prescriptive formulas to treat many disorders and diseases. Like food, herbs affect blood and Qi disorders through nourishment and assimilation. We use prepacked Herbs and do not prepare them for each individual.
Tuina is Traditional Chinese soft tissue massage and structural adjustment to treat deformity and chronic muscle disorder. Tuina treats tissues, bones, ligaments and tendons to enhance and regulate the flow of Qi, blood and fluids in the body.
Dietary Medicine is recommended to treat disharmonies in the blood, fluids, digestive system and for post labor care using an energetic profile of foods.
Musical Qi-Gong is also a positive healing power to influence and adjust the flow of blood, energizes the spirit and make the body resonate in harmony.