Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

How should I prepare for a treatment?


Please try to wear or bring comfortable clothing to your treatment. This will allow easy access to the acupuncture points, and it will help you to feel relaxed. Occasionally some undressing is necessary to provide access to some acupuncture points. Please try to avoid eating a heavy meal or skipping a meal before coming to your appointment. Many patients enjoy a shower before coming to treatment to help their relaxation process. Similarly an empty bladder etc will help the feeling of relaxation.


Does Acupuncture Hurt?


Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. The sensations that follow range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. The needles used for acupuncture are much smaller that the standard hypodermic needle, do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow.


What is treatment like?


Most patients would say, "relaxing." Usually patients leave in less discomfort and are more functional than when they walked in. Sometimes the effects are too subtle to perceive, especially in the beginning of treatment. Yet after 5 to 10 treatments the improvements become more and more apparent.


‘I heard that acupuncture only works as a placebo’. “What if I don’t believe in acupuncture?”

 
The idea that acupuncture only works as a placebo is one of the biggest misconceptions about acupuncture. You are not required to believe in acupuncture for it to work. Studies have shown acupuncture to be very effective in treating a number of conditions in humans as well as animals such as horses, dogs, and cats. Animals are incapable of actually “believing” in acupuncture, yet it still works very well for them. Testing for an acupuncture placebo in humans is much more challenging. However, there have been studies conducted at major universities that have concluded that acupuncture acts as more than just a placebo. For more on this subject, follow up these articles


Acupuncture 'more than a placebo'

New Studies Confirm Acupuncture Relieves Pain

University of Vermont Study First to Confirm Acupuncture's Effect


How does acupuncture work from a “traditional” point of view?


Traditionally, acupuncture works by balancing the subtle energies of the body. The concept of Qi (pronounced chee) is essential to understanding how acupuncture works. The closest English language translation for the word Qi is “life energy.” When the Qi in our
body is in balance, we feel healthy and strong. When Qi is not flowing properly, or when it becomes blocked, many different signs & symptoms of disease may arise. These can include pain, a weakened immune system, emotional difficulties, infertility, and ill health. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body to restore the normal flow of the body’s Qi. Once the body is in a balanced state, it can heal itself more efficiently.


How does acupuncture work from a modern, scientific point of view?


Modern western science is still struggling to completely understand how acupuncture works. Scientific studies have shown certain acupuncture points to have effects on the nervous system, releasing neurotransmitters in the brain, reducing inflammation, and increasing the circulation of blood and body fluids. However, there are gaps in the modern theories that explain how acupuncture can do all of these things.
Dr Wang’s Academic training at Nanjing University and her many years of experience and practice in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM - make her especially qualified in providing excellent TCM treatment.


What are meridians (channels)?


Acupuncture points are not randomly placed on the body.
A majority of them lie on what are traditionally known as meridians or channels. These meridians are traditionally viewed as pathways of Qi (energy) in the body. Just like the nervous and vascular systems, they connect different parts of the body with one another. In this way, meridians help explain how placing a needle in one point on the body can influence an area on a different part of the body. For example, there are points in the hands and feet that are commonly used to treat headaches.


How many treatments will I need?


In this system of medicine, the effectiveness of each treatment typically builds upon the previous one. Many patients experience improvements in their condition after one or two treatments. However you should expect at least 6 to achieve the goal of the treatment plan.
Acute conditions tend to resolve more quickly with an intensive series of treatements. Whereas, chronic conditions may require a longer and more consistent series of treatments. The number of required treatments may also depend upon the severity of the complaint. Overall, many patients see some changes within the first 2-5 treatments and significant improvements within 6-12 treatments. Once significant changes have been made, maintenance treatments may be required. Depending on the particular condition and the patient's age, this may entail a treatment every one to three months.


Are the needles reused?


No, absolutely not. JingFeng Wang only uses single use ‘disposable’ needles which must disposed off by a Licensed Waste Carrier with full records of disposal being kept. See section about Safety.