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Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is just one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is a very effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-invasive medical system to treat and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. It is based on regulating the blood flow that circulates throughout the body in the primary and collataral blood vessels, regulating the oxygen flow, regulating the function of the organs and stimulating the nervous system. Associated with the blood vessels are points that are most effective for the treatment with acupuncture, these are called acupuncture points or acupoints.

When the blood flow is unobstructed then health is maintained, but once that flow is changed; either obstructed or unregulated, then the whole body system is distrupted and illness will eventually occur. Imagine a river that is either dammed up or becomes a flood, with either of those there is damaged caused to the natural flow. In the body that shows up as pain, dysfunction, and eventually disease.

Acupuncture stimulates the flow of blood, so that balance can be restored, by inserting very thin needles into the acupoints in combination to address not just the main symptoms but the root cause as well.

How safe is acupuncture?
Arvada Acupuncture & Wellness uses single use sterilized disposable needles so there is virtually no chance of contamination. Acupuncture is a safe procedure when treatments are administered by a licensed professional who is board certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes! Children actually respond more quickly than adults, because their blood flow isn't compromised much yet. If your child has an aversion to needles, massage of the acupuncture points (this is called acupressure or tuina) can be used instead, or the use of a needle tube as a point stimulator.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Because the needles are not much thicker than a hair, treatments are usually painless. After the needle is inserted, you may notice a sensation of tingling, heaviness or the sensation of movement of energy along the body. Our patients often report feeling relaxed after treatments.

What can Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treat?
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Here is a list of a few health concerns that acupuncture has been effective in treating.

* Addictions * Dental pain * Gingivitis * Morning sickness * Stop smoking
* Anxiety * Depression * Headache * Nausea * Sore throat
* Arthritis * Diarrhea * Hiccough * PMS * Stress
* Asthma * Digestion * Incontinence * Pneumonia * Tennis elbow
* Bronchitis * Dizziness * Indigestion * Rhinitis * Tonsillitis
* Carpal Tunnel * Emotional issues * IBS * Sciatica * Tooth pain
* Chronic fatigue * Facial Palsy/tics * Low back pain * Shoulder pain * Trigeminal neuralgia
* Colitis * Fatigue * Menstural issues * Sinusitis * UTI
* Constipation * Fibromyalgia * Migraine * Sleep disturbances

What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced "chee"). Some consider this to be Life Energy, which in some way is correct. The true meaning of the character of Qi is 'Vital Vapor' or 'Vital Air'. Air traveling through the blood and enters the mitochondria of the blood cell does give energy. So even 3,500 years ago, the Chinese knew how vital oxygen was to the body.

How does Qi travel?
Qi circulates through the blood, along the blood vessels. There are 14 main channels or vessels throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. The vessels are like rivers. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people. In the same way, our vessels transport life-giving Qi & Blood to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.

When Qi and Blood 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 it in others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.

What can affect Qi and Blood?
Many things influence the quality, guantity and balance of Qi and Blood. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents, enviromental toxins or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi and Blood.

Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption of Qi and/or Blood is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.

How should I prepare for my treatments?
  • Come with any questions you have.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Shorts and a tank top are perfect.
  • Do not 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 situation. 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.

What will my treatment be like?
You first visit entails a full evaluation and history, so that you can share EVERYTHING about your health condition and health history. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your second visit will be an examination and first treatment. Your pulses and your tongue will be examine and also a physical exam which includes blood pressure, nervous system exams, etc.. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi or blood has become blocked or imbalanced, and which organs are not functioning properly. Visits may last up to 2 hours for your initial visit, but typically on your treatment days you will spend from 45 to 90 minutes.

What should I expect during acupuncture?
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 the "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.

Why do you want to feel my pulses?
There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that corresponds to a specific organ. There are 27 individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems in your body, they will appear in the pulse.

Why do you want to look at my tongue?
The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and body fluids. The major things examined are the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum one month of weekly treatments to see significant changes. There is also a difference in care, from relief to corrective to maintenance that will determine how long.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi and/or Blood. I may suggest one or two or even three treatments per week, or only monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal "tune ups" depending on your condition.

What is the difference between an Acupuncturist and a Doctor who "does" acupuncture?
To become an Acupuncturist, a student attends a graduate school program in Traditional Chinese Medicine for 3 - 4 years. After graduation, the students sits for the National exam given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which is the ONLY national board examination, CERTIFYING Acupuncturists in the U.S.A.

A Minimum of 1,800 hours of Chinese Medical Education and supervised clinical training is required to sit for this exam. Currently, the requirement to sit for this exam is graduation from an Chinese Medical School, most of which are 2,200+ hour programs. It is a two-day test of written and practical Acupuncture skills and theory.

An Acupuncturist, after passing the NCCAOM is awarded the title "Diplomate of Acupuncture of the NCCAOM" (Dipl. Ac.). Certification is renewed every four years with the requirement of completing at least 60 hours of continuing education units.

The Colorado State Department of Regulatory Agencies regulate acupuncture, in the State of Colorado. Only those who pass the NCCAOM exam are awarded the title of "Licensed Acupuncturist" (L.Ac.)

As for Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, or Chiropractors who "Do Acupuncture", here is their breakdown of training in acupuncture:

Chiropractors: need only 100 hours of training, review 25 case histories and NO examination to legally perform acupuncture in Colorado.

Medical Doctors (M.D.) and Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.): have NO minimum requirements for doing acupuncture in Colorado. They call themselves "Medical Acupuncturists".

There is a class at U.C.L.A. especially for physicians to learn acupuncture, it is ONLY 350 hours.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Insurance coverage varies from company to company. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Many times it's easier to be provided with a "superbill" that you submit to your insurance company. And if they accept it, they will reimburse you for your treatments. We can also call to verify your coverage, but here are a few questions you should find out for yourself:
  • Will my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • Do I have a co-pay?
  • Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?

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