Frequently asked Questions About Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine
What can be treated by acupuncture and oriental medicine?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine's ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:
• Gastrointestinal Disorders: such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic
diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia,
• Urogenital Disorders: including stress incontinence, urinary tract
infections, and sexual dysfunction
• Gynecological Disorders: such as irregular, heavy, or painful
menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome
• Respiratory Disorders: such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies
• Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System: such as
arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back,
neck and shoulder pain
• Circulatory Disorders: such as hypertension, angina pectoris,
arteriosclerosis and anemia
• Emotional and Psychological Disorders: including depression and
• Addictions: such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
• Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders: swelling and redness of eyes,
conjunctivitis, itching eyes, blurry vision, tinnitus, pain in the ear,
sinus problem, nasal obstruction, sore throat, etc.
• Supportive Therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders
* Actually, in an acupuncture and Oriental medicine clinic, the treatment range is far beyond the above disorders. Except some emergency cases and disorders that need an operation, all other disorders, in fact, have been treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine for thousands of years in China.
What can be treated by practitioners in AOMC? .
Please check each clinic respectively.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one part of essentials of traditional Chinese medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over 3500 years in China. In fact, This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system, which includes Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Chinese herbology, Chinese trauma medicine, Tuina (Oriental Bodywork), Chinese nutrition, Dietary therapy, Qigong, Taiji and other exercise based on traditional Oriental medicine principles. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body's ability to balance and heal itself. This system of health care is not only used for the purpose of treatment but also for prevention of disease. It is used extensively by one-quarter of the world's population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
Acupuncture is a complete system of health care that is used to diagnose and treat disease, prevent illness, and improve well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological, and emotional problems. Acupuncture originated in China thousands years ago and has been embraced throughout the world. It is based on the principle of "Qi" (pronounced Chee), a natural vital energy inherent within all living things that promotes the body's ability to heal itself. Historians have stated, "More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern."
How Does It Work?
Oriental medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called 'meridians'. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or excess, disharmony or imbalance of qi (vital energy), blood, yin and yang in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
The traditional Chinese medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medicine diagnosis, called a "differential diagnosis." All treatment plans that are given to a patient are based on the differential diagnosis. This medicine is not a medicine that treats head when headache happening and treats foot when the foot hurting. It emphasizes that prevention is more important then treatment, treating the root, the source of a disease more important than the disease.
The vital energy, Qi, circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways, called meridians. Points on the skin, located along these pathways, are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. Pain and illness are the result of a disruption of this circulation of Qi. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of Qi, which influences the health of the entire being.
Research studies have shown that acupuncture influences both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It stimulates the brain to release endorphins, a chemical that is effective in pain control. It also regulates sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood; the functioning of the gastrointestinal system; and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture also improves circulation, allowing the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.
Although Oriental medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.
Since acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or improved. Studies have clearly demonstrated that acupuncture is effective for far more than pain management. Many athletes have discovered that acupuncture helps them train at optimum performance levels and recover faster from injury. Acupuncture as a long tradition of use as a system for preventive health care in addition to treating disease.
Is Acupuncture Safe? Is it Painful?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. All needles used in AOMC clinics are disposable. Your needle safety is secured.
One of the advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects. The acupuncture points are stimulated with hair-thin needles to bring about the therapeutic effect. All needles used are sterile and disposed of after use, eliminating the risk of infection. In most cases, insertion of the needles is performed with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and experience a feeling of well-being after the treatment. Some people even go to sleep during the treatment. For those who absolutely hate needles, there are other methods that can be used that do not require the use of needles.
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort.
You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.
How Do I Find A Qualified Practitioner?
Oriental medicine is a complex form of medicine that has been practiced thousands of years in China. As a result, there are many valid schools of thought and traditions within the profession.
In order to obtain the best health care, you should seek a practitioner who has been trained comprehensively in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and practiced for at least five years.
How Frequent and How Many Treatments I Should Have?
Each patient's pathogenic condition and body constitution are unique so the treatment plan varies individually. The length of treatment depends on the type, severity, and duration of disease, how does a patient response to acupuncture treatment, the body constitution and the physical state at the time of treatment. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute conditions. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. Researchers internationally agree the usual number of treatment is between eight and sixteen. Some patients with chronic conditions may require more than 20 treatments. Many people also use acupuncture as part of their health maintenance program. Regular "tune-ups" prevent illness and promote health, as well as add to the vitality of the body and mind.