Monday, August 13, 2012

What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental medicine. Although what is called Acupuncture in the West is comprised of several different therapies (such as moxibustion and cupping), mostly it consists of the insertion of fine sterile needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health conditions. The Chinese have mapped these points over a period of 2,000 years, and there are more then 1,000 known acupoints.  In the three past decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points.

Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, when performed by a competently trained, licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. Olga Ivashkov L.Ac. uses individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles. So there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.

How does acupuncture work?
Modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how acupuncture works. Traditional Asian acupuncture based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (a fine, essential substance which nourishes and constructs the body) through distinct channels that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of Qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck and/or superabundant. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts. In Chinese, there is saying, “if there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of Qi.

How many treatments will I have?
That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5-10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.

What can I expect after treatment?
Patients often experience dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases , there may be no immediate relief, only to notice the pain will diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better with results that vary from patient to patient.

by Olga Ivashkov
Health Consultant 
CGI Holistic Fitness & Spa
201-784-5575 x124


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  3. Acupuncturists claim that their treatments do more than just relieve pain but work instead to restore the body's balance and so work continuously to improve overall health.