Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO), in a report titled: “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials” recognizes over 40 different disorders in which Acupuncture can be effective. Below is a list of these. However, the scope of TCM is far reaching. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this list, please contact us or a free consult.
• low back pain
• neck pain
• tennis elbow
• knee pain
• periarthritis of the shoulder
• facial pain (including
• dental pain
• rheumatoid arthritis
• induction of labor
• correction of malposition
• morning sickness
• nausea and vomiting
• postoperative pain
• essential hypertension
• primary hypotension
• renal colic
• adverse reactions to radiation
• allergic rhinitis,
• biliary colic
• depression (including
depressive neurosis and
depression following stroke)
• acute bacillary dysentery
• primary dysmenorrhea
• acute epigastralgia
• peptic ulcer
• acute and chronic gastritis
What can I expect during my treatment?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats patterns of dis-ease, instead of disease itself. Therefore, each treatment is specifically catered to you. How your symptoms manifest in that moment as well as how they have come about since your last treatment.
At each treatment your practitioner will ask you a series of questions regarding your overall health and wellness history. Your pulse will be checked, however this is slightly different that you may have experienced this at your MD. An Acupuncturist will be feeling the quality of your pulse vs. counting heartbeats. The appearance of your tongue will also be checked. So, don’t be surprised if your practitioner asks you to stick it out!
After your consultation the treatment will begin. During most Acupuncture treatments you will lie still with needles inserted for 15-20 minutes depending on the condition treated. After removal of the needles you and your practitioner will discuss the treatment, go over any recommendations and set a time for your next treatment.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Everyone experiences the treatments differently. Some people hardly experience any sensation as Acupuncture needles are very fine, especially when compared to the syringes we are all used to from the prevailing health care system.
Done correctly, there should be a minimal amount of discomfort and treatments can even be extremely relaxing. Patients will sometimes feel a small electric sensation, a cool sensation, numbness or tingling as the treatment progresses. All are considered normal.
During insertion, practitioners look for a sensation called “De Qi” or, the arrival of Qi. Basically, the feeling of the needle reaching the appropriate depth within the body.
Does my Health Insurance cover Acupuncture treatments?
Many Health Insurance Plans do cover Acupuncture. Be sure to check with your provider for the latest updates for your plan. At Tranquil Waters, we are always updating and changing. While we may not take your plan at the moment, we may in the near future. Contact us for more detailed information!