What is acupuncture?
A comprehensive evaluation of your overall health from the viewpoint of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is conducted to let the practitioner know more about your health condition and concerns. Once the TCM diagnosis is made, intervention like acupuncture is performed. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to tailor the treatment to your individual needs. The device used in the clinics are solid, disposable, medical-grade stainless steel needles.
Is acupuncture safe?
Licensed acupuncturists receive a 3-year or more graduate training including internship. Non-physician acupuncturists in Texas are required to pass the national board exam and register with the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. The acupuncture needles are disposable, single-use sterilized needles. It is generally a very safe treatment and is appropriate for individuals of all ages. Acupressure without needles or noninvasive modalities such as laser on acupoints are used on younger children. Mild side effects of acupuncture experienced by some people include local soreness, minor bleeding or bruising where the needles are inserted.
Is acupuncture painful?
Sensations from the hair-thin acupuncture needles are minimal. A feeling of mild tingling or soreness from the needles is typical. Some individuals might feel nothing at all. The acupuncturist may gently twirl the needles after insertion or provide heat or microcurrent stimulus to the needles. People usually are relaxed during the session.
What to expect for your visit?
Wear loose fitting clothes for your comfort. After the intake, an acupuncture treatment plan typically ranges from 5 to 20 acupuncture points is carried out. A gown sometimes is provided to access certain acupuncture points. You will have time to rest while the needles are in place for around 30 minutes.
What are Chinese herbs used for?
In our Herb Clinic we use Chinese herbs that are mainly plant-based such as leaves, flowers, roots, rhizomes and bark. Animal and mineral products are prescribed occasionally. After the acupuncturist completes a thorough evaluation and pattern identification, the Chinese herbs are prescribed to meet the individual’s needs. A Chinese herbal formula has as many as up to 30 different herbs. These herbal combinations work synergistically to treat various health problems.
What is cupping:
Plastic or glass cups are applied to the muscles with suction left for a few minutes or sliding in the area to relieve pain. Cupping is one of the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment methods to increase blood flow and relax the muscle tissues. Cupping is not painful. Sometimes reddish patches may appear where the cups were placed like what Michael Phelps had in the 2016 summer Olympics, but it fades in a few days. It is commonly used for acne, muscular pain or facial paralysis.
What is Guasha:
A Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves scraping the skin tissue with a broad and smooth-edged flat instrument to facilitate blood circulation for healing. It is often used for heat stroke, fever, headache or muscle aches.
What is Moxibustion (Moxa):
Moxibustion is a heat therapy by burning the Chinese herb Ai Ye, mugwort leaf, on acupuncture points. Either a moxa stick is held by the acupuncturist one inch above the acupoints or a moxa cone is used. The mild to moderate warmth is applied for 5 to 15 minutes to relieve pain from blood stagnation or cold.