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ACUPUNTURE (FAQ)
(Some Information is Courtesy of the American Society of Acupuncturists)

Where did ACUPUNCTURE originate?
• Practice originated in China
• Cornerstone of oriental medicine
Effectively used for over 3000 years to treat full range of ailments

Q: What is acupuncture?
- Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recent scientific evidence has begun to verify the accuracy and effectiveness of these traditional Chinese Techniques.

…Western scientists are beginning to show, by their own standards, just what Chinese acupuncturists have been saying for millenniums.
- LA Times - 4/2005

ACUPUNCTURISTS HAVE BEEN LICENSED AS PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS SINCE 1976 BY THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF MEDICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE.

Q: What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

1. Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders – Toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, earaches, sinus infections,
hay fever

2. Respiratory Disorders – Uncomplicated bronchial asthma in children or adults

3. Gastrointestinal Disorder – Digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria

4. Eye Disorders – Inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness (in children), and uncomplicated cataracts

5. Nervous System and Muscular Disorders – Headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis

ACUPUNTURE HAS BEEN USED FOR CENTURIES IN CHINA TO TREAT MANY OTHER PROBLEMS, SUCH AS KNEE PAIN, SPRAINS AND STRAINS, AND MOST GYNECOLOGICAL COMPLAINTS.

Q: How deep do the needles go?
– That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, constitution and upon the acupuncturist’s style. Usually, needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch in depth.

Q: Does it hurt?
– Dr. Henry utilizes a style of acupuncture that uses very thin and finely crafted needles that are superficially inserted. In most cases patients experience a slight tingling with an overall response of relaxation.

Q: Are the needles clean?
– At the Brentwood Center for Wellness, only sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles are used. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

Q: How many treatments will I need?
– That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.

Q: What should I know about the proposed treatments?
– Dr. Henry will explain the nature of your problem and the treatment(s) that she recommends.

Q: Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?
– Yes. Relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.

Q: How long does a treatment last?
– Treatments last about 20 to 30 minutes.

Q: What do most patients feel?

– Deep relaxation.

Q: What can I expect after treatment?
- Patients often experience the most 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 diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.