Free open Q&A about acupuncture at Lake Vue Acupuncture every Thursday from 6pm to 6:40pm, no appointment needed.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues.

An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.

Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.

These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture works in a series of treatments. Just like when you take physical therapy, you need series of treatment to get better.


You can never have two acupuncture treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart. It works cumulatively and we want to continue building on your progress.


If we treat you today, but then before your next appointment a week later your symptoms slowly start to creep back in so by the time we treat you again we’re at square one, then we went too far between the two appointments. We’ll be stuck in this see-saw of your symptoms improving, then getting worse, then improving, and getting worse. We don’t want this, we want your symptoms to slowly improve, and improve, and improve.


In order to accomplish this, I’ll need to see you twice a week at least for the first 1-2 weeks, three times a week is even better. After that as long as your symptoms are improving and staying at that level of improvement between appointments, then we’ll back off to once per week. As long as your symptoms continue to stay stable between appointments we’ll keep treating you once per week, but if they start to creep back in during that week then I want you to contact me and we’ll get you in the office ASAP for an appointment so we don’t lose ground on all of our progress.


If your situation is acute, it will take about 5-6 treatments to achieve the definite improvement. If your situation is chronic, it will take about 10 treatments.


Once the symptoms are basically gone or staying stable, then we can go into tune up mode where I have my patient come in every 1 or 2 months for maintenance purpose.

What are the needles like?  Do they hurt?

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.

Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel, basically like little pieces of guitar string. The point is smooth (not hollow with cuttingedges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.

Because your doctor uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.

We also customerize the size of the needle for you to achieve the best effect at your comfortable level.

Dose acupuncture really work?

Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians.

Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine,osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic ornaturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your physician-acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.

Are there any side effects to the acupuncture?

Usually not.

As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to takeplace.

Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.

It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.

What is Medical Acupuncture? Is it different from ordinary acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a very old medical art, and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both as the need arises, to treat an illness.


What should I expect when I come in for an initial visit?

You will fill a questionaire about your own health for us to understand your situation, you will be asked about your history of health. Based on our acupuncture meridian diagnosis, you will get the first treatment of acupuncture.

What should I expect after the first visit?

You should get some immediately pain relief if that is your reason for acupuncture.

How does ear acupuncture work?

There are many microsystems in our body like our ears, feet, tongue and scalp. Man is considered a microcosm that expresses the harmony of natural order in the macrocosm, and reflex microsystems on man's surface recapitulate the body macrocosm in holographic form. That is, treating a particular point of our ears will generate specific healing powers in our body. Auricular acupuncture was founded in China but really scientifically perfected by French physicians after their missionaries acquired the skill from Asia more than two hundred years ago. Almost every tiny area of our ears was scientifically mapped to reflect a particular body part.

What are the differences between the needles and the seeds for auricular acupuncture?

The needles are more effective at the spot, but the seeds can be left on the ear for up to 3-5 days. By gently rubbing the seeds 3-4 times a day, you can provide continuous stimulation to heal the body. Also, the seeds do not penetrate the skin so they don't hurt at all.

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