Questions and answers that you might have about acupuncture. If you have any further questions, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Aldis S. Sigurdardottir
BSc Hons, Li.Ac. OMBAcC.
Why choose Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of problems whether they be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual in origin. The emphasis is on treating the root of the problem, looking at the person as a whole, and restoring balance to allow the body’s own healing potential to take place.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine. Daily stresses, lifestyle choices and injury upset our natural balance and lead to physical and emotional symptoms. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium by identifying the root cause of the symptoms and treat the body as a whole. By gentle insertion of ultra-fine disposable needles into specific points on the body encourages the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.
How does it work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints.
Eastern: Life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked. This can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs..
Western: Explenation Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. andinfertility. The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture. Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system (acufinder.com)
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is a safe way to improve your health with little to no side effects. All acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, pre-packaged and disposable. They are used only one time and then safely disposed and strict codes of conduct are adhered to from the BAcC.
What are the side effects?
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner. Minor effects may include dizziness and bruising around the needle site. All are mild and self-correcting. Some people may feel drowsy or tired (especially after first visit) so allow time to relax after.
Where do the needles go?
The acupuncture needles can be placed in numerous places around your body. Your practitioner will tell you the general area that will be used in treatment and if articles of clothing need to be removed. If needed, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty
What does it feel like?
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body's qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles.
What happens on my first visit?
Initial visits usually last 60 minutes. During your first visit I will asking a wide range of questions about your health, diet and lifestyle. I will also feel your pulse and look at your tongue in order to retrieve diagnostic information which is unique to Chinese Medicine.
How many sessions do I need?
That depends on your individual condition. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a 'retuning' session at the change of each season throughout the year.
Should I tell my doctor that I am having Acupuncture?
If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Should I stop taking my prescription medication?
You should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance.