Acupuncture FAQs

+ What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese system of natural healing (no drugs....no surgery), which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies.

+ Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?

In either or both locations:

(1) In the channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface; (2) In the spinal column where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerve trunks.

+ Are there other causes of disease besides those associated with the interference of the transmission of energy flow?

Yes, of course. Psychosomatic states, hereditary factors, poisons, adverse environmental conditions, injury, germs, malnutrition, etc..., are all disease producing.

+ How do you detect the disturbance in the energy flow within a patient?

By many methods, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, organ reflex points, and by pulse or instrumental findings

+ Assuming I'm going to take Acupuncture treatments, how are they performed?

First, the related skin points are determined. Then they are appropriately treated by one of over thirty methods of stimulation some of which are:

1) Electrical Stimulation; 2) Finger Tip Pressure; 3) Long needle insertion;
4) Short needle penetration; 5) Non-piercing needles; 6) Moxabustion (burning of herbs over points). Note: The most common techniques used within our office is: Electrical Stimulation, and or Finger Tip Pressure. This is because these techniques are practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques.

+ What are some of the conditions commonly treated by Acupuncture?

Textbook listed conditions run into the hundreds. Typical ailments usually responding to Acupuncture health care includes: neuralgias, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, tics, spasms, muscular rheumatism, neuralgia of the shoulders and arm, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, ulcers, stomach problems, diarrhea, hepatitis, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, coughs, certain types of heart trouble, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, bladder irritation, bed wetting, certain kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, weak eyesight, hay fever, loss of smell, tonsillitis, loss of hearing, skin conditions, and even nervous or psychiatric factors based on the fact that often mental problems arise from physical disorders.

+ Out of, say, 10 patients accepted for acupuncture health care, how many usually respond favorably?

On the average, 8. Two out of ten fail to respond favorably for a variety of reasons. Advanced age, severity of the condition, irreversible tissue damage, etc., are deterrents to recovery.

+ Are spinal adjusting treatments necessary with Acupuncture?

Absolutely. Spinal adjusting is part of the Acupuncture health care. World authorities, including Feliz Mann, M.D. of England; Paul Nogier, M.D. of France, and Kunzo Nagaymama, M.D. of Japan are very emphatic on this aspect of "getting well." Dr. Mann states that many internal diseases are cured by the spinal adjustments alone. Leaving the adjustment (chiropractic) out of the treatment plan invites failure.

+ Does Acupuncture have another name?

Yes. In fact the word Acupuncture is incorrect because it implies needles only. The proper wording is "Meridian Therapy." It was named "Acupuncture" in the 16th century by Portuguese sailors who knew no better. The wrong name stuck.

+ In Acupuncture (Meridian Therapy) are there other significant factors besides skin point stimulation and vertebral adjusting?

Yes, there are four laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity:

1) Proper nutrition 2) Adequate rest 3) Moderate exercise 4) Positive mental attitude

The doctor of Chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxation, a severe form of spine and nerve stress, using his/her hands and other analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using various spinal adjustment techniques.

Subluxations come from stress. It may occur from infancy from a difficult birth or from childhood falls. Later in life, emotional tension or stress can gradually damage your spine or violent injuries from automobile accidents or sports can suddenly knock you “out of whack”.

Nearly everyone eventually gets spinal nerve stress and so is affected by subluxations. It is a “hidden epidemic” and it is for that reason that we all need to have our spines checked for this condition by a doctor of chiropractic every once in a while, just as we get our eyes, teeth and blood pressure checked!

The first Chiropractic patient treated was in 1895. Dr. D.D. Palmer performed the first Chiropractic “spinal adjustment” on his deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard’s hearing returned and

Palmer thought he had discovered a cure for deafness. But as patients with digestive troubles, sciatica, menstrual trouble, migraine headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, back pain and many other conditions responded to spinal care, Palmer realized that he had discovered something more far-reaching indeed.

Chiropractors perform treatments by working with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. Chiropractors spend years of highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging the nerves which travel down the spinal cord and out through the spinal column to the muscles, organs and glands of the body. After locating the vertebrae impinging the nerves (subluxations) the Chiropractor, using various highly specialized techniques, is able to replace the misplaced vertebrae and thus release pressure on the nerves. That is called a spinal adjustment.