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Is the treatment of the disease by acupuncture temporary?

The success of treatment through Traditional Oriental Medicine (TCM) is contingent on certain variable factors. Chief amongst these factors are: the patient’s compliance with the directions of the practitioner; the experience of the practitioner in treating that specific condition; and the length of time the patient has been suffering from this condition. The results of treatment may not be readily apparent in the short term. In order to receive significant and lasting results from treatments, the patient may need to undergo a longer course of care for certain conditions. For acute problems where there has been little or no organ system or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally, a few additional treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. It’s suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two to three times a year.

Does acupuncture depend on gender and age?

Length, number and frequency of sessions vary in different age and gender. For most conditions, a series of several sessions is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. After an initial consultation, the acupuncturist should provide you with a treatment plan that includes the techniques to be used, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment.

How many sessions do you need for acupuncture treatment?

A typical series of sessions consists of 6 to 12 visits, once or twice a week, with sessions lasting 30 to 90 minutes each. Acute conditions, such as sprains, generally require less time and frequency, whereas more chronic or severe ailments may require several (or several dozen) sessions. Appointments are scheduled further and further apart after the optimal response has been achieved. Some people experience great benefits from weekly or monthly sessions.

Is acupuncture is also used for beauty?

The results from cosmetic acupuncture are gradual and subtle; they include reduction of fine lines and softening of deep wrinkles, firming of jowls, a reduction in the size of under-eye bags, puffiness, and drooping, enhanced skin tone, and an improvement in energy levels and overall well-being.

Does acupuncture have an effect on the treatment of gastric reflux?

There’s not yet any reported data on acupressure for GERD. In contrast, several studies report data on acupuncture, which has been used to treat illness for more than 5,000 years in China. Theoretically, acupuncture may help decrease the amount of acid your stomach produces, improve the time it takes for food to move through your digestive system and/or help with pain sensitivity. A study published in the August 2010 issue of the “Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine" reported that six weeks of daily acupuncture treatment seemed to to have a positive effect on GERD symptoms, though the mechanism was unclear. The addition of well designed placebo-controlled trials would help to further characterize the efficacy of acupuncture.

Is it possible to increase metabolism with acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine views the metabolism as the smooth and abundant movement of subtle energies throughout the body, also called qi. Injury and stress can disrupt the flow of qi. Certain foods are recommended to boost the flow of qi, including yams, cooked grains and seafood. The theory of Chinese medicine is that the qi circulates through the body using meridians, and each meridian corresponds to a different internal organ. Meridians have pressure points, and it’s believed that massaging one of these points in a small, circular motion can help release any blocked qi on the meridian, which in turn releases tension in the related organ. Pressing and holding the point draws qi into the channel to invigorate the organ. Thus, acupuncture is believed to help improve the work of internal organs to increase their activity, possibly leading to a faster metabolism and supplemental weight loss.

What is acupuncture benefits in compare with other treatments?

Suitable for patients with chronic functional problems, especially for those that Western medicine can’t find the cause, but there are uncomfortable symptoms. By correcting organ dysfunction, TCM may prevent severe diseases before they are detectable by Western medicine. Compare to Western medicin, TCM, particulary acupuncture, has few and less severe side effects.

Is using acupuncture dangerous during pregnancy?

Of 105 included studies, detailed AEs were reported only in 25 studies represented by 27 articles (25.7%). AEs evaluated as certain, probable or possible in the causality assessment were all mild/moderate in severity, with needling pain being the most frequent. Severe AEs or deaths were few and all considered unlikely to have been caused by acupuncture. Total AE incidence was 1.9%, and the incidence of AEs evaluated as certainly, probably or possibly causally related to acupuncture was 1.3%.

Can acupuncture affect the childbirth?

Acupuncture during pregnancy appears to be associated with few AEs when correctly applied. Randomized controlled trial was conducted with 607 healthy women in labor at term who received acupuncture, TENS, or traditional analgesics. Use of pharmacological and invasive methods was significantly lower in the acupuncture group (acupuncture vs traditional, p < 0.001; acupuncture vs TENS, p = 0.031). Pain scores were comparable. Acupuncture did not influence the duration of labor or the use of oxytocin. Acupuncture reduced the need for pharmacological and invasive methods during delivery. Acupuncture is a good supplement to existing pain relief methods.

Are acupuncture needles reused?

The acupuncture needles most commonly used in the present-day practice are made of stainless steel and are pre-packaged and sterilized.
In China, it is very common to have acupuncture done with non-disposable needles. They do clean the needles in a alcohol based substance to help sterilize them but many times it does not work properly. A reused needle could expose you to various diseases such as hepatitis and bacterial infections. Every needle that is used, comes from a sealed package that is opened when you come in for a treatment and once you are done, the needle is disposed in a proper bio hazard sharps container. Even though they do it in China, North American acupuncturist will never reuse acupuncture needles. Simply because it is not that much more expensive to purchase the disposable needles and they would rather not risk your health.

Do you have a headache after acupuncture?

In other words, you may experience mild bruising and a headache after acupuncture, while another person may report lightheadedness and nausea.
It is possible that, in a subset of individuals, headaches may be triggered as a result of directly stimulating the head – especially if needles were inserted too deeply and/or if excessive pressure was applied upon insertion. In other cases, stimulation of highly-sensitive areas of the head such as the face (lips, cheeks, forehead) or scalp may cause you to tense up during your entire session, and this prolonged tension may lead to a headache.

Does acupuncture also affect the removal of neck cramps?

Acupuncture is a helpful and effective natural method to reduce neck muscle spasms. According to the Medical Acupuncture website, stimulation via acupuncture needle results in an immediate relaxation of tight muscles, due to the effects of the micro-trauma to the surface of the muscle receiving treatment. Once the muscle relaxes, this will cause a reduction in the degree of muscle spasm, which allows the practitioner to optimally stretch the affected neck muscle or muscle group.

Does acupuncture play a role in reducing anxiety?

Diet also plays an important part in the treatment of anxiety. Too much refined sugars, for example, can cause wild fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can significantly affect one’s mood and mental health. They also deplete B vitamins from the body, which can affect the nervous system.
Symptoms of anxiety may include muscle tension, trembling, feeling restless or on edge, fast heartbeat, tachycardia, fast or troubled breathing, stomach upset, difficulty concentrating, headache, sweating, fatigue, irritability, and trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. By inserting needles into the acupuncture points, which lie at specific predetermined anatomical locations on these channels, we stimulate body’s energy (Qi) to start the healing process and assist it to restore its natural balance. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

Do acupuncture needles cause allergy?

It is well known that acupuncture can effectively treat allergic diseases. However, since the 1970s, have been reported, the use of injection, moxibustion, acupuncture and other methods of bee, the body can induce varying degrees of allergic reactions occur. Although the prognosis is usually good, but sometimes there may be heavier syndromes noteworthy. Recently, some simple application cents acupuncture or electro-acupuncture cause allergic reactions reported.
the physical reasons for the leading cause of allergic reactions in patients with allergies themselves, many have asthma, urticaria, or a history of multiple drug allergies to pollen. the reason drugs generally refer to acupoint injection sensitization. And the injection of liquid contained in the relevant allergens, including herbal preparations can cause allergic reactions
most acupuncture needles are stainless steel, which means they likely have nickel in them.

Is acupuncture painful?

A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture. A feeling of sharpness from an acupuncture needle occasionally happens; it’s nothing to worry about. However, acupuncture should be a comfortable experience. Most acupuncturists want their patients to speak up about any discomfort during the treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe for Kids?

We are often asked ‘is acupuncture safe for kids?’ The answer is a resounding – yes! Chinese medicine is wonderful for all ages and stages of life, from newborns to the elderly. We may use acupuncture on children as young as one-year-old, however, the technique is much different than it is when used in adults. The needles used are much smaller and we do not retain the needles for very long, if at all. Sometimes babies and toddlers receive acupuncture while nursing or having a bottle. Often times parents will bring snacks or a book to occupy the child. For adolescents and young adults, the needles may be retained for 5, 10, or 15 minutes.

Can Acupuncture Be Used to Treat Infertility?

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility. An individual could benefit from acupuncture because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.

How long will the treatment last?

Generally, your first visit is longer than your followup visits or at the very least it entails quite a bit of questioning. Some practitioners will not treat at all on the first visit, while others have very succinct questions and begin treating once they have made a diagnosis. After the needles are inserted you are usually left to rest for a period of 10 – 45 minutes. Within some styles, the needles are inserted quickly and removed immediately and in others, they are left in for a longer period of time. Most people feel fairly relaxed during this period and many simply fall asleep.

How Sports Acupuncture Works for Athletes?

Athletes all over the world are turning to sports acupuncture to help them avoid getting hurt and to promote recovery when an injury is sustained. Sports acupuncture is used to speed healing, relieve pain, and increase muscle strength and stamina. Sports acupuncturists aim to bring the body back to balance by understanding the compensation patterns presenting with each sports-specific movement and injury. This allows them to help with injury prevention, optimal performance, and faster recovery.

Do you suffer from dizziness after acupuncture?

It’s common to experience lightheadedness and dizziness after a comprehensive treatment, but you can also have these symptoms after more limited ones that focus on points in the ears or scalp. It usually isn’t an unpleasant sensation, although it can be disorienting. It’s a result of renewed energy flow through previously blocked meridians and rarely lasts longer than an hour. Dizziness after acupuncture could be a cause for concern if accompanied by more than mild nausea. If you feel sick to your stomach or have severe vertigo, it is more likely due to pre-existing conditions than it is to the acupuncture treatment.

 

Does acupuncture affect stress relief?

electroacupuncture—in which a mild electric current is transmitted through the needles—was just as effective as fluoxetine (the generic name of Prozac) in reducing symptoms of depression. For six weeks, patients underwent either electroacupuncture five times weekly or a standard daily dose of fluoxetine. But the acupuncture began to work faster, reducing symptoms more dramatically at weeks two and four than the drug did.

Does acupuncture have side effects?

The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner. Possible side effects and complications include:

  • After acupuncture, you might have soreness, minor bleeding or bruising at the needle sites. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. However, big trigger point releases can cause residual soreness that lasts a few days. Most acupuncturists will warn you about this before you leave your appointment.
  • Organ injury. If the needles are pushed in too deeply, they could puncture an internal organ — particularly a lung. This is an extremely rare complication in the hands of an experienced practitioner.
  • Licensed acupuncturists are required to use sterile, disposable needles. A reused needle could expose you to diseases, such as hepatitis.
  • Feeling fatigued after acupuncture is not cause for concern, but it is a warning sign that you need to rest.

Is acupuncture effective in treating sciatic nerve pain?

A total of 12 studies (involving 1842 participants) were included. Results showed that acupuncture was more effective than conventional Western medicine (CWM) in outcomes effectiveness, pain intensity, and pain threshold. As a result, we found that the use of acupuncture may be more effective than drugs and may enhance the effect of drugs for patients with sciatica. acupuncture may more effectively relieve leg pain/lumbago and improve global assessment of sciatica when compared with NSAID (ibuprofen, meloxicam, and diclofenac) treatment.

Does acupuncture help to eliminate anxiety?

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, neuropeptide Y and ACTH; hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states. Reversing pathological changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with stress reactions.

How does Acne acupuncture treatment work?

Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate the nervous system and release neurochemical messenger modules. These result in biochemical processes that, in general, positively influence the body’s homeostatic mechanism and bring about complete mental and physical wellness. When certain pressure points on the body are stimulated, specific areas of brain associated with reduction in pain and stress are stimulated for overall health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture acne points are specific from person to person and depend on the factors that are causing the acne. For example, some acne may arise from hormonal issues; still others might come from excess stress or bad diet. Hence the acne acupuncture treatment points also differ.

Which types of skin concerns may be addressed by Acupuncture?

Cosmetic embedding Acupuncture is can be helpful in the treatment of acne, rosacea, sun damage, dehydration and other skin concerns when combined with topical skin care and other treatments at our clinic.

How is Acupuncture therapy used for chronic pain relief

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific “acupoints." This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood. Endorphins is the pleasure-inducing, painkilling chemicals that saturate the brain and numb pain signals. Acupuncture patients say their chronic pain episodes become less frequent and less intense over time, with regular, long-term sessions. Acupuncture seems to provide modest benefits over usual care for patients with diverse sources of chronic pain.

How safe are catgut embedding lift procedures?

Thread lift procedures are very safe when performed by a suitably trained and qualified medical aesthetics practitioner and with knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the area, to be treated and the correct technique. Polydioxanone threads have a proven safety record in suturing procedures.

How long will a catgut embedding Lift last?

It is reasonable to expect improvement for 2 years. Further threads can be placed later to reproduce the improvement.

Do you suffer from dizziness after acupuncture?

It’s common to experience lightheadedness and dizziness after a comprehensive treatment, but you can also have these symptoms after more limited ones that focus on points in the ears or scalp. It usually isn’t an unpleasant sensation, although it can be disorienting. It’s a result of renewed energy flow through previously blocked meridians and rarely lasts longer than an hour. Dizziness after acupuncture could be a cause for concern if accompanied by more than mild nausea. If you feel sick to your stomach or have severe vertigo, it is more likely due to pre-existing conditions than it is to the acupuncture treatment.

 

How long does catgut embedding take?

Insertion of the threads takes up to an hour to complete.

What should I expect after catgut embedding?

As with any cosmetic treatment, there might be some temporary swelling, redness or bruising. This usually passes within a couple of days. Results take around 4-6 weeks to fully develop. We will arrange a review 2 weeks after treatment to check on the progress, a further review after a month and a final appointment after 3 months, where before and after photographs will be compared and a top-up treatment provided if necessary.

Any special after catgut embedding-care requirements?

We recommend:

  1. avoid other facial/beauty treatments for 2 weeks
  2. avoid dental work for a month
  3. avoid exercise for 2 weeks and contact sports for the first 4 weeks

Does catgut embedding hurt?

It is surprisingly comfortable – patients describe a stinging sensation, similar to acupuncture. If required, the procedure can be carried out using a local anesthetic. Painkillers may also be used.

Is catgut embedding just for the face?

PDO threads can be applied on the body too and can help with a number of areas:

  1. Lifting and rejuvenating loose abdominal skin (tummy).
  2. Lifting of breast tissue.
  3. Regenerating the decolletage.
  4. Lifting buttocks.
  5. Shoulders, forearm, elbows, calves or knees.

Is it possible to increase metabolism with acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine views the metabolism as the smooth and abundant movement of subtle energies throughout the body, also called qi. Injury and stress can disrupt the flow of qi. Certain foods are recommended to boost the flow of qi, including yams, cooked grains and seafood. The theory of Chinese medicine is that the qi circulates through the body using meridians, and each meridian corresponds to a different internal organ. Meridians have pressure points, and it’s believed that massaging one of these points in a small, circular motion can help release any blocked qi on the meridian, which in turn releases tension in the related organ. Pressing and holding the point draws qi into the channel to invigorate the organ. Thus, acupuncture is believed to help improve the work of internal organs to increase their activity, possibly leading to a faster metabolism and supplemental weight loss.

Is acupuncture treatment temporary?

Most find complete and permanent recovery within five to ten treatments, while some experience immediate relief. Stop smoking treatments usually require two treatments. Where the condition is serious, of long duration, and the person is weak, more treatments may be needed and/or recovery may be only partial. A small percentage does not respond to acupuncture. The success of Acupuncture does not rely upon your “belief” in Acupuncture and skepticism is fine. Acupuncture is used extensively on animals who do not “believe.” You do need to want to get well and your actions are needed in certain lifestyle changes to help the process. Acupuncture helps your body heal itself.

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