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What is Qi (pronounced "chee") and how does it relate to my health?
- Einstein demonstrated to the world that everything is made up of energy. Quantum Physics continues to provide undisputed proof that everything inside each individual is an intelligent, energetic system that has the capability of maintaining and healing the mind, body and spirit. It is this powerful energy the practitioner works with when you come in for a treatment. This energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) is called Qi (pronounced chee).
- In TCM, Qi is the life force flowing through all things.
- Qi is ENERGY
- Qi is the most basic substance of all things contained in life.
- Qi flows in channels in the body and connects to specific organ systems. (Think of the channels as rivers or streams).
- In TCM, when the Qi in the channels is blocked or unbalanced, illnesses occur. (Much like when a river is blocked by a beaver, it can become stuck and obstruct the flow).
- Acupuncture and other Chinese Medicines can unblock the channels and help to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
What should I expect on my first visit?
- Your first visit will last from 60-90 minutes.
- The practitioner will gather a detailed health history, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you have regarding Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
- You will be asked questions about your current health, your health history, your lifestyle and emotional well-being.
- The practitioner may utilize traditional pulse and tongue reading to finalize and determine a treatment plan.
- You will relax on the treatment table while the practitioner gives you a treatment using acupuncture needles.
- After the treatment, you will have time to discuss anything that may have come up for you during the treatment.
- The practitioner will discuss treatment plan and follow up appointments that may be beneficial.
How many treatments will I need?
- You are an unique individual. The number of treatments varies from one individual to another. TCM helps with long term, chronic issues as well as immediate issues. The longer a person has had a condition, the longer it may take to rebalance the body. Most people begin to notice improvement after the first visit and will have marked improvement in symptoms after just 4-6 weeks.
What illnesses and conditions can TCM and Acupuncture treat?
- TCM and acupuncture are designed to treat many acute and chronic conditions.
- Evidenced-based studies have consistently shown TCM and Acupuncture are effective treatments for conditions and symptoms such as nausea, dry mouth caused by neck and throat cancer, depression, insomnia and other sleep issues, pre and post menopausal symptoms, childhood persistent rhinitis, morning sickness, and back pain.
- TCM and Acupuncture have been used successfully to treat acute and chronic ailments for over 5,000 years. TCM and Acupuncture can treat most symptoms and conditions. Talk to your practitioner for specific details regarding symptoms and conditions you may be experiencing.
Are there any contraindications for acupuncture?
- If the person has a hemophilic condition.
- If the person is pregnant, there are certain points and needle manipulations that should not be used.
- If the person is experiencing psychosis due to a chronic and persistent mental illness. If the person is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Are there side effects to acupuncture treatments?
- Acupuncture is extremely safe. Side effects rarely occur.
- In rare cases, the individual may experience light headedness and mild nausea. Discuss any experiences you have right away with the practitioner.
- Discuss any concerns you may have with the practitioner prior to a treatment.
Do the needles hurt?
- Needle insertion by a trained practitioner can be painless.
- If there is some discomfort, it typically lasts for only a brief moment.
- You are encouraged to discuss any concerns you have with the practitioner to be sure you are comfortable.
Are the needles clean?
- At River Point Acupuncture, disposable sterile needles for each treatment are used and are discarded immediately after use. Best medical practices are utilized and all needles are placed in a sharps container to be properly disposed of at a medical establishment.
What type of training does an acupuncturist have?
- Acupuncturists receive three to four years of rigorous graduate level education with 1,750 or more hours of didactic and clinical training, resulting in a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. All acupuncturists must pass a comprehensive board exam and meet strict guidelines to maintain state licensure. Your acupuncturist at River Point Acupuncture also has a BSN in nursing and has 20 years of experience working in the medical field.
How do I get the most out of my treatments?
- Follow any recommendations provided to you by the practitioner.
- Between visits, keep track of any changes you experience such as pain level, sleep pattern and energy level.
- Keep your appointments. Each treatment builds on the previous treatments.
- Show up on time.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Refrain from eating large meals before your treatment.
- Drink a lot of water after your treatment.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol or participating in rigorous activity directly after your treatment.
- Discuss any questions or concerns that arise with your practitioner.