Acupuncture is a very effective method in medical use. It has been practised in China for over 5000 years, and also been well used in many other Asian countries. Acupuncture is not only used for curing the disease but also used for maintaining human's beauty.

The Questions about Acupuncture

Question: What is acupunture?

Answer: Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 2000 years. Recently their location has been confirmed by electromagnetic reserch.

Question: What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

Answer: The World Health Organization has publicly announced that acupuncture is suitable for treating the following:

1. Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, gingivitis, acute or chronic otitis, acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, nasal catarrh, and acute tonsillitis

2. Respiratory Disorders

Bronchial asthma ( in children or adults when uncomplicated)

3.Gastrointestinal Disorders

Esophageal and cardio spasm, hiccup, gastroptosis, acute or chronic gastritis, sour stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, acute or chronic colonitis, acute bacillary dysentery, constipation, diarrhea, and paralytic ileus

4. Eye Disorders

Acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, nearsightedness (in children), and cataracts without complications

5. Neurological and Muscular Disorders

Headaches, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paralysis ( within the first 3-6 months), post-stroke paresis, peripheral neuritis, neurological bladder dysfunction, bed wetting, intercostal neuralgia, cervical syndrome, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis

In addition, acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to treat a host of other problems, such as knee pain, sprains and strains, and most gynecological complaints.

Question: How deep do the needles go?

Answer: That depends upon the nature of the problem, the underlying anatomy of the points selected, the patient's size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist's style or school. In general, needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1" in depth.

Question: Does it hurt?

Answer: In Chinese, acupuncture is bu tong, painless. However, if the correct stimulus of the needles has been obtained, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or travelling up or down the affected energy pathway or meridain. In English, these sensations may be categorized by some people as types of pain, which they are not in Chinese. In any case, if there is any discomfort, it is usually mild.

Question: Are the needles clean?

Answer: Most acupuncturists in Australia today use presterilized, individually pakaged, disposable needles thus absolutely assuring that there is no transmission of communicable disease from patient to patient due to contaminated needles. The National Commision for the Certification of Acupuncturists does include a Clean Needle Test as part of every national board exam for acupuncturists in America.

Question: Do acupuncturists only insert needles?

Answer: No. As an integral part of what in English is called acupuncture, most practitioners are also trained to use a number of adjunctive therapies. These typically include moxibustion, which is the burning of the herb Artemisia vulgaris sinensis over the effected area to warm it, cupping, electronic stimulation, magnetotherapy, and various types of massage, such as acupressure, Shiatsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and/or Tuina Chinese remedial massage.

Question: How does acupuncture work?

Answer: That's a big question. Traditionally, acupuncuture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (Blood) through discrete channels or meridians which traverse the body similar but not identical to the nervous and blood circulatory systems. According to this theory, acupuncture regulates this flow of Qi shunting it to those areas where it is Deficient and draining it from where it is Excess. Thus acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body, In Chinese there is a famous dictum, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no fre flow." Essentially acupuncture promotes the free and balanced flow of Qi and Blood.

Question: Are there different styles of acupuncture?

Answer: Yes, there are. Acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and America. In different countries, different styles have developed based on differing opinions as to theory and technique. Patients should query potential practitioners as to their particular style and orientation and should ascertain if that style is appropriate for the treatment of their individual ailment.

Question: What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?

Answer: Acupuncture is a licensed an regulated healthcare profession in most states. In those where it is licensed, patients hould first of all ensure themselves that the potential practitioner is licensed. In those states which do not currenctly require licensing, patients should seek practitioners who are national board certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Acupuncturists having passed this exam usually append Dipl. Ac.(NCCA) after their names. In addtion, patients should inquire about where the practitioner was trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient's specific ailment. And, beyond intelligently checking a practitioner's professional credentials, the best assurance is word of mouth from satisfied patients.

Question: How many treatments will I need?

Answer: That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of each individual's complaint. Generally from five to twelve treatments are adequate for the majority of chronic ailments. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment and some degenerative conditions may require scores of treatments. However, the patient has the right to expect that their major complain will be addressed and treated in a direct and timely manner.

Question: Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?

Answer: Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment.

Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility fo bacterial infection.
In order to prevent loss, do not wear jewelry.
Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one-piece dresses. Avoid wearing tight stockings.
Avoid treatment when excessivly fatigued, hungery, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.

Question: Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?

Answer: Yes, again.

There's no need to be frightened. RELAX. Relaxation is something that connot be overemphasized.
If you experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during treatment this is known as needle shock. Immediately inform your practitioner and they will withdraw the needles. Needle shock is primarily due to anxiety in first-time patients. It rarely happens if the patient is t pain or treated lying down.
Feel free to let your practitioner know of any pain or burning sensations experienced during acupuncture or moxibustion. If you find acupuncture or electro-acupuncture unbearable at any point during treatment, be sure to speak up so that proper adjustments can be made.
Do not change your position or move suddenly.

Question: What can I expect after treatment?

Answer: One may experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some of the pain may return. In a few cases, the pain may seem even worse. This is called the rebound effect. By the next day, the pain can be expected to gradually improve. Often the most dramatic results are experienced in the first treatment. However, one should see further incremental improvement after each subsequent treatment. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to experience the pain diminish over the next couple of days.

Acupuncture increases bone strength by improving mass and structure in established osteoporosis after ovariectomy in rats.

The effects of acupuncture on bone biomechanical properties and histomorphometry in ovariectomized (OVX) rats were studied. Twenty-four 8-week-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to three groups: sham, model and acupuncture. Rats in the model and acupuncture groups were ovariectomized, while those in the sham group underwent a sham operation. All rats were anesthetized and fastened for 15 minutes, and for the acupuncture group, needling on Pishu (BL20) and Shenshu (BL23) was performed.Blood and urine were collected to measure serum osteocalcin (OC) and urinary calcium,phosphorus or deoxypyridinoline (Dpd). After 16 weeks of treatment, all the rats were killed and their tibiae and femora were removed. The tibiae were used for analyses of bone histomorphometry and the femora for a three-point bending test. Acupuncture gave significant protection against ovariectomy-caused decline on femoral strength in the mechanical test, increased the trabecular bone volume and thickness, lowered the trabecular separation of tibiae and restricted the excretion of phosphorus and Dpd, while promoting the concentrations of serum osteocalcin as compared with model rats. These results seemed to indicate that acupuncture on the points of Pishu (BL20) and Shenshu (BL23) not only promoted the bone formation but also suppressed the bone resorption induced by OVX in osteoporotic rats, which suggests that it would be a potentially useful and convenient method in preventing osteoporosis.