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“Acupuncture” is a word made up of the Latin word “acus.” Which means needle, and the English word “puncture.” The general term for acupuncture in Chinese is “Zhenjiu.” “Zhen” is the art of needling while “jiu” means moxibustion, or heat treatment. In Chinese, both words are always together to mean acupuncture; however, when the term was translated into English, only the first half of the meaning was used. Thus, the term acupuncture is actually misleading because it fails to include moxibustion, the other half of the treatment involved. Acupuncture treatment involves the use of needles and/or moxibustion (the burning of a cone of dried artemisia vulgaries on acupoints) for the prevention and treatment of diseases. This method was discovered and developed by the Chinese, and it has a history that is four to five thousand years old. The application of these needles and or moxa to certain points on the body can produce specific functional changes that can achieve certain therapeutic results. Most acupuncture treatments are rendered with needles along with some unusual illnesses may require the use of both points known as acupoints. These acupoints have been identified along many pathways (known as meridians) inside and outside the body.


What acupuncture can do is just too numerous.  The World Health Organization Inter-Regional Study Seminar recommended acupuncture treatment for about forty kinds of diseases, including neural, muscular, and gastrointestinal disorders, and disorders of the mouth, eye, and respiratory system.  The Jao Guoru's Cumulative Clinical Experiences on Acupuncture published in China in 1979, it lists three hundred kinds of diseases and medical problems that can be treated by acupuncture with different levels of success.

How Deep Are The Needles Inserted?
It depends on where the needles are to be inserted.  For ear acupuncture, the needles barely make it to penetrate the skin. But if a needle is being inserted into the hip to treat sciatica, it can be several inches into the muscle.  Furthermore, deeper insertion will be required for large size or heavier patients.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and there is no single answer that is universally accepted. According to traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, “Qi” (pronounced “chi”) is the key word that explains “how” and “why” acupuncture works. “Qi,” or like energy, is invisible and immeasurable. The life energy is driven by Yin and Yang forces to every part of the body through channels called meridians. When there is a free flow of this life energy in the body, there is perfect health. However, if the interplay of Yin and Yang forces is interrupted or thrown off balance, then problems will occur of ailments will find their way into the body. Acupuncture treatments have the capacity of returning the energy flow to the normal condition. They can thereby eliminate problems of ailments.

In the last few decades, the Chinese have tried diligently to identify the principles by which acupuncture works. Many experiments have been conducted on rabbits, rats, dogs, and cats. Some experiments have revealed that acupuncture treatments affect brain functions in various ways, also capable of returning organ functions to normalcy. They can also affect the endocrine system and raise one’s immune system.

The acupuncture points are located along the peripheral nerve pathways which have the greater electric conductivity. When acupuncture needles are inserted into the acupoints, a small electrical current is generated. This current travels along through these peripheral nerve pathways to the spinal cord and to the brain. The hormones called endorphins and anti-inflammatory substances can be produced. These block pain and muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, and enhance circulation. All these stimulate the body to heal itself.

Can More Than  One Ailment Be Treated At The Same Time?
Yes. There is almost no limit to the number of ailments that can be treated at a given time if the physical positions allow. For example, a person can have headache, sinus, arthritis, and knee problem, all treated at the same time except physical weak patients.. There is no evidence of slow or poor treatment result from multiple ailment treatments. 

What Treatment Intervals Are Most Realistic And Economical?
The name of the game is to achieve the most benefits with the least number of treatments.  We have known  acupuncturists who require patients to take treatments every day or every other days  for a week or two. Of course, there is no harm in having one treatment after the other.  But as improvement will continue for a few days, it is not a good deal for the patient to have a cluster of real close tsreatments. .As a general guideline, two treatments  per week can normally produce better result. For patients with paralysis or chronic problems, more frequent treatment may be more desirable or even necessary.  Whatever the number of treatment or their frequency , it is always better to have treatments closer together,  and once a week is already a bit too far apart.

How Soon After An Treatment Can One Expect Results?
It varies. For most pain problems, results are usually immediate.  That is to say, a person may come to a clinic with pain and he or she may be able to leave with less pair or no pain. However, with some chronic problems, quite a few treatments may be required before result can be expected.

After many thousands of years of practice and countless treatments, accidents have been rare considering the great number of treatments that have been administered. Most recorded acupuncture accidents took place in China and were related to carelessness and ignorance.

There are no known allergic reactions, habit formations, or other dangerous side effects. Sterile disposable needles and antiseptic techniques can eliminate the risk of infection.

We at Beijing Acupuncture Clinic were among the first to use disposable needles only so there should be no worries of contracting any infectious diseases at all.

Is there any pain involved when an acupuncture needle is being inserted?
Virtually any needle inserted into the body will be felt and a minimum level of pain will be experienced.  On the whole, the pain that a patient experiences in an acupuncture  treatment is generally much less than what is feared or expected.  In addition, there will be different levels of pain to be felt as different persons may have different levels of pain tolerance as well as different levels of sensitivity to pain, not to mention the same person may even experience different levels of pain from time to time and from treatment to treatment, but never too bad.

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