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1. What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a ancient healing modality which has been applied in the clinic to maintain health and prevent and treat diseases for more than five thousand years. It includes acupuncture, natural herbal medicine, Tui-na (Chinese massage), moxibustion, cupping and auricular acupuncture. Natural, effective, safe, and few or no side effect are characteristics of TCM.

2. What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the complex branches of TCM.  Very fine, sterile and disposable needles are inserted into the specific energetic points on the body to stimulate a healing energy flow and restore the normal balance of chi/qi, so the organs and body systems can work together in harmony as intended.

  Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible. Some patients experience a pinch-like sensation briefly upon needle insertion, other patients doesn’t.  There may be a feeling of distention, tightness or soreness around the needle, the qi sensation.

4. Is Acupuncture safe?

Definitely safe. We always follow the national Clean Needle Technique (CNT) standards. The acupuncture needles we use are sterilized by the manufacturer and are disposed of after each treatment.

5. Are there any negative side effects of Acupuncture?

Studies show that 70% of patients feel an immediate response to treatment. Slight bruising at certain insertion points is the most common side effect. However, in traditional Chinese medicine, this is viewed as a positive side effect: the blood accumulation and re-absorption into the system at certain meridian points helps prolong the positive stimulation of qi.

6. How does the TCM practitioner or acupuncturist diagnose patients?
Each patient is diagnosed according to the'Four Examinations,” a method of diagnosis which dates back over three thousand years: Observing, Listening / Smelling, Questioning and Palpating.  After gathering all the information from patients through these examinations, the practitioner will analyze it based on the theory of TCM, such as Yin and Yang balance, five elements, Chi/Qi, and the pattern differentiation or diagnosis derived from it, such as deficiency of Chi, excess of Yang or Chi stagnation. The treatment is based on the diagnosis, either to restore the balance of Ying and yang or to boost the Chi/Qi and its free flow. TCM diagnostic terms mostly describe the organ's functional condition in TCM theory rather than real pathological changes. From aWestern medical view.  

7. How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of each individual's issues.  A general course of treatment is ten sessions. Some may require only half or one course of treatment while some may need few more courses. However, the patient can expect that their major complaint will be addressed and treated in a direct and timely manner.
For treatment of gynecological disorder or fertility issues, a course of treatment is three menstrual cycles.  While some may just need one course of treatment, others may need two or three courses of treatment. We have patients who have achieved the desired result after just one cycle of treatment, so they don’t need three cycles.

8. What should I do before and during the treatment?
Before the treatment
 try to avoid becoming excessively fatigued, hungry, or over nervous. It is best to eat something within a few hours of the treatment.  During the treatment, try your best to relax and meditate. Please do not change your position or move suddenly.

9. What can I expect after the treatment?

Most of patients felt very relaxed right after the treatment. Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Chinese medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress.

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