Acupuncture is a highly effective system of medical care based on natural laws, which govern the movement of vital energy (also called "Qi") in the body. This energy moves through the body in channels called meridians, supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When the Qi becomes imbalanced, physical and emotional symptoms can appear. The Acupuncturist identifies the underlying causes of symptoms, viewing them as pieces of the puzzle that represent a small portion of the whole person. The gentle insertions of very thin needles at Acupuncture points along the channels of energy help restore balance to the body, mind and spirit at a very deep and meaningful level. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients frequently report personal transformation that serves their continued growth and healing.

The following are frequently asked questions. For further information please contact us at (410) 932.0090 or email us.

Q: What takes place in a typical Acupuncture session?
A: The first visit lasts approximately 2 hours. During this initial session, your acupuncturist will ask you many questions about your lifestyle, your medical history, and other issues that you believe are impacting your current state of health. Your practitioner will also perform a physical examination. The goal of this visit is to get to know you and your current state of health, so that a plan of care can be tailored to your unique needs. A needle treatment may or may not be performed, depending upon the amount of time your practitioner needs to perform the complete evaluation. Subsequent visits include brief discussion to determine how you are progressing toward your health goals, followed by a needle treatment. Your practitioner will insert the needles into acupuncture points on your body, and will generally leave them in for 20 to 45 minutes while you rest quietly. Many people feel so relaxed that they fall asleep while the needles are in the body.

Q: Does Acupuncture hurt?
A: Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, approximately the thickness of two human hairs. There is generally no sensation when they are inserted into the skin. When the needle connects with the energy or Qi, there is often a sensation of aching, pressure, or even chills that travels along the surface of the body. Any sensation of discomfort quickly disperses, and patients often report feeling drowsy or calm while the needles are retained in the body. Many patients, who formerly had a fear of needles, have been reported to say, "That was it? I can't believe I was so nervous about the needles."

Q: Is there risk of infection with Acupuncture?
A: No. We use sterilized, disposable needles for all of our treatments. We use one needle per insertion and then dispose of it immediately. All East-West Healing Arts practitioners have been certified in clean needle technique and follow Universal Precautions.

Q: Why would I see an Acupuncturist?
A: The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture's ability to treat many common disorders. Most people seek acupuncture treatment for relief of physical symptoms or illnesses. Because Chinese medicine does not make a clear distinction between physical, mental and emotional problems, patients often find that they begin to feel healthier at all levels of the mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to work with you to achieve overall health, in addition to the resolution of symptoms. Acupuncture is ultimately serving you when you begin to view your symptoms as teachers, and understanding that life choices have a tremendous impact on overall health.

Q: Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?
A: Many insurance companies are beginning to cover acupuncture treatment, in whole or in part. Because we believe strongly that our resources are best utilized in direct patient care, we ask that patients submit their own claims for reimbursement. Patients pay us at the time of service, and we provide all necessary forms to facilitate insurance reimbursement.

Q: Is Acupuncture effective at treating addictions such as smoking, alcohol or overeating?
A: Addictions, regardless of the substance, are symptoms of imbalance within the body. In most cases, the addiction is self-medication for other underlying issues. Acupuncture can treat the problems that lead to the addiction, ultimately reducing the need for the addictive behavior. Our practitioners are trained in the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Auricular (ear) Acupuncture protocols, which have been found to be tremendously successful in reducing cravings, lessening withdrawal symptoms, and assisting patients in maintaining addiction-free lifestyles.

Q: How do I know it is working?
A: The results of Acupuncture treatment vary depending upon the individual. For some, the results are immediate and profound. For others, the changes are more subtle, occurring over time. In our experience, most patients will quickly experience improved sleep and a general feeling of increased well-being. Many patients report that they are not as troubled by their usual stressors. Over time, physical symptoms begin to disappear, often without the patient knowing. It is not uncommon for someone to say, "Wow, I forgot that I was ever troubled by that symptom!"

Q: Do I have to be sick to get Acupuncture?
A: Absolutely not! In fact, the ancient Chinese paid their doctors when they were well, and stopped paying them when they got sick. Acupuncture can help to maintain the balance of energy in the body to prevent future illness, and to move you to a deeper state of wellness, on a mind, body and spirit level.

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