Who can have acupuncture/cupping treatment?

Anyone can benefit from acupuncture and cupping. Adults and kids can have acupuncture or cupping with very limited contraindications. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and cupping are methods for regulating and balancing the flow of chi or qi (chee), which is thought to pass along meridian pathways in the body. Acupuncturists believe that by placing needles in particular locations along these meridians, your energy flow will be restored to equilibrium. So, whether you want specific treatments for specific conditions or just want to improve your lifestyle, acupuncture and cupping are beneficial for balancing your body, boosting your immune system, relaxing your muscles, and reducing stress.

What kinds of conditions can be treated?

Acupuncture can treat a variety of medical conditions including and
not limited to the following,

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD

Upper Respiratory Tract:
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common Cold
  • Acute Tonsillitis

Respiratory System:
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders:
  • Spasms of the esophagus and cardia
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroparesis.
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders:
  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ)
  • Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months)
  • Pareses following a stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early sage i.e. within six months)
  • Meniere's disease
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • "Frozen shoulder"
  • "Tennis elbow"
  • Sciatica
  • Low-back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Facial rejuvenation

National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following:
  • Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
  • Dental pain after surgery
  • Addiction
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma

It may also help with stroke rehabilitation.

What happens on my first visit?

1st visit
During the initial acupuncture session, the acupuncturist will take a thorough history, perform a physical examination, and begin an acupuncture prescription (treatment plan) that is unique to each individual. Utilize diagnostic tools that are specific to traditional Chinese medicine, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis. Initial visits generally last from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the complexity of the health concern presented. Follow-up appointments range from 45 to 60 minutes.

It is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit. Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs, or alcohol for up to six hours after your visit. Write down any questions you may have and make note of any pain or symptoms you may have on the day of your visit.

During acupuncture treatment, the patient is generally asked to lie on the treatment table. The skin is cleaned with an alcohol swab to prepare for needling. All needles used during treatment are sterile and
disposable. The acupuncturist will concentrate on specific acupoints along the meridian pathways based on the patient's issues and symptoms. Once the needle is inserted, it is generally left in the body for 15-30 minutes, allowing time for the therapeutic effect to occur.

The therapeutic effect of needling relates to the movement of qi (pronounced "chee") or vital energy. This is a subjective sensation felt both by the practitioner and the patient. At the end of the treatment, the needle is removed from the patient, and the acupoint is compressed with a sterile cotton swab. Depending on the condition being treated, other forms of acupuncture could also be used, such as moxibustion (acupuncture with heat) and acupressure techniques.

Does it hurt?

While the experience will be different for everyone, acupuncture usually doesn't cause pain. This can vary due to your level of pain tolerance and overall sensitivity. The needles used are about the width of a human hair. Most people don't feel any pain.

Is it safe?

Generally according to the World Health Organization statement, acupuncture treatment is safe if it is performed by a licensed and well trained practitioner. Unlike several drug therapies, it is relatively non-toxic with minimal side effects.

What if I'm afraid of needles?

Acupuncturists have many treatment modalities to treat an array of issues. Using acupuncture needles is just one of many things they can do. Below are many of the other non needle modalities that acupuncturists can use to treat your condition,

Cupping, there are different kind of cuppings.

  • Gua Sha
  • Tui Na
  • Pressures points
  • E-stim
  • Moxa

How many treatments do I need?

It is fairly impossible to predict how quickly any one person's body will respond to acupuncture, Everyone is an individual, and it takes the body time to adjust naturally, and initiate the healing process. The goal is to encourage the body to return to health naturally. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity.

In general, it's common to receive 8-12 treatments to see improvements, but some people could see improvement sooner. from 1-3 sessions. For others, it might take longer than 12 sessions. It is determined by the condition being treated and its severity, the length of time your condition has been present, and your daily routine.

How often do I need to have a treatment?

A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The frequency of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity.

What is BodyRight?

BodyRight is a new treatment series to transform the body layer by layer, utilizing two world-class body treatments that address three key aspects of the body (tissue, muscle, and skin laxity). Who is the ideal patient for BodyRight? BodyRight is for everyBODY looking to tone muscle, target deep tissue, and/or tighten skin. Consult your provider for a list of contradictions.

What areas can be treated?

The key treatment areas include abdomen, arms, inner/outer thighs, back of the legs, and buttocks.

How many sessions are needed?

A BodyRight treatment series consists of 5 PHYSIQ treatments plus 3 Virtue DeepRF treatments. This may vary based on your goals. Your provider will create a treatment plan with you during your consult.

Is there downtime with BodyRight?

There is no downtime with PHYSIQ treatments. With Virtue DeepRF, expect micro scabs to persist for approximately 2 weeks after each treatment. Once resolved, you may proceed with PHYSIQ/DeepRF treatment(s).

How often are treatments performed?

The BodyRight series takes approximately 12 weeks. Virtue DeepRF is performed every 4 weeks, with PHYSIQ layered in between.

How long will it take to see results?

While results will be seen at the end of the treatment, optimal results will be seen 3 to 6 weeks after completion of the series. For more information, please consult your provider