How do I choose the right acupuncturist?

It’s important to make the right choice, and choosing your healthcare practitioner can be a very personal thing.  Many acupuncturists offer free consultations.  This way, you can come in, meet the acupuncturist and ask them any questions you may have.  If the acupuncturist doesn’t offer a free consultation, you can call and either talk to them over the phone or ask their secretary any questions you may have.  Depending on what you are looking for will help you decide when you find it.

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What happens after the acupuncture needles are inserted?

After the needles are inserted into the acupuncture points, the acupuncturist will leave you in the room.  The first few sessions, you will be checked on regularly to make sure everything is OK.  Once you are comfortable with resting without disruption, or if you feel confident you can call for someone if you need something than you will be left alone to rest anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes depending on your condition.

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Does Acupuncture Hurt?

At River Oaks Wellness Center, great care is used to purchase the finest quality needles. They are FDA approved and are branded to be on the ‘quest to painless’. One way to describe getting acupuncture is like getting a hair plucked or a slight pinch.

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How often do I need acupuncture?

This number really depends. It depends on your age, fitness level, health, diet, extent of your condition, length you’ve had your condition and the amount of conditions you have. For some people, all they need is two treatments and they’re ‘fixed’ for a year. For others, they may receive 4 or 5 treatments, but don’t follow through with the suggested amount of sessions and they end up with the same problem again.

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Is there a way I can get treated without needles?

Depending on the condition will depend on which form of treatment will work the best.  Acupuncture, herbs, Chinese medical massage, qi gong (energy work), and Chinese dietary therapy are all different ways to achieve results that are similar.  Each practice has its own strengths and weaknesses.

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How long has acupuncture been practiced?

The number differs depending on who you are asking, but acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been practiced from 2,500-4,000 years ago. These forms of medicine have been studied, tested, researched, and perfected in their own ways.

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People talk about meridians and qi, yin, yang, what are they?

Meridians, qi, yin, and yang are all elements of TCM. You do not have to understand any of this to be able to benefit from the treatments.

Meridians: Imagine, if you will, rivers with specified paths circulating throughout the body. The paths of the rivers do not change. To be more specific, these are rivers of energy, as science has not been able to find these pathways on an autopsied body, yet, when using the right tools, you can measure higher levels of energy (frequency) coming out of designated pathways and acupuncture points.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?


There are two very important elements that help acupuncture to work as effective as it does. One is in the diagnosis. And the second is in the treatment.

The diagnosis is achieved by taking into consideration a patient’s signs and symptoms. Signs are things that can be seen or felt, for example: a person’s breath, the color of the whites of someone’s eyes, how loud or quiet one’s voice is, or bruises on the skin.

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What exactly is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

One way to understand Traditional Chinese Medicine (otherwise referred to as TCM) is by looking at a writer in the movie industry. When he is telling his story, he will use different elements of action, drama, comedy, pacing, and so forth. He could write with a lot of one element and little of another. The end product will differ depending on the amounts of each elements used, but each product will still be a movie.

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What is Acupuncture?

Simply put, acupuncture is a form of medicine.  It is used to treat many types of conditions with the use of very fine needles that are placed in very specific locations.  An acupuncturists studies the art and practice of acupuncture and …

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