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Understanding What is Acupuncture

1)  ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES

Complying with international standards, only disposable needles are used in this clinic.  No needles are shared or reused.

 

2) COMMON SENSATIONS DURING/AFTER ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

During an acupuncture session, patients might experience soreness and/or numbness in areas where the needles are being inserted.  This is a natural reaction of the body on the intrusion of a foreign object.  It is also based on this principle, that acupuncture stimulates and hence, induces the body to perform self-repair (healing) functions.  In some cases, strong stimulation is necessary and when this happens, an ‘electrifying’ sensation could be felt.  However, if the sensation is too strong or unbearable, it is important that patients alert the attending physician immediately.

Sensitive Patient may experience nausea, or superficial bleeding or tenderness on the acupuncture areas or encounter superficial hematomas (bruises) after treatment. This is considered normal and it will usually disappear after a few days.

In addition, moxibution and cupping might also yield the same effects.  As the condition of individual body’s varies, the extent of which, the body reacts to needle stimulation and the duration of these effects will also differ.

 

3) ANCIENT NEEDLE TECHNIQUE

Hook needle, charn needling and hot needling are kinds of ancient therapy. These therapies are commonly used on patients whose conditions require stronger stimulation, such as those suffering from chronic diseases and persistent problems and do often produce greater sensation than normal acupuncture treatments. These treatment methods involve applying strong stimulation on selected acu-points to remove blockage, promote positive re-growth and strengthen the immune system that will destroy the disease and prevent recurrence.

These methods are only performed upon special requests by patients or under the recommendation of our physicians. Before commencing such treatments, the physician will give further explanation and advice to the patient.

 

4) CASES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE COURSE ARRANGEMENT

Fever, flu, common cold, acute sore throat, cough, headache, stiff neck, twisted of wrist, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, insomnia etc. Normally required 1 – 3 treatments.

 

5) CASES THAT REQUIRE A COURSE OR MORE TREATMENTS FOR EFFECTIVENESS

Chronic headache, migraine, tinnitus, bronchitis, asthma, shortness of breath, dyspnoea, vertigo, mental disturbance, depression eczema, menopause syndromes, dermatomyositis. Required 2 – 3 courses with daily 1 or 2 treatments. Prevention treatments may be recommended.

Otorrhea, otitis media, rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, hey fever, chronic pharyngitis, chronic laryngitis, urticaria, herpes zoster, chronic gastritis, chronic colitis and diseases of gynecology. Required 10 – 15 sittings on alternate day. Prevention treatments may be recommended.

Neurological disorders, rheumatology and orthopaedic disorder, stroke-paralysis, neuritis, neuralgia, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, post-operative pain syndromes etc. Require a course of 15 sittings and prevention treatments are needed.

All patients will be given reading materials to help them gained further understanding on their cases.

Duration of standard treatment is about 15 – 20 minutes, full treatment about 30 – 40 minutes.

The estimated time needed to complete an acupuncture session on a new patient’s first visit is about 1 hour.  This includes waiting time, special acupuncture diagnosis, treatment time, explication of treatment procedures and basic TCM concepts governing patients’ complaints, and questions & answers session.

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