Frequently Asked Questions
- Can acupuncture help with weight loss? How? Stats?
- Can acupuncture help someone that wants to quit smoking?
- Can acupuncture help fertility in men and women?
- Does it work for arthritis?
- Does it hurt?
- How long and how often?
- How do you handle acupuncture on children?
- What can acupuncture do for confidence, sense of self, etc.
- What are the top 3 issues that are best treated via Chinese medicine
- Anxiety and depression
- Almost any issue of the mind, body, or spirit.
- What can acupuncture do for sports injury
- What can acupuncture do for fatigue?
- What options are available for someone who is nervous about acupuncture?
- Would you recommend someone to come to you before they have an issue? What would you do for maintenance care?
Acupuncture can certainly help with weight loss by improving the functioning of the body’s internal organs in terms of metabolism. Also, there are certain points on the ear that are utilized to induce appetite suppression. The stats of the effectiveness of acupuncture and weight loss can be seen here http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v27/n4/full/0802254a.html . One thing to keep in mind when it comes to acupuncture is that every treatment is individualized for each patient. A person who has gained weight due to stress eating will get a different treatment compared to a person who has gained weight due to poor metabolic functioning.
Acupuncture can help someone that wants to quit smoking by helping reduce cravings, treating the root reason of why that person is smoking (i.e., stress, anxiety, fear, etc), and helping to strengthen the body to deal with the toxic effects caused by long term tobacco use. It has been shown that people who use acupuncture to quit smoking, or any bad habit for that matter, will have less irritability, better moods, reduced cravings and better quality sleep. These treatments will only work if a person is committed to quitting smoking. If you would like to learn more about how Acupuncture works to help quit smoking, click on the link below.
Acupuncture can be a great choice for both men and women when it comes to fertility. Before a person comes in to get treated for infertility issues, we highly recommend you see a physician first to see if there are any physical/structural issues preventing infertility. If that is not the case, Chinese Medicine help in a variety of ways ranging from: improving sperm motility, regulating menstruation, treating erectile dysfunction, improving the emotions of both partners, etc. There are many different ways to treat infertility and it is important for both partners to come to these treatments and it is important for us to work with your primary physician, in order to help us get you fertile.
It definitely works for arthritis, however the results are dependent on the severity. Even with severe joint deformities, acupuncture can still reduce arthritic pains.
Acupuncture does not hurt for most people. The vast majority of people will feel close to nothing, while a small percentage who are extremely sensitive will feel a momentary “pinch” as the needles are inserted. Also, there may be a slight discomfort with the stimulation of needles, which are stimulated based on practitioner preference and severity of the presenting symptoms. This needle stimulation can produce a feeling of electricity flowing through the body, slight numbness, tingling, or dull achy pain.
How long and how often really depends on how long you have had the disease, what the root cause of the disease is, if there are any dietary or life style changes that you can make to help with the outcome, your compliance on taking herbs, etc. For a disease that has manifested over twenty years of neglect, it could take months. For a recent sports injury that was sustained by someone in very great shape, it could take just one treatment.
Depending on how old the child is we have many different tools that we utilize. For infants and children under 5, we have specialized tools that can accomplish the same results of acupuncture without needle insertion or pain. For children older than 5 we can use a thinner needle, but if they are still too sensitive we can use the specialized tools that are used on younger children. Also like everything we treat at our clinic, we will give you “homework” to follow, herbs, dietary and lifestyle modifications, and other remedies to help with whatever ails your child.
Acupuncture can help treat issues both the mind and body. Needles in certain areas can reduce anxiety and stress, which can take its toll on confidence and sense of self. It really depends on the root cause of why a patient has these issues and Chinese Medicine looks for the root cause, whether it is sourced from a physical, mental, or spiritual source.
Chinese Medicine may not be the best choice for a select few conditions, however the herbs, acupuncture, dietary advice, and meditation techniques, together will make an impact on the symptoms of almost any issue.
Acupuncture can help sports injuries in multiple ways. For one, the needles will improve blood flow into the local area to speed up recovery/healing time. Two, needles in certain areas can help increase range of motion after the tissues of the injury have repaired. Three, it can reduce inflammation and pain in any area of the body which will also improve healing time. Besides just utilizing acupuncture, we recommend taking herbs, making dietary changes, and will offer advice on mindful movements, all to prevent future sports injuries
Acupuncture can treat fatigue by improving metabolic functioning, and regulating the energies within the body. What will also help treat fatigue are the herbal formulas that we utilize in our medicine. Like any condition, the root cause of the fatigue can be different from person to person and each case will be handled differently.
There are many options available. One option could be an initial treatment with fewer needles, another option could call for cupping, tuina, ear seeds, herbs, following dietary and lifestyle advice, etc. We have many different options for a person who is nervous about acupuncture, but we will try our best to answer and all of your questions before hand to give you the peace of mind to receive acupuncture.
It really depends on the issue, but acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help treat or slow down the progression of many different issues. There is a saying in Chinese Medicine that goes: the inferior physician treats a disease when it is most severe when the results are the most noticeable, the better physician treats a disease when it first starts to prevent the condition from getting worse, and the superior physician prevents diseases before they even start. At Acupuncture Associates of Castle Rock, we all strive to be the superior physician and maintenance care/prevention all depends on healthy the patient is when they first come in.