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Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

FREQUENTLY ASKED ACUPUNCTURE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete, holistic, form of medicine. It was originated in ancient China and has grown and evolved over thousands of years. There is an underlying belief that the mind, body, and spirit are an integrated whole, not just an assortment of parts needing individual treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine includes many modalities like acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, diet and lifestyle advice, qi gong, and tai chi. The goal and aim of TCM is to bring the body into balance so all the systems are working together harmoniously. When the body is in harmony, sickness will cease to exist. Traditional Chinese Medicine is an effective tool in prevention, and the treatment of pain, internal disorders, and mental emotional health.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a centuries old form of health care. It utilizes fine needles inserted into specific points. The goal of acupuncture is to restore balance and establish homeostasis within the body. Although Acupuncture needles are the primary tool of this system, other methods can be incorporated such as cupping, moxabustion, gua sha, tai qi, and diet therapy.

Guasha: Also known as scraping or in the Chiropractic world it is similar to the Graston Technique. It is a technique that uses a flat object with a thin rounded edge that is dragged along the skin to release facia and muscle fiber adherences. It is also traditionally used to release and relieve colds and toxins built up in the body. There is often a reddening of the skin that is similar to the marks left behind by cupping. These will resolve in 2-5 days and although the skin may feel tight there is no pain.

Herbal Therapy: In Chinese Medicine herbs can be a powerful and necessary tool on the road to health. There are hundreds of herbs and formulas, each with a specific targeted purpose. It is important to consult with a practitioner before taking Chinese herbs. Some herbs are very good for particular condition but can be harmful if used too long or for the wrong condition. A practitioner will do an intake to see what formula would be best for you and also to assess any interactions with medications you are already on.

Diet Therapy: Although it sounds simple the best kind of medicine can be food. We will look at your current state of health and diet to come up with a diet plan best suited for you.

Acupuncture FAQ

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a centuries old form of health care. It utilizes fine needlesinserted into specific points. The goal of acupuncture is to restore balanceand establish homeostasis within the body. Although Acupuncture needles are the primary tool of this system, other methods can be incorporated such as cupping, moxabustion, guasha, tai qi, and diet therapy.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, when administered by a licensed Acupuncturist it is exceptionally safe. Patients may experience slight bruising, temporary numbness in certain areas, or light-headedness. The needles used for acupuncture are single use only meaning that after one use the needles are disposed of safely.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No, the sensation from acupuncture needles is very different from the sensation you feel when you get a flu shot. The reason for this is the needles used for acupuncture are incredibly fine and are not hollow like hospital needles. Having said this, acupuncture is not totally sensationless. Often patients feel heaviness or an awareness of warmth. When done well acupuncture relaxes the mind and body leaving the patient much more calm and relaxed.

What is Acupuncture Good For?

Acupuncture in itself is complete system and is a great adjunct to other forms of medicine. Although it is most well-known to treat pain, it can also be effective for many different conditions including but not limited to:

  • Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • PMS
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Stress management
  • Stroke
  • Weak immunity

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment length will vary depending on many factors, and is quite unique to each person. Recommended length is 5-10 treatments once or twice a week. Some patients will see results in one or two treatments while others will see slow steady progress.

Is Acupuncture covered by my extended health plan?

Acupuncture is covered by most health insurance / extended health benefits. Some plans cover the treatment cost to a maximum set amount, while others will cover a percentage of each visit. However, each insurance provider has different coverage and approval based on which Acupuncture Associations they've chosen to accept. To know if your treatments from Dan Hoffman will be covered under your health plan, please contact your insurance provider, prior to your first treatment.


***Acupuncture is covered by most health insurance plans, but each insurance provider has different coverage and approval based on which Acupuncture Associations they've chosen to accept.  To know if your treatments from Dan will be covered under your health plan, please contact your insurance provider, prior to your first treatment.***