NINA'S NAIL, SKIN & HAIR
Although acupuncture is thousands and thousands of years old, it may be new to you. The following information is a brief and general explanation of acupuncture and the Acupuncture Services we offer.
Certain questions on how acupuncture can benefit you specifically can only be answered through a dialogue with you because of your specific health situation.
We encourage you to ask questions and research acupuncture.
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What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a complete and holistic medical system.
An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body's Qi
(pronounced "chee") and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power and your body's own immune defenses as well as promoting physical and emotional health.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical issues as well as to maintain and promote a healthy body.
What Will My Acupuncturist Do?
During the initial exam, a full health history will be taken, including your current symptoms, health and lifestyle.
You may also discuss with your Acupuncturist the need for an examination of your pulse/heartrate, the health of your tongue, and a physical exam.
This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehnsive diagnosis of your condition - where your Qi
may be blocked or imbalanced.
After the interview process, you are ready to receive an Acupuncture Treatment immeidately or at a later date. These treatments may last from 30 to 90 minutes.
What is Qi and How Does It Travel?
At the core of the philosophy of acupuncture, Qi
(pronounced "chee") is the vital energy or "Life Energy" that flows throughout your body. Qi animates your body and protects it from illness, physical pain and disease.
Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians
. There are 14 main meridian pathways throughout your body; each connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers – where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes. In the same way, meridian pathways transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in your body.
An obstruction of Qi anywhere on your body is like a dam in a river, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in other areas. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that your body requires to function optimally.
How Is Qi Restored?
Qi is restored through acupuncture when the Acupuncturist places fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along your meridian pathways. This safe and painless treatment can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Qi is then restored and flows freely throughout the body providing its vital nourishment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; other may take months or longer to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually require longer to resolve than acute conditions. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to realize significant changes.
What Are The Qualifications Of Our Acupuncturist?
Acupuncturists receive three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.
Is Acupuncture Safe For Children?
- Yes! In some instances, children actually respond more quickly than adults. Any aversion to needles is handled when your acupuncturist applies Tui Na
to the acupuncture points.
What is Tui Na?
- Tui Na translates as "push grasp". It is a massage technique that moves Qi in various parts of the body. It is used to relieve muscle pain, tension and inflammation, and to heal injuries.
What Is Cupping?
- Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, neck pain and the common cold. In this therapy, your acupuncturist will place small glass or plastic "cups" over specific areas on your body. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction.
What is Gwa Sha?
- Gwa Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension, tightness and constriction. A specialized tool is used to gently scrape or rube the skin over a problem area. Gwa Sha feels a bit like deep massage.
What is Moxibustion?
- Moxibustion is a treatment that uses an herb called "mugwort". It is a treatment used to prepare acupuncture points or other areas in order to quicken the healing process.
Why Did My Acupuncturist Recommend Herbs?
- Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess issues such as a cold, fever or acute pain. Your acupuncturist may suggest starting with herbs and adding acupuncture to your treatment. This is suggested when you need to build up your internal strength so that you can receive the full benefits acupuncture has to offer.