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About Acupuncture

Treatment Procedures

Cupping

Above - An example of cupping with acupuncture

Modern acupuncture needles are stainless steel, and are between one-half and three inches long, ultra-fine, and quite flexible. They are pre-sterilized, non-toxic, and disposable (single-use). When the needles are tapped into the skin, there may not be any sensation. Much depends on the location (hands and feet tend to be more sensitive), the condition being treated, and the acupuncturist's technique. Needles are typically placed in several acu-points and are usually left in about 20 to 40 minutes. The goal is to normalize the circulation of Qi and blood by stimulating the energy point, which encourages the body's natural healing process. Stimulation can be done by rotating the needles manually or attaching electrodes to send a weak electric current through the needles (electroacupuncture).

The number of treatments needed depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your health condition. Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition, while a series of five to 15 treatments may be needed to resolve chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatments over a long period of time.

Other techniques may include moxibustion (burning herbs to heat acu-points), cupping (suction), auricular therapy (ear acupuncture), tui na (Asian massage), and acupressure.

Patients should evaluate their progress after each session. Some relief should be apparent in two or three sessions, or six to eight sessions for more pervasive conditions. If you see encouraging signs, stick with it. Ask your practitioner questions about your treatment and improvement. If your response to treatment is not satisfactory, the practitioner may consider further diagnostic exams, modify the treatment plan, or refer to an appropriate practitioner, if necessary.

From the Consumer's Guide to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Acupuncture Board

 
 

 

DR. MARCIA STEINGRABER, DAOM, L.Ac, Dipl.OM
NCCAOM certification in herbology, biomedicine, foundations of OM, acupuncture and point location Email Marcia for Appointment

National Cert # 114075

Illinois Lic # 198.001225

Ohio Lic # 0000262

California Lic # AC 12921

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Doctor of Acupuncture and Eatern Medicine specializing in Family Medicine and Pain Management