Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice dating back up to 5000 years in China that involves the gentle insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body's surface. Although there are several modern-day theories as to how acupuncture functions, the ancient Chinese believed that acupuncture triggers the body's own self-healing mechanisms by balancing the flow of Qi or vital energy in the body. Qi is said to flow along specific pathways, known as channels or meridians which travel throughout the body surface and interior. Most acupuncture points are located along these pathways and act as gateways through which imbalances in the body's energies can be corrected. The effects of acupuncture can be further amplified through herbal supplements, which are often paired in practice.
Acupuncture can be performed on patients of all ages and for a variety of medical conditions. For weight loss in particular, the following list provides an overview of how acupuncture can fit into your weight-loss treatment.
An initial session with an acupuncturist involves a thorough evaluation, including both a physical exam and a detailed discussion of your case and medical history. The traditional method of diagnosis includes examination of the tongue and pulse, in addition to palpation (pressing) of different regions of the body. Once the acupuncturist decides on a diagnosis and treatment plan, the actual treatment may begin.
Once a regimen has been decided, stainless-steel, pre-sterilized, single-use disposable needles are inserted through the skin at specific points on the body. These needles are smaller than hypodermic needles and rarely elicit pain, with the occasional exception of a pinprick sensation upon insertion.
Once a needle is inserted, the patient may feel a characteristic, temporary needling sensation act or near the point, which may include such feelings of fullness, pressure, warmth, tingling, or heaviness. These sensations are not painful and are interpreted as a signal that the body's healing mechanisms have been activated, much like turning on a light switch.
The needles are generally left in place for 15-50 minutes, although the specific time varies according to the patient's condition and intended procedure.
Most risks associated with acupuncture stem from malpractice or lack of experience. At Ione, all acupuncturists have been certified.
The course of treatment varies depending on several factors, including the severity and nature of the patient’s condition. A typical course of treatment may involve 6-12 sessions, although for chronic ailments a longer period of treatment may be necessary. Initially you may receive 2 to 3 treatments per week, and then as the condition improves the frequency of treatment may be adjusted gradually. Most patients typically show improvement after just a few treatments, although each person responds differently. The treatment strategy may be modified as the patient's condition improved or changes during the course of treatment.
Costs will vary upon the scope and length of treatment. A written quote can be provided upon professional consultation at one of our clinics.
Dr. Midas is committed to providing the highest standard of care and service to our patients. If affordability is an issue, financing options can also be discussed. Feel free to contact us whenever further questions or concerns arise. Our professional staff will be happy to assist you in resolving such matters immediately.