Acupuncture FAQ

Acupuncture

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture allows Qi and blood to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. Modern Western medicine cannot completely explain how acupuncture works, however, several studies support Chinese methodology.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Some patients feel nothing at all, however many may experience a slight aching, heaviness, distention, tingling, warmth or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling along the affected meridian.

How do I get diagnosed?

Practitioners of Chinese medicine diagnose what is out of balance in a person’s body through four examinations. First, he or she will ask about the patient’s symptoms, medical history and the course of the disease. Next, the practitioner will visually inspect the patient’s face and body concentrating especially on the patient’s tongue and its coating. Third, he or she will listen to the patient’s breathing, smell for any unusual body odors and look for any apparent excretions. Finally, the practitioner will palpate various areas of the body, especially the wrists, to determine the patient’s pulses and their strength. Assembly of this information will lead the practitioner to some conclusions and dictate a course of treatment.

How do I choose an acupuncturist?

You should ask about where the practitioner was trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice and what experience the practitioner has in treating your specific ailment. Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession in Colorado. Be sure the practitioner you choose is licensed and ask if they are board certified by NCCAOM. Those who have passed this exam are entitled to add the designation of Dipl.Ac. (Diplomate of Acupuncture) after his or her name.