Qi (pronoucned "chee") is your energy, the vital life force that courses through your body. Your Qi is in constant motion unless it becomes blocked, which could cause pain. Deficient Qi might make you very fatigued and rebellious Qi could make you burp a lot. There is an old Chinese expression that says if you have free movement, you have no pain, but if you have pain, you have no free movement. This means that pain is associated with a blockage or inflammation that slows down the flow and causes a stagnation.
Acupuncture can release the flow.
Don't confuse Acupuncture needles with your physician's hypodermic needles. They are as different as the sun and the moon. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single packaged, one use, a little thicker than the diameter of a hair, flexible, and solid stainless steel. After one use they are discarded into a hard plastic sharps container never to be used again.
As far as treatments go, most patients will either lay down or sit in a recliner for about 30 minutes, others may need 45 minutes to an hour of treatment time. It really depends upon what the patient needs. Most patients tend to take a nap while they are being treated, they awaken refreshed, rested and relieved.
You'll need to fill out the paperwork (downloadable at the bottom of this column) and bring it with you. You can bring medical reports and x-rays if you feel it would help. I set aside 60 minutes to talk to you about your medical history, medications, habits, diet, lifestyle, work and general life questions. We speak about your disorder and the impact it has on your life. What you expect from acupuncture and how you can improve your Quality of Life.
After all of this, I will look at your tongue and listen to your pulses, give you an idea of what we are confronted with treating and give you a 30 - 60 minute treatment based on all I've found and what we've discussed.
Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing, nothing tight fitting. It is also necessary for you to eat a couple of hours prior to your appointment, please, not sitting in your car before you come in. The Qi from the food needs to circulate in order for it to be useful. If you come for a treatment on an empty stomach there won't be enough Qi to effectively treat your problem and you will most likely walk away dissatisfied.
Please do not come for a treatment after drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or after having sex as these tend to scatter the Qi making it difficult for any lasting results.
Pain is physical, emotional, or mental and becomes interchangeable if left unattended. Pain can come in intermittent waves, be intensely constant, or just annoying. Pain can sap your strength, destroy your patience, disable your concentration, and generally disrupts your life as it impacts on every aspect of quality. Pain is a recalcitrant child with horrible timing.
Pain is usually rated on a scale between 0 and 10 with 10 being the worst pain. Pain may be recreated with certain movements. Pain is a symptom of a greater disorder.
Pain can also be accepted, given a personality, a specific look and as being part of the moment, embraced, which rounds the intensity of pain. Some give their pain a name, a color, and a sound.