Bay Oriental Medical Clinic - Antioch
Painless Acupuncture & Acupressure
Q & A
Q: what do you expect during first visit?
A: The first visit usually begins with practitioner taking a detailed health history and reviewing your present condition. Physical
examination is conducted, your pulse taken and your tongue examined according to the Chinese Medicine diagnostic system. Then
practitioner will discuss your health history and current complaints, including any Western diagnoses and lab results you may already
have, as well as any current pharmaceutical drugs you are recurrently taking. Using all of the information, practitioner will determine
the cause of your problem at a Chinese medical diagnosis. Once a thorough intake has been completed, diagnosis and treatment plan
determined, any remaining time will be devoted to a treatment and you will receive an acupuncture treatment at this time.
Treatments usually consist of acupuncture including electric stimulation or foot reflexology or medical massage(acupressure) or other
modalities such as cupping, hot/cold herb infiltration pack and moxibustion. Finally practitioner may provide you herbal consultation
and recommendations for Qigong therapeutic exercise and nutrition if necessary. Practitioner may discuss your diet, lifestyle, stress,
sleep, et al. and set a treatment plan that works best with your health needs and lifestyle.
Q: What do I need to do to prepare for acupuncture treatment?
stomach or drink alcohol prior to treatment. It also best to avoid receiving treatment immediately after a heavy meal.
Q: What diseases can Acupuncture treat?
promoting health and well-being,
treating various medical conditions.
While acupuncture is often used in pain control, it also has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effectively used
separately or integrated with Western Medicine in treating many medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization and
the National Institutes for Health regard Acupuncture as useful way in the treatment of:
Chronic and Acute Pain - Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia,
Neurological Disorders - Post-stroke recovery, Bell's Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders, neuropathy,
Upper Respiratory Disorders - Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu,
Digestive Disorders - Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers,
Urinary, Menstrual, and Reproductive Disorders - Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility (male and female), menopausal symptoms,
Immune Function - Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients,
Addictions - Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs,
Eye and Ear Disorders - Tinnitus, Meniere's disease,
Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia,
Tension, stress and emotional conditions.
A more comprehensive list of the conditions we treat can be found here.
Q: How does acupuncture work?
substances called throughout the body which are related to the organs and tendino-muscular system. When the body is in good
health, energy flow & vital substances are balanced and consistent. However, when energy flow is disrupted or vital substances is in
stasis / deficiency due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, or other factors, pain and illness result.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points of the body to adjust imbalance of Qi & Xue by promoting
them where their flow are slow, circulating them where their flow are impeded, reducing them where they are in excess, and drawing
them into areas where they are insufficient. In this way, acupuncture restores the balance of Qi & Xue throughout the body, and the
body will recover soon.
Modern western science can not explain how acupuncture works but it has been shown empirically effective to heal the illness over
thousands of years. A lot of scientific studies are investigated in recent years to provide evidence of effectiveness of Acupuncture
treatment and elucidate its mechanisms in western scientific terms.
Q: Who can benefit from acupuncture treatment?
to move towards a state of balance and harmony at any stage of life with acupuncture treatment. Many people receive acupuncture
treatment as a way to keep their body in good health and balance. It is absolutely not necessary to wait until you have a complaint
before looking for acupuncturist. One of the great strengths in acupuncture is its ability to prevent disease by removing the effects of
everyday stress and imbalances in the body at early stage before a symptom generally arises as a last-stage effect of a long term
accumulation of stresses and imbalances in the body. In TCM, elimination of the symptom is not just the goal of treatment, the
greater value in using acupuncture is to restore the body to optimal balance state and maintain it there.
Q: Are there any specific acupuncture points which cure specific disease?
A: This is a common misconception about acupuncture that there are specific acupuncture points that cure specific diseases. In fact,
the acupuncture points selected are focusing and targeting on the individual, not for disease. It is more accurate to say that there are
specific acupuncture points which cure specific imbalances rather than disease. Two patients with the same illness or symptoms may
have totally different imbalances, therefore totally different acupuncture points selected.
Q: Can children be treated with acupuncture?
fine and painlessly inserted. Children respond very well to acupuncture treatment which can help them through the common
childhood illnesses in a way that supports their ongoing growth and health at that stage.
Q: Is acupuncture good for the elderly?
Very often elderly patients experience symptoms which are not being taken seriously at this stage of life and are told it is normal to
have these symptoms when they age. Using acupuncture, many of these so-called symptoms can be removed in the elderly. A body
at any age can be adjusted to its balance using acupuncture, and this is also true when we age.
Q: Can pregnant women receive acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine?
Q: Is acupuncture safe?
Q: Is it painful when performing acupuncture?
Q: How many treatments will I need?
Q: Is it benefit to include in acupuncture maintenance program?
A: It is recommended that you seriously consider including regular acupuncture maintenance in your health care program. By receiving regular acupuncture treatments to maintain balance in the body, you can avoid developing serious symptoms in the future and sustain greater vitality. Some people receive monthly acupuncture treatment to stay in balance. At minimum, four acupuncture treatments a year at the change of seasons are also effective in supporting the immune system and keeping you healthy.
We will work with you to look at the most effective way to heal your condition and maintain your health, and make recommendations in accordance with your financial and time requirements.
Q: Are there different styles of acupuncture?
Q: Can Acupuncture be used for Sports Injuries and Performance Enhancement?
Athletes all over the world use acupuncture as a drug-free performance enhancement.
Acupuncture has effects which can be used for Sports Injuries :
Decrease the amount of swelling, inflammation, pain and bruising.
Relax muscle spasms and stop the associated pain.
Decrease healing time dramatically and recover soon.
Increase the range of motion of joints and muscles around the area of the knees, ankles, fingers, neck, back or
shoulders and promote their functions.
Tea herbs which are simmered to make a strong, medicinal tea
Powder or granule herbs which are just added in warm water
Tablet or capsule herbs
Q: How are Chinese herbs taken?