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Treatment

Conditions

A list of conditions that are often treated with Chinese medicine and which we often see in our clinic.

FAQ

Answers to common questions about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

How to choose an Acupuncturist

How to choose an acupuncturist with the right qualifications and who will be right for you.

New Mobile Acupuncture!

By popular demand we are bringing our award winning acupuncture directly to you.

Hours and Location

We are open Monday through Saturday, 8am to 8pm.

We are now located at 1507 Huguenot Road ste 200 in Midlothian Virginia 23113 (just around the corner from Best Buy (in the blue building 2nd floor)).

And our North side location 4100 Brook Road Ste. A, 23227.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It involves the use of needles to stimulate points on the body to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Are Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine the same thing?

No, Acupuncture is just one of the tools that make up Chinese medicine. We practice Chinese Medicine which consists of many modalities including acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, moxabustion, shiatsu massage, tuina massage, and Eastern dietary nutrition. Chinese medicine stands on its own as a complete medicine that has been growing, changing, and improving since its start over 5000 years ago.

Why should I try acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used as an alternative or a compliment to western medicine. It has been shown in numerous scientific trials to be very safe and effective. There are generally no side effects associated with acupuncture. Acupuncture respects the body's innate and powerful ability to heal. The basis for acupuncture healing is balance. If the body is in proper balance it will heal itself. Acupuncture attempts to set the body back in balance allowing it to heal and thus achieving a condition of wellness.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are hair-thin so they enter the skin very quickly. Unlike needles used for injections they are solid and do not have a cutting edge. So, there is minor if any uncomfortable sensation when an acupuncture needle is inserted. Acupuncture is a relaxing experience and should any needle cause discomfort, it will be adjusted or removed.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is very safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. If the needles are inserted by a trained professional, it is very unlikely that any damage to the skin or internal organs will result.

Does acupuncture work?

Yes, there have been many scientific studies that show acupuncture to be highly effective for a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is part of mainstream medical care in many other countries and is one of the fastest growing types of alternative medicine in the US. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a long list of conditions that it says acupuncture treats effectively.

How does it work?

There are many theories about acupuncture's effects on the body. Some think it stimulates the nervous or immune system causing endorphin release or immune cells to react. In the East, acupuncture is thought to stimulate certain energy pathways in the body directly affecting the skin, muscles, hormones and organs.

What is an acupuncture session like?

Most acupuncture sessions will last about an hour to an hour and a half though the first session can last up to two hours. The session starts with several minutes of questions as well as some simple diagnostics such as looking at the tongue and taking the pulse. The patient will then lie on a massage table while the needles are inserted in various points on the body. After insertion of the needles, the patient will relax on the table for about twenty to thirty minutes. Depending on the condition and treatment strategy, the patient may be turned over and needles inserted on the opposite side. After the needles are removed the practitioner discusses Chinese herbal options as well as Eastern dietary protocols. After the session the patient will feel very relaxed for the remainder of the day and will usually sleep very well.

Are there any side-effects?

There are generally no side-effects associated with an acupuncture treatment. Usually a patient will feel very good and relaxed afterwards.

How often do I need to come in?

Generally, patients will come in for an acupuncture treatment once a week until the illness is resolved then patients may follow-up with visits for maintenance of health. In certain cases such as very acute injuries, it may be beneficial to come in more often to expedite healing.

How do you incorporate Chinese herbs into your practice?

We have found that taking herbs between acupuncture treatments is very helpful in speeding recovery. The formulas we use are both effective and safe, most of them based on formulations that have been in use for hundreds of years. The herb sources we use are from high quality, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) factories which are all internationally certified. Like acupuncture, chinese herbal formulas generally have no side effects. Some people choose to only do chinese herbs instead of acupuncture and this too can be a very effective approach.