Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is a complete health care tradition that dates back 3,000 years yet remains effective today. It is a means of strengthening the body, which can be weakened by modern-day stress and environmental hazards. Rather than treating symptoms as western medicine does, Chinese medicine focuses on strengthening your own vital energy (Chi) so that your body can heal itself.

Although traditional Chinese medicine uses many approaches, including diet, exercise, and massage, its cornerstones are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Herbs provide the internal treatment for strengthening the body, while acupuncture is Chinese medicine's most frequently used external treatment. Two associated treatments are moxibustion and cupping, both used to improve circulation.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

Before each treatment, Dr. Rakela will evaluate your health by asking you questions about how you feel. She may ask to feel your pulse and examine your tongue, and she may perform some orthopedic tests to evaluate your muscular-skeletal condition or injury. Read more details about needle description, other treatments and what to expect.

Number and Frequency of Treatments

Each patient is unique. The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while others may take four to ten treatments. More details.

How is Chinese Herbal Medicine Used?

Chinese herbal medicine enhances the effect of acupuncture and can also be used alone to alleviate symptoms, to restore balance and promote healing. Chinese herbs are most often used together in a formula rather than single herbs. More details.

Many Chinese herbs are safe to take with medications. Some herbs do have interactions with specific medication. You will be evaluated for any drug and herbal medicine interaction before prescribing a formula. Please bring a list of your medications and supplements with you to your appointment.

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