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              Chinese medicine . Acupuncture . Energy therapies          

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How acupuncture works in a nutshell...

Acupuncture is a treatment method in Chinese medicine which uses very fine medical grade needles to activate specific energy points in the body. The needles work on the matrix of energy channels that cover our entire body. The functions of the needles are to circulate qi (energy) and blood, to disperse blockages, and guide energy to where it needs to go for the intended healing purpose. On average 8-10 acupuncture points are needled in a treatment session and they can be found on the head, face, ears, trunk, limbs, hands, feet, front or back of the body.   Acupuncture FAQs

Does it hurt?

This is a commonly asked question about acupuncture, however there is no standard answer because every person has different pain threshold and response. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine. Some points are more sensitive than others depending on the areas of the body. Our acupuncturist is ready to coach and assist patient should any discomfort arise. Rest assured that you are not alone in this process. Generally, acupuncture is tolerable. And with repeated treatments, most patients grow accustomed to the sensations of the needles and their initial anxiety about needles also dissipates.


When can you expect to see improvement?

Everyone responds differently to a treatment depending on the nature and severity of the condition being treated, other pre-existing conditions that can have bearing on the recuperative power of the individual, and patient's compliance to the treatment regimen. There is not one standard gauge that measures all people equally. Based on the experiences at our clinic, the majority of patients feel improvement within the week of the first treatment. The acupuncture effects are cumulative, therefore the likelihood of increasing improvement is expected as patient goes through the course of treatment and stays firmly with the treatment plan.

Conditions Treatable with Acupuncture:

Does acupuncture work? Case Documentation

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Case 1:  This was a case of drug allergic reaction to steroids. This patient was given a high-dose injection of steroids which caused severe outbreak of rashes on her legs as shown in the photos, as well as intense itch. These photos were taken the day before and after patient's treatments at our clinic.

After three sessions of acupuncture and daily intake of herbs for three weeks, the rashes and itch went away by at least 90%.


Case 2:  Diabetic non-healing sores on knee and shin. Diabetic sores are dangerous as they are notoriously slow to heal and spread rapidly. When reached the bone, amputation of limb is inevitable. This patient's leg was on the verge of being amputated when these photos were taken. At this point, patient came to our clinic with the hope of avoiding amputation.

Patient was put on a 30-day regimen: acupuncture 5 days a week for weeks 1 & 2  and 3 days a week for weeks 3 & 4, daily intake of herbs for 4 weeks. After 30 days, the lesions healed and patient's leg was saved from amputation.