FAQs

  • What is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at certain areas to manipulate energy or Qi. Acupuncture clears areas of the body that have excess, and draws Qi into areas where it is deficient. In this way, Acupuncture reestablishes balance throughout the body, and through this balance, the body is able to heal itself.Acupuncture treats a variety of conditions. Diseases that acupuncture can treat based on category include: Neurological conditions, Respiratory conditions, Cardiovascular conditions, Gastrointestinal conditions, OB/GYN conditions, Addictions, Psychological conditions, and many more.

     

  • Who Can Benefit From Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is safe and is beneficial to people of all ages and all stages of wellness or disease. People suffering from a wide range of disorders can gain relief from their suffering using acupuncture. Many people receive acupuncture treatment as a way to ensure that their body will continue to maintain good health and balance. It is not necessary to wait until you have a complaint before receiving acupuncture treatment. Pregnant women can also receive acupuncture.

     

  • What is Integrative Medicine?

    Integrative medicine is the act of providing care using conventional Western medicine techniques with alternative Eastern medicine techniques to improve patient care.

     

  • Is Acupuncture Safe?

    When performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. All needles used are sterile, disposable and used only once. There is minimal chance of getting an infection as a result of an acupuncture treatment. The needles are usually inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth depending on the location of the body and the size of the patient. The needles are retained in position for 15-30 minutes. The needles never go deep into the organ layer of the body, but they can go into the muscle layer of the body. In some cases, a small blood vessel may be punctured and a small bruise may appear for a few days after treatment. Occasionally, patients may experience a slight light- headedness or a “high” feeling  immediately after treatment which resolves within minutes.

     

  • Is Acupuncture Painful?

    Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, and insertion of them is usually painless. If there is pain upon insertion, you may feel a prick, but it will instantly dissipate. In many cases, you will not even know that the needles are in place. Once the needles are inserted, they are manipulated gently. When the needles are manipulated, there may be a characteristic sensation of tingling, heaviness, numbness , or movement of energy along the meridians. On rare occasions, certain areas may feel sore after your acupuncture treatment for a day or so.

     

  • What is Acu-Aromatherapy?

    Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine practice that uses the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these essential oils stimulates brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream, promoting balance in the body. There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties. At HIWC, Aromatherapy is used from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view. The term used for this type of therapy is called Acu-Aromatherapy. Based on the clients condition, an essential oil blend is placed on specific acupuncture points to provide healing and bring the body back to balance.

     

  • What is Electro-Acupuncture?

    Electro-Acupuncture is the use of an electrical micro-current, which is attached to the needles as a means of stimulating the acupuncture points. This method can make the acupuncture treatment stronger.

     

  • What is GuaSha?

    Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is a ‘reddish, elevated type rash called petechiae. Gua Sha is one technique that intentionally raises the Sha rash or petechiae. Gua Sha can be used whenever a patient has pain, the common cold, flu, bronchitis, and asthma. The area to be Gua Sha-ed is lubricated with oil. The skin is then rubbed with a round-edged instrument in downward strokes. One area is stroked until the petechiae of that surface are completely raised. Areas of the body that this technique is done on includes: the neck, back, shoulders, buttocks, and limbs. After this procedure, the skin will range from pink to purple in the areas that were Gua Sha-ed.

     

  • What is TuiNa?

    Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.

     

  • What is Cupping?

    Cupping is a method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Cupping leaves bruising on the areas where the suction took place. Bruising will vary from light pink to dark purple.

     

  • What is Moxibustion?

    Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of a specific herb called Mugwort, which facilitates healing. There are different techniques used for Moxa. HIWC uses indirect smokeless moxa. This technique involves lighting the end of a moxa stick and holding it over a certain acupuncture point. The stick that is lighted does not produce smoke, although a smell is produced.