What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medicinal technique that has been in use in China for thousands of years. Its origins lie as long ago as the Neolithic period, with practitioners employing needles made of stone. By the 3rd Century BCE, acupuncture was widely practiced throughout China, and had achieved a level of standardization in terms of theory and practice. Modern-day acupuncture combines ancient knowledge with today’s advances in medical technology and sterile techniques.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, solid, sterile needles into certain points in the skin in order to influence the flow of the body’s chi or qiChi can be thought of as the body’s natural energy or vital force. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body maintains a natural circulation of chi. When the flow of chi is disrupted or blocked, illnesses may occur, or become exacerbated. Traditional Chinese Medicinal practices such as acupuncture seek to realign and restore the body’s natural flow ofchi when it has been compromised.

What to expect on your first visit:

When you first arrive, expect to receive a thorough consultation. Dr. Hong will have a conversation with you about your symptoms as well as other factors that may have an impact on your well being. Dr. Hong will take your pulse and may examine other parts of your body associated with your particular issue. At this point, Dr. Hong will recommend a custom treatment plan.

When the time arrives to begin inserting needles, keep in mind that the various acupuncture points relevant to your symptoms might seem far away from the part of your body that is giving you trouble. Acupuncture points are located all over the human body. You may need to remove some articles of clothing to give Dr. Hong access to the points involved with your complaint, but hospital gowns will be made available to you.

Insertion of the needles:

Acupuncture needles are very, very thin. Inserting the needles usually causes little in the way of discomfort. The number of needles and where they are placed varies depending on the patient’s need, but the average treatment involves the insertion of fewer than 30 needles. Once the needles are in place, they are typically left for 20 minutes or so while you simply remain still.