Q: What is a Typical Acupuncture Treatment Like in Jing River Acupuncture Clinic?

A: The clients usually complete a health history questionnaire.  The acupuncturist then interviews the client, asking about his or her primary health concern, lifestyle habits, diet, emotions, menstrual cycle, sleep, temperature, appetite, stress, and sensitivity to foods.  During the interview, the acupuncturist examines the client carefully, looking his or her face color, voice, and tongue color and coating, and feel the pulse at the wrist of each hand.  After the interview, the acupuncturist gives a Chinese Medicine Pattern diagnosis and begins treatment.  Treatment length varies from seconds to longer than one hour.  The typical length is about 20 to 30 minutes.  The acupuncturist may use the following techniques during the treatment:

  • Acupuncture – use sterile, disposable needles on different meridians to balance yin and yang, qi and blood, and help heal diseases.
  • Moxibustion – heating of needles with dried herb sticks to activate and warm the points to help the qi move more smoothly.
  • Cupping – the application of glass cups to create suction on the skin.  This is to relieve stagnation of qi and blood to help relieve the pain, e.g. in sports injury.
  • Herbal medicine – Chinese herbs may be given in the form of teas, pills, and capsules to supplement acupuncture treatment.  Chinese herbs are used for balancing, harmonizing, and cleaning the body’s systems.  Jing River Acupuncture Clinic has a large selection of standard formulas and is well-trained in prescribing them.
  • Electro-stimulation – provides electrical stimulation on two to four acupuncture needles.  This can be used for pain relief and muscle pain.
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Q: What is Acupuncture?

Q: Is Acupuncture Safe?

q: what situations acupuncture can treat?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including:
    • Migraines and tension headaches
    • Allergies
    • Common cold, sinusitis, asthma, cough, bronchitis
    • Trigeminal neuralgia, facial neuralgia
    • Meniere’s disease
    • Neck and shoulder pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Sciatica, back pain
    • Arthritis, fibromyalgia
    • Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, IBS
    • Menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, PMS
    • Infertility, endometriosis
    • Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, poor memory
    • Weight loss, diabetes, thyroid problems
    • Addictions, quit smoking
    • Acne, eczema, shingles, psoriasis
    • Cancer support treatment, post surgical recovery
    • Cystitis, UTI, incontinence, sexual dysfunction.


Q: What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Q: How Does Acupuncture Work?

  • A: Qi and blood flow in the energy channels is like river flowing through the body to regulate and nourish the tissues.  An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.  The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.  Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

    The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release neurotransmitters in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.  These neurotransmitters will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.  The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being. 

    These are some mechanisms why acupuncture works: 

    • acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins
    • acupuncture influences the release of neurotransmitters, substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain
    • acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system
    • acupuncture stimulates circulation
    • acupuncture influences the electrical currents of the body. 


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