Traditional Five-Element Constitutional Acupuncture - Diane Lauer, L.Ac., M.Ac. (843) 685-7018
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does acupuncture work?
  This ancient method of healing is based on natural laws influencing the movement of energy in nature and the body.  This life force called qi (chee) flows through the body in channels called meridians.  Health is promoted when the qi in the body is full and moving properly.  Illness can begin when the qi is blocked and moves with difficulty.  A good analogy is the garden hose. 
Normally, the water flows freely, however when it gets twisted or blocked, the flow changes.  Above the blockage, the water builds and increases in pressure.  Below the blockage, the water flow is diminished and sporatic.
   The acupuncturist uses needles and acupuncture points to access these meridians and encourage a dynamic and balanced flow of qi.

What about the needles?
     Acupuncture needles are solid, only slightly thicker than a human hair, and bear no resemblance to hypodermic needles.  There is nothing on them or in them.  They are stainless steel, pre-sterilized, disposable, one-time-use needles.

Does acupuncture hurt?
   Upon insertion, some patients report they feel nothing at all.  Others report tingling sensations, warmth, or a momentary dull ache.  Often patients report a sense of deep relaxation after the needles are inserted and sometimes fall asleep during treatment.  Sensations vary from point to point and person to person.

Is it necessary to believe for acupuncture to work?
   No, it does not matter whether or not you believe.  Acupuncture is used successfully on animals and children.  They do not understand or believe in the treatment process, and yet they have very positive result.

Can children receive acupuncture?  Aren't they afraid?
   Yes, they can, and yes some children are frightened by needles, especially younger ones. Thankfully, there are other ways to affect the acupuncture points and meridians, such as:

       --  Color therapy:    A light pen with different colored glass crystal
                                        inserts is held on the points or traces the
      --  Sound therapy:   Tuning forks or metal bowls struck with a     
                                       mallet can also be held on points, meridians,
                                       or general areas of the body.

       --  Seeds:                The Chinese also use tiny radish seeds on small
                                       adhesive patches (usually on the ear) for
                                       treatment that can come home with the
                                       patient and continue to be stimulated for

      --  Massage and       Children are very responsive.  Something as
          Acupressure:        simple as rubbing in the direction of the flow
                                       of the meridian rather than against it can have
                                                     an affect as can acupressure on the point 
                                       with fingers, hands.  There are things that
                                       parents can be taught to do at home to help
                                       their child.

     Last but not least, is the fact that children are often more accepting
than expected and acupuncture points can be needled very quickly.                                                  
What can I expect during my visits?
   Your first visit will begin with an in-depth assessment of your symptoms and an initial treatment.  The intake and treatment may take up to two hours, depending on your condition.
   We will begin our conversation with any questions you have for me and then discuss your health concerns.  When we're finished talking, I will administer a Chinese physical, and then you will receive your first acupuncture treatment.
   During the assessment, you may be asked about things that you don't think are connected to your chief complaint, things such as your emotions, sleeping patterns, eating habits, memory, or maybe even what your closet looks like or your favorite color. These questions speak to the fact that we are complex, individual people.  Everything we are, everything we do, and the way we live all impact how we feel.
     Typical follow-up appointments last approximately 50-60 minutes.  Each follow up visit we will spend the first part of our time together talking about how you are doing, and then you will
receive your treatment.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?
   Addiction: Nicotine, drugs, food, alcohol
   ....and many more                                       

How often should I be treated?
   Initially, treatment is given once a week for four or more weeks depending on the patient's progress.  Those coming for pain relief or addictions may need to come more than once a week at the beginning.  The number of visits varies according to each individual's needs.  As patients begin to feel better, the treatment schedule will be stretched to once every two weeks, three weeks, monthly, or even seasonally.
     Disease doesn't develop over night, it takes time.  Not surprisingly, it also takes time for its improvement and resolution.  Happily, our bodies have been designed to heal.  Acupuncture offers them an opportunity to do what they do best.  There are also other things we can do to help our bodies to help themselves.  A healthy diet, regular exercise, relaxation techniques, and being willing to consider new possibilities for ourselves and our lives can also move us toward
a more balanced body, mind, and spirit.

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