Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine dating back 4,000 years. It is the most commonly used system of healing in the world.
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TCM is based on the belief that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.
One of the TCM concepts is qi (pronounced "chi"), which is considered a vital force or energy. Qi flows through the body via channels, or pathways, called meridians. Imbalances in the flow of qi cause illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Acupuncture restores the balance, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. After review, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. Palpation (to explore by touch) of various acupuncture points on the body, an examination of the tongue, as well as pulse, are common diagnostic techniques in acupuncture.
Using all of the information, the practitioner will then determine the cause of your symptoms. Needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. The acupuncturist may use moxa or electrical stimulation to enhance acupuncture's therapeutic effects.
The number of treatment sessions depends on the seriousness of your condition. A typical course of acupuncture treatment is 10 sessions, although significant improvements can occur after just a couple visits. Your first visit may take 90 minutes, with subsequent visits lasting about 60 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin – not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than 1/2 -inch to an inch. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Some people report feeling a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.
Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture
Diseases of the muscles, bones and joints
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Diseases of the nervous system
- Anxiety, depression and other nervous disorders
- Nerve paralysis
- Stomach ulcers
- Gall stones
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Diseases of the respiratory system
Diseases of the heart and blood vessels
- High blood pressure
- Drug addiction
Obstetrics and gynecology
- Fetal malposition
- Menopause symptoms (hot flashes)
- Uterine Bleeding
Who provides acupuncture in Wisconsin?
Most acupuncture treatment in Wisconsin is provided by certified acupuncturists who have graduated from an accredited school and have passed the national board examinations. Medical doctors with additional training can also provide acupuncture treatments.