Can it help with a condition I've had for a long time?
Yes acupuncture works well for chronic conditions. The first chapter of the Nei Jing states: "When an organ contracts disease, it is like a thorn in the muscle, a stain on clothing, or a knotted string. Although the thorn has remained for many days, it can still be removed, although the stain has existed for a long time, it can still be washed away, although the knot has been tied up for a long time it can still be removed. A physician who is good at acupuncture can cure the disease, even a chronic one. Those who think a protracted disease cannot be cured, have not mastered the practice of acupuncture."
How many treatments will I need?
It depends on the condition, the severity and duration of the condition, and how the patient responds. Most people notice a difference within 3-6 sessions, but chronic conditions may need more treatment.
Why does it work?
There is this saying in Chinese medicine, "If there is free flow there is no pain, if there is pain, there is no free flow." Acupuncture works by promoting circulation throughout the entire body. By increasing circulation to the muscles, muscle pain is eliminated. When we increase circulation to organs, they function better. Problems with digestion, respiration, and the menstrual cycle can all be improved.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture does not hurt, but there may be slight sensations at the needle site. Often times a person may feel pressure, tingling, or sensation of movement. These feelings are very brief and go away immediately.
What should I expect?
Generally after treatment you should feel more relaxed, similar to the feeling of a 1 hour massage. In addition you may notice these "side effects" reduced pain, improved sleep, less stress, more energy/mental clarity, and a greater sense of well-being.
In approximately 5-10% of cases there may be a temporary worsening of pain. This should only last 24-48 hours, afterwards the pain should feel much better.
What makes Nei Jing acupuncture different from other types of acupuncture?
Other styles of acupuncture generally use a point action approach meaning there are certain acupuncture points on the body which have specific functions like strengthening digestion, strengthening the immune system, promoting systemic circulation, reducing heat from the body, and calming the nervous system, etc. In Nei Jing acupuncture, acupuncture points are not small 'dots' on the body to be treated. Instead, they are regions of functional anatomy, when examined, they inform the practitioner of the general health of these areas. When these areas show pathology, specific signs and symptoms occur depending on the location of the diseased tissue plane. This has been discussed in Ling Shu Chapter 10. The focus of Nei Jing acupuncture is to restore these regions by treating obstructions in the five tissue planes skin, vessel, subcutaneous tissue, sinew, and bone. We aim to understand how these impairments effect the 'acupuncture points' and restore their ability to function properly.
Each plan is individualized.