There has never been a reported case of HIV or any other disease actually contracted from the use of acupuncture needles. The Shan Dao Acupuncture Clinic only uses disposable needles.
Generally once a week for 8-10 weeks is the usual course of treatment for most conditions. However, many conditions show significant improvement in 3-4 treatments. In the case of a traumatic injury, or an acute condition, 2-3 times a week may be necessary for the first few weeks. Acupuncture treatments tend to build on themselves. In other words, the period of relief experienced after a treatment will increase with subsequent visits.
After one 10 week course of treatment, the patient should feel definite improvement and should decide with the practitioner how much more therapy is needed for the condition. Chronic long term conditions can take longer to resolve than more recently acquired conditions.
A balancing treatment can be done every few weeks or once a month as part of a wellness program to prevent illness and disease.
Acupuncture address the underlying cause of disease, not merely the symptoms. When balancing the body, the results can be long lasting and permanent.
Sessions typically last from 30 minutes to an hour. The first treatment is a little longer due to the interview process.
While this procedure is usually comfortable, the patient generally experiences a “needling response” which may feel like tingling or a distending sensation that runs through the body like water or electricity. Sometimes there is a mild discomfort that lasts momentarily upon insertion of the acupuncture needle. Frequently there is no discomfort at all when the needles are inserted.
Pain and disease are caused by either an imbalance or blockage of qi-your vital energy-(pronounced chee) circulating through your body. In an acupuncture treatment, extremely fine needles, made of surgical steel, are inserted at specific points on the body. These points are carefully selected by the acupuncturist according to the patients diagnosis. Each treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs. The acupuncture treatment corrects the imbalances and removes the blockages of qi, thus the body can heal itself.
From the modern perspective, acupuncture stimulates one or more of the body’s signaling systems which can release peptides and other small biochemicals. They are released at one site, then travel to other sites and interact with cells to stimulate a variety of biological responses. Under certain circumstances, this may increase the body’s natural healing response. This stimulation may be sufficient to cure a disease, or it may alleviate some symptoms.