Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture Clinic - XiaoDong Han

Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific points show as effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These acupuncture points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of five thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.

Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (the life energy), Xue (blood) and Ying (body fluid) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body, somewhat like the nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic system do.
In Chinese, there is a saying, "There is pain if there is no free flow; if there is no pain, there is free flow". Acupuncture allows Qi, Xue and Yng to flow to areas where it is deficient and way for where it is excessive. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the energetic balance of the body. Acupuncture is safe, effective and i virtually has no adverse side-effects to the body. In numerous modern scientific studies around the world, acupuncture has been proven to relieve pain, ease muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, promote blood circulation and boost the body's immunity.

Q: What kind of problems can be treated by acupuncture?
1. Cardiovascular Problems: Angina, hypertension, palpitation, irregular heart, Reynaud's disease, poor blood circulation, cholesterol problems, post-stroke dysfunctions.
2. Respiratory Disorders: Allergies, sinusitis, sinus headaches, asthmatic conditions, chronic cough, bronchi congestion, lung infections.
3. Gastrointestinal Disorders: Gastroeophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis, disarticulates, Cohn's disease, indigestion, chronic constipation or diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gallbladder inflammation and liver problems.
4. Neurological Disorders: Migraines, insomnia, fibromyalgia, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, Meniere's disease, vertigo, Bells' palsy, shingles, RSD, neurophathy, restless leg syndrome, extremity numbness, and post-surgery nerve pain.
5. Muscular and Joint Disorders: Polymyalgia, rheumatoid and osteoarthritic pain, frozen shoulder, neck, back, hip and knee joint pain, tendentious, tennis elbow, whiplash, bursitis, carpet tunnel, sciatic pain, local muscle spasm.
6. Gynecological Disorders: PMS, irregular and painful menstruation, hormone imbalance, habitual miscarriage, infertility, pre menopausal syndrome, post-part um depression, frequent vaginal yeast infection, fibrocystic breasts and ovary cysts.
7. Urological Disorders: Incontinent, frequent urination, chronic UTI, kidney stones, nephritis, chronic bladder infection, interstitial cystitis and prostate problems.
8. Psychological/Emotional Problems: Stress, mood swings, depression, anxiety, painic attack, smoking and drub addition.
9. Support Therapy for cancer patients: Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries often to boost the body immunity and now it is often applied in US to reduce adverse side-effects of conventional cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation therapy. Acupuncture also promotes healing and faster recovery from cancer related surgeries.

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: No. If you acupuncturist has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In Chinese, acupuncture is painless. Yet some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain. Sometimes the sensations might even last a couple of hours after the acupuncture session. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually very mild.

Q: Are the needles clean and safe?

A: Yes, a licensed acupuncturist by law in Florida uses only sterilized, disposable needles. Acupuncture needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. It eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

Q: How deep do the needles go?
A: That depends on the nature of the problem and the location of the points selected and the patient's age, gender, body size and physical constitution. Usually, needles are inserted by 1/4 inch to 1 inch in depth.

Q: Are there different styles of acupuncture?
A: Yes, there are. Acupuncture originated in China, but has been spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, Middle east, South and North America. In different countries, different styles have been developed based on differing opinions as to theory and technique. Yet, any acupuncturist who claims his or her style is superior to others is simply an ego issue. The most important patients should know is about their practitioner's education, particular training and their practice experience related to the treatment being proposed.

Q: Do I need my family doctor's referral to seek acupuncture treatment?
A: No, you don't need to. By Florida law, you can directly see a licensed acupuncturist as your primary healthcare provider.

Q: Health insurance coverage?
A: Yes, some insurance plans cover acupuncture Workers' Comp and Auto PIP require your doctor's prescription or case manager's authorization. Unfortunately, Medicare and its supplemental insurances and Medicaid do not cover acupuncture treatment.

Q: What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?
A: Patients should ask about where the acupuncturist was trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice and what kind of experience the acupuncturist has had in treating the patient's specific aliment.

Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: That depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your complaints. You may need just a few treatments for a simple, acute condition. Usually a series of 12 - 16 sessions of acupuncture treatment as a course for a period of 5 - 8 weeks may resolve many problems. Certain chronic, degenerative and complicated conditions may require more than one course of acupuncture treatment over time.

Q: Is it necessary to have follow-up treatments,even though I feel much better?
A: Yes, inmost cases. Much of the pain relieved or symptoms disappeared does not mean the problem is all over. Especially in chronic condition, follow-up treatments allow your body fully restored and finally healed.

Q: What should I know about the proposed treatments?
A: Your acupuncturist will explain the nature of your problem and what treatment he is recommending. Your acupuncturist will also tell you what benefits and risks there are to the proposed treatment, and what other modalities, options are available to you.

Q. Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?
A: Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from you treatment:
1. Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection.
2. Avoid treatment when you are extremely weak, too hungry or full, emotionally exhausted, or shortly after excessively vigorous exercise.

Q: Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?
1. Yes, relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask your acupuncturist any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
2. Do not change your position too much or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
3. Very few people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during the treatment. This often occurs if you are extremely nervous, hungry or physically exhausted. Inform your acupuncturist immediately so he or she can readjust or withdraw the needles. Also let your acupuncturist know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.
4. If you find your treatment unbearable at any point, be sure to speak up so that your acupuncturist can make the proper adjustment or stop the treatment.

Q: What can I expect after acupuncture treatment?
A: Generally, you should expect to feel better. Some patients even experience the most dramatic results in the very first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate and total or partial relief of their symptoms. This relief may last a few hours or a couple of days. In some cases, there may be no immediate relief, only to notice the condition improving over the next couple of following treatments. Occasionally, you might sometimes notice a tiny spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites and/or a small bruise could develop. These should not be harmful, but please talk to your acupuncturist if you are concerned. Most patients will have more questions than this brochure can answer. Your acupuncturist is used to answering questions such as: Should I continue to see my medical doctor? Should I continue taking my present medication? What should I eat? Is there anything I can do for myself at home? What signs of success should I look for first and after how long? You should discuss all of your questions in person with your acupuncturist.