Alternative Health Care Center


How do Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine work?

Oriental Medicine includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and oriental massage, which have been used in China for more than 3000 years. The theory on which Oriental Medicine works is that all internal organs and tissues in the body are interconnected into a complete organized system through meridians. Meridians are the pathways of Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is the body’s life energy flow. Oriental Medicine views the body as a biological energy field rather than a collection of independent tissues. Changes in the body affect other organs, tissues, and emotions. A harmonious, smooth, free flow of energy indicates balance and health. An imbalanced, blocked flow indicates illness.

Do Acupuncture needles hurt? Are they clean?

An Acupuncture needle is fine and thin that it can fit inside a hypodermic needle! This means that an Acupuncture treatment is far less painful than getting a shot. When the Acupuncture needle is inserted, if you feel anything at all, you may feel a slight pricking, tingling or electric sensation around the point of insertion. The sensations usually last only a few seconds and then disappear.



We only use disposable needles. They are surgically sterilized by the manufacture and are used only once, so there is no chance of infection.

How many treatments will I need?

On your first visit, the Acupuncture Physician performs a thorough Oriental Medicine examination to help determine the cause of your condition. Due to Oriental Medicine’s “whole body” approach, this examination may include questions not normally asked by Western healthcare practitioners. Following the exam, the Acupuncture Physician explains your treatment, including the time and expense involved.

Number of Treatments

The number of treatments required varies depending upon factors such as the severity and duration of the condition, and your own constitution. Many acute conditions require only two or three treatments. Generally, between five and twelve treatments are adequate for treating chronic ailments. Maintenance treatments may be needed for your benefits.

Oriental Medicine focuses on solving the cause of the problem, not just relieving symptoms. This approach may take some time, but it is well worth every minute.

What can I expect after treatment?

During treatment, it is important that you are relaxed and comfortable. Most patients experience a general feeling of well-being and relaxation after the Acupuncture treatment. While many patients experience immediate relief, improvement may be more gradual for others. In some cases, the condition may return. However, with continued treatments, the condition usually improves and long-term relief occurs. Some patients may experience what is known as the “rebound effect,” where the condition seems worse after treatment, but improves within a day or two.


Herbs typically enhance the Acupuncture treatment and are often used. It is important to follow the Acupuncture Physician’s recommendations.

Are there any side effects?

Oriental Medicine is undoubtedly one of the safest forms of natural therapy when performed by a well-trained, experienced Acupuncture Physician. Side effects are extremely rare. Again, it is important to relax and be comfortable during your treatment. Do not hesitate to ask questions and voice your concerns.

As in other forms of treatment, results from Acupuncture and herbal therapy are not guaranteed. According to some statistical reports, there are about 7% of people who do not response to Acupuncture therapy well based on their constitution. You should, however, give these therapies the same fair trial that you would give other forms of therapy.