What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific
points shown as effective in the treatment of specific health problems.
These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand
years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.
What are some of the commonly treated disorders at King’s Acupuncture?
A: They are listed in alphabetical order as follows:
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Diabetes (Type II)
Digestive Disorder (IBS, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, constipation,
Dysmenorrhea (painful period)
Emotional Imbalance (panic attack)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Musculo-Sketetal Pain (from neck to toe) Including Arthritic Conditions
Neuropathy (peripheral neuropathy)
Obesity (weight control)
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Rotator Cup Dysfunction
Shingles (post herpetic neuralgia)
Side Effects of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsonism
Q: What problems can be treated by Acupuncture
according to the World Health Organization?
A: A committee of the United Nations World Health Organization has issued
a list of over 40 disorders that lend themselves to treatment by Acupuncture,
1. Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Headache and Migraine
Facial Palsy (early stage, within 3-6 months)
Paresis (following a stroke)
“Frozen Shoulder”, “Tennis Elbow”
Low Back Pain
2. Respiratory System
3. Disorders of the Eye
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
4. Disorders of the Mouth
Toothaches, post-extraction pain
Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis
5. Gastrointestinal Disorders
Acute and Chronic Gastritis
Chronic Duodenal Ulcer
Acute Duodnal Ulcer (without complications)
Acute and Chronis Colitis
Q: What conditions may respond to acupuncture
according to New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions?
A: Many conditions may respond to Acupuncture, including those related
to the following:
Gynecologic and Reproductive System
Acupuncture may also help with:
Acute and Chronic Pain
Maintaining Emotional Pain
Stress Reduction and Detoxification
Q: How do acupuncturists treat health conditions?
A: Using the principles of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist will examine
you by looking, listening, asking questions, and touching. This allows
the acupuncturist to record a full case history.
Once an evaluation is made, the acupuncturist may insert
vary fine acupuncture needles into a number of points on your body. The
purpose of the needles is to stimulate acupuncture points; the needles
do not inject any substance into the body.
In some cases, acupuncture may be accompanied by electrical stimulation
or the burning of moxa, a form of heat therapy. Acupuncturists may also
use a variety of other techniques including herbal remedies, nutritional
supplements, cupping, Gua Sha, oriental massage (Tui Na), ointment or
A Licensed Acupuncturist has extensive training covering both Eastern
and Western Medical disciplines as well as nutrition (East & West),
counseling and exercise. Licensed Acupuncturists very often would counsel
patients on diet, exercise, and life style changes as part of the comprehensive
holistic approach to maintain good health.
Q: What is a Licensed Acupuncturist?
A: An acupuncturist is a licensed health care professional who, based
on the concepts of oriental medicine, maintains the health of patients,
evaluates, and treats their illness and pain.
Q: What is the difference between a Licensed acupuncturist
and a Certified acupuncturist?
A: A Licensed acupuncturist has completed a three year (a minimum of 4050
hours) professional training program in acupuncture that includes both
theory and hands-on clinical practice. In addition, a licensed acupuncturist
must pass a state approved 2 day licensing examination before becoming
A Certified acupuncturist is a medical doctor or a dentist who only needs
to complete 300 hours of acupuncture study before issuance of a certificate.
There is no requirement for state board examination before issuance of
a certificate. Certified acupuncturists sometimes call themselves medical
acupuncturists. Comparing to a licensed acupuncturist, a certified acupuncturist
knows only the elementary aspect of the acupuncture and oriental medicine
theory and has very limited hands-on clinical acupuncture training.
Q: What is the relationship between acupuncturist
and a medical doctor?
A: Acupuncturists are Independent Health Care Providers; you do not need
a physician referral to receive treatment from an acupuncturist.
By law, your acupuncturist must advise you of the importance
of your seeing a physician. When this is done, you will be asked to sign
a form saying that you were advised of this. You will get one copy of
the form, and a second copy will become part of your record.
Even though by law you do not need a physician referral,
however for insurance purposes, many health insurance companies require
a referral from your primary care provider (PCP) such as your family physician.
Q: What credentials do New York licensed acupuncturists
A: A licensed acupuncturist has completed a three year professional training
program in acupuncture after a minimum of two years of college education.
This three year program (a minimum of 4050 hours) includes both theory
and hands-on clinical practice. In addition, a licensed acupuncturist
must pass a State-approved licensing examination before becoming licensed.
Q: How deep do the needles go?
A: That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points
selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution. Usually, needles
are inserted from a ¼ of an inch to an inch in depth.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: The needles we use are much finer than the familiar hypodermic needles.
In Chinese, acupuncture is (bu tong) painless. Some western culture may
categorize these sensations such as distention, tingling or heaviness
as type of pain. In any case, if there is any discomfort, it is usually
mild. In fact, while many acupuncture patients are initially wary of the
claim that acupuncture doesn’t hurt; they soon discover that the
experience is quite pleasurable. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate
the release of opiate-like hormones and normally induces a deep state
of relaxation, balance, and healing.
Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the
flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways
that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According
to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is
deficient and away from where it is excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates
and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese
there is a saying, “There is no pain if there is a free flow; if
there is pain, there is no free flow”.
Even though modern Western medicine cannot fully explain
exactly how acupuncture works, recent scientific research gave the following
plausible explanations for the efficacy of acupuncture treatments in certain
1. Considerable evidence supports the claims that beta-endorphin,
corticosteriods, and serotonin are leased while Substance P is inhibited
in the nervous system during acupuncture. These at least partially explained
the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxing effect of acupuncture
for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
2. Acupuncture is useful in treatment of allergies, asthma and/or auto-immunity
because acupuncture promotes release of anti-inflammatory corticosteroids;
causes release of histamine from mast cells thus diminishing the supply
of it to general circulation; improves leucocyte phagocytosis and increases
immunoglobubin and T-cell levels. Animal studies show acupuncture improves
microcirculation, lymphokinesis and promotes granulation.
3. Acupuncture provokes the release of GABA, a neurotransmitter that prevents
anxiety and stress related messages from reaching the motor centers of
the brain. Acupuncture causes release of norepinephrine from postganglionic
sympathetic fibers, possibly exhausting the supply of that neurotransmitter
from producing “fight or fly” tension.
4. Acupuncture provokes the release of serotonin which helps to treat
depression and in maintaining emotional balance. The release of opiate-like
hormones normally induce a deep state of relaxation, balance and healing.
5. Recent brain MRI imaging studies confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture
in relieving pain.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of the complaint.
You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. Most health
problems take more than one treatment to resolve. Expect to have four
treatments before a reassessment. Many problems may require ten or more
treatments before significant benefits accrue. Along the way, though,
you should see an overall improvement in your health as your main complaint
improves as well.
Q: Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture
A: Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits
from your treatment:
1. Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial
2. To prevent loss, do not wear jewelry.
3. Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one-piece dresses. Avoid
wearing tight stockings.
4. Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full or emotional
Q: Is they’re anything I need to do while
A: Yes, again.
1. Relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask Dr. Lau or nurses-aide
any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit
possible from the treatment.
2. Because your doctor wipes the acupuncture sites with alcohol and we
use only disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatment.
3. Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable,
please let us know.
4. Very rarely people would experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat,
shortness of breath, or faintness during the treatment. This might occur
if you are nervous. Inform your practitioner immediately so we can readjust
or withdraw the needles. Also let your practitioner know if you feel an
increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.
Q: What can I expect after the treatment?
A: Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment.
Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their
pain or other symptoms. This relieve may last or some pain may return.
Some cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish
over the next couple days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.
Most patients will have more questions than this FAQ can
answer. We at King’s Acupuncture and Wellness Center are 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? Please feel free to discuss all your
questions in person with Dr. Lau. Our email address is Kingsacupuncture@verizon.net and our phone is 716-688-1768.