At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, our team is dedicated to bringing
you the very best treatment options from alternative, traditional, and
Acupuncture is an ancient tradition that has a surprising number of health benefits,
especially when used as a part of a whole-body treatment plan. Below we’ll
answer some common questions many patients have about acupuncture.
1. Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Acupuncture is a therapy that is used to
treat many health conditions. It is always best to consult your physician before beginning acupuncture.
Based on your medical history, response to treatments, condition, and
other factors, we can recommend a treatment plan that best suits you.
Generally acupuncture is an excellent option when traditional Western treatment
approaches have not shown any progress or have caused serious negative
side effects. It can be used to enhance the treatment effects of Western
medicine, as well.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture for:
- Respiratory diseases
- Bronchopulmonary diseases
- Eye disorders
- Disorders of the mouth
- Orthopedic disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Neurologic disorders
Discuss your condition with your primary care physician and see if they
recommend acupuncture to treat your unique condition. If your primary
care physician is unfamiliar with acupuncture, call AZCAM to schedule
a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Grout, who can help you decide
whether acupuncture might be helpful for your condition.
2. Does Acupuncture Hurt?
You may feel a slight prickle or sparkle when the needle is inserted, but
generally, acupuncture is not painful. In fact, many patients feel very
relaxed or even fall asleep during their acupuncture sessions. The needles
used in acupuncture are far thinner than those used for injections or
drawing blood. Acupuncture needles are not hollow and do not have a cutting
edge like other medical needles. Because of these differences, many patients
report hardly feeling the treatment needles once they are placed.
3. What is the Acupuncture Process Like?
The process will depend on the treatment style, condition being treated,
and other factors. Typically, 3 to 15 needles will be placed in different
areas of your body. If you have concerns, discuss the process with Dr.
Grout to learn what you can expect for your unique experience.
4. How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of recommended sessions will depend on your unique treatment
needs. Typically, you will require 6 to 10 sessions in order to effectively
alleviate or correct your condition. When you go for your first session,
we will assess your needs and estimate the number of treatment sessions
5. How Do I Prepare for My Acupuncture Session?
Dress in loose, comfortable clothing which will allow easy access to the
necessary acupuncture points. Eat a light meal or a snack before your
treatment, and be sure to stay hydrated. Write down any questions you
may have to be certain that you get them answered.
6. How Do Acupuncturists Avoid Infection?
Because acupuncture does break the skin, infection is a very slight risk.
Every acupuncturist takes steps to have a sanitary space and practices
good hygiene through careful handwashing prior to inserting the needles.
At AZCAM we always use single-use disposable sterile needles. The risks
of infection after an acupuncture treatment are very low, but steps still
must be taken to protect your health.
7. What Training Is Required to Practice Acupuncture?
The requirements can vary greatly depending on your local laws. In some
locations, one must be a physician trained in acupuncture to practice,
while other locations have less intense training requirements. Generally,
non-physician acupuncturists are required to complete 3 to 4 years or
2000 hours of training and study before they are licensed. Physicians
typically take a 300-hour course in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
in addition to all the basic sciences and anatomy, etc, which they learned
in medical school. Chiropractors use a different form of acupuncture,
and typically have shorter training than physicians.
8. How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine describes channels of energy that run through
the body in regular patterns. This energy is responsible for nourishing
the body, but an obstruction in these energy channels can lead to a blockage
of blood, metabolic waste, and bodily fluids. This can cause imbalances
in the body. The use of needles to unblock the flow of energy can restore
balance and stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.
Western science has extensively studied acupuncture as well. There are
several theories of how acupuncture provides effective relief for patients.
- Acupuncture changes the conduction of electromagnetic signals within the body.
- Acupuncture activates biochemical responses by stimulating nerves, changing
the chemistry of the brain.
- Acupuncture reduces pro-inflammatory markers in the body which leads to
a reduction of pain and inflammation.
At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we are dedicated to blending
conventional and integrative medical treatments to create unique treatment
plans designed specifically for you. Our Scottsdale integrative medicine
center takes a personalized approach to your care. Schedule an appointment
today to discover how we can assist you and protect your family’s health.
Contact our experienced team
today by calling (480) 240-2600 to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation
with Dr. Grout.