Eternal Blue Sky Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine 中医
Dr. Charles Lydolph, L.Ac. DACM
Frequently Asked Questions
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Does acupuncture have any side effects?
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted.
Does Acupuncture treatment hurt?
Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don't feel them inserted at all.
Are the needles safe?
Single-use, disposable needles are now the standard. This helps to minimize the risk of infection.
What does it feel like?
Often you won't feel the needles being inserted, because they are thin and gently inserted. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you're likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working and the acupuncture point is being activated.
Texas Law and Acupucture?
By Texas Law you will have to have seen your PCP (Primary Care Physician), within the last Six Months or Chiropractor last 30 days before you can seek acupuncture treatment. You will be required to sign a form stating you have seen been seen for the condition you are coming in for. The exceptions to this are Chronic Pain, Substance Abuse, Smoking Addiction and Weight Loss.
How many treatments will I need?
To determine the type and number of acupuncture treatments that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you several questions about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine:
The parts of your body that are affected
The dry needling myth
Dry needling is a term used to describe a small part of Ashi Point needling theory inside of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The term is being used so it can be used without clear regulation by non-acupuncturists and due to a lack of regulation and guidelines, a person can perform dry needling with minimal training. Ashi needling does help alleviate symptoms but it does not look at the bigger picture of why it is needed in the first place. So it fails to address the root issue to help prevent the issue from coming back.
How do I choose a practitioner?
If you're considering acupuncture, take the same steps you would to choose a doctor:
REVIEW OF SYSTEMIC ACUPUNCTURE FOR NUMEROUS CONDITIONS
EVIDENCE BASED ACUPUNCTURE
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Acute low back pain
Modulating sensory perception thresholds