If you are interested in general information about acupuncture, styles of treatment and reasons for seeing an acupuncturist, the following information may be helpful.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic medicine backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is practiced worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions. While there are somewhat standard treatment protocols for many conditions, the clinical success of acupuncture is related - at least in part - to the wide range of diagnostic signs and symptoms which are taken into effect when looking at an imbalance. For a condition such as arthritis effecting the knees, an acupuncturist may look at your tongue, check your pulse, ask about your diet and lifestyle, palpate your spine, etc. This range of diagnostic information allows acupuncture practitioners to develop a treatment strategy that is unique to you and your experience of a particular condition.
While there are many schools of acupuncture and oriental medicine worldwide which train people in the general theory and clinical applications of acupuncture, the actual practice of acupuncture is still an art form. Many accomplished practitioners such as Tom Tam, Kiiko Matsumoto and Richard Tan, for example, have developed their own personal styles of acupuncture based on their clinical experience and studies. The styles that we are discussing here, however, are those which constitute the main groupings of practitioners. This is useful as some styles of acupuncture may be more preferable to you for one reason or another, or one may even be more appropriate for the types of issues that you are dealing with.
People may see an acupuncturist for almost any condition, from Cancer to Shoulder Pain. Some of the more commonly treated conditions are:
For more information about a particular condition, you may want to read our Conditions Treated With Acupuncture section for real world examples of the diagnostic information and treatment points that might be used to treat a particular condition. For a technical explanation of how acupuncture treats disease, you can read "How Does Acupuncture Work?"
In general people find acupuncture to be an incredibly relaxing experience, even for those who have some initial hesitation about needles. Our First Acupuncture Treatment page contains indepth information about your initial treatment. In general your first treatment involves quite a bit of discussion, as the practitioner gathers as much information as possible to clearly understand and diagnose your issues from an oriental medicine viewpoint. The needling during the first treatment may be limited so you can become accustomed to the experience and the practitioner can see how you respond.
Generally asking your family and friends is best and you will often be surprised how many people are utilizing acupuncture. Outside of that google and your local phone book are great places to start.
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