What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient and traditional method for treating medical problems. It has been used for over 4,000 years in
China and has gained acceptance all over the world. Acupuncture treatment involves the placement of very fine needles into
the body at specific points which have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture doesn't introduce anything artificial into the body. Signals from the needles stimulate the nervous system to
release natural chemicals that promote physical and emotional well-being, consequently curing various diseases.
Is there any risk to acupuncture?
Disposable needles are sterile and therefore cannot cause infection. Dr. Ren's many years of experience enable her to accurately
and effectively place needles to promote healing using a method that is virtually painless.
What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is integrated with traditional Chinese medicine and prescribes natural herbs based on a complex science
of physiology and pathology. Each herb has a specific interaction with the body. In conjunction with acupuncture, herbs
are combined to blend their actions to cause long-lasting changes in natural processes that promote well-being.
What does acupuncture feel like?
The needles used in acupuncture are sterilized, disposable, stainless steel, and thinner than a shaft of hair. Often there
is a "pinching" feeling as a needle is inserted, which fades quickly and may be replaced by various sensations around the
needle, including pressure, lightness, warmth, or coolness. While the needles are left in the body (usually about 20 minutes),
one may experience a state of general relaxation or a heightened awareness of the connections within one's body.
How can inserting needles into someone relieve pain?
You must leave behind traditional ideas about medicine and be willing to accept, or at least recognize that acupuncture effectiveness
has survived the test of time. Ancient Chinese philosophers developed a philosophy in which the body was a harmonious balance
of two opposing forces, yin, or the negative force, and yang, or the positive force. When yin and yang are well-balanced,
a vital energy flows through the body along a certain track. The track is called a meridian. On the meridian, there are
many points called acupuncture points. When the yin-yang balance is broken, the vital energy flow is stagnated or blocked
and a disease or pain develops. Applying the acupuncture needle to the appropriate point balances yin and yang and the energy
flow is once again restored.
How can I prepare for my first appointment?
Your First Appointment:
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out the necessary paperwork. If possible, please bring
any medical records pertaining to your existing condition when you come in for your first visit.
Preparation for Treatment:
Please do not arrive on an empty stomach before your treatment, as it may affect your body's condition. Please wear loose
clothing for your treatment.