Q&A Acupuncture Part II

How many treatments will it take?  Is there anything I should or should not do before or after the treatment?
There is no magic number of treatments that will cure a problem.  It solely depends on the individual, how long the problem has been present, and how you respond to treatments.  For a general rule, the longer a person has the condition, the longer a treatment time is needed.  Most of the time, we need four treatments to see positive results, then we re-evaluate the treatment plan; usually patients need 10-12 treatments.

You need to eat a couple of hours before the treatment.  We don’t want patients to be too full or too hungry during the treatment.  After the treatment, try to relax as much as possible and let the treatment work for you; don’t do anything extreme.  If you must go to the gym, hot tub, or something similar, please wait 5-6 hours.

What is Qi, Yin, and Yang?
Qi is the vital force in life.  Everything in the world is made of Qi; its the most basic substance constituting the world.  In the body, it’s the most fundamental substance and produces all movement for us.

The body is composed of Yin and Yang and health is achieved when the two are in complete balance.  Yin is nurturing, peaceful, resting aspect, while Yang is the fiery, active, forceful aspect.  You can see by those vague descriptions that you wouldn’t solely want either one of these to take over the body and that the balance is essential.

What do you mean, there is something wrong with my spleen?
In TCM, the Spleen is in charge of digestion of our food and fluids.  It sends the substances to where in the body they are needed and makes them into usable substances.  When the Spleen is lacking nutrients, symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, fatigue, and edema can occur.  We also say that it nourishes the muscles, so when it’s not functioning properly, there can be weak muscles, or numbness in the limbs. So please when an acupuncturist mentions your Spleen (or any other organ), please don’t run to a traditional doctor and tell them there is something wrong your Spleen!

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