What conditions can be treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine?
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used for thousands of years to treat countless medical conditions. Over the past few decades, extensive research has been conducted to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture and clarify its scope of practice. While much of this research is still in its infancy, there has been enough scientific evidence that even conventional Western medicine is advocating acupuncture.
According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is an effective therapy in the treatment of over 40 common diseases, including:
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Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a well-trained practitioner who is nationally certified and state licensed. The practitioner must have a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as well as extensive knowledge of Chinese medical theory, practice, and techniques. In most states, the minimum requirements for licensure includes a Masters level education, which encompasses 3-4 years of full-time academic study and clinical experience.
Are the needles sterile?
All of the needles used at Sage Medicine are individually packaged, single use, sterile needles from highly reputable manufacturers using the latest technology to ensure safety. After each treatment the needles are placed in a medical bio-hazard container for safe disposal.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture can be virtually painless, however, it is not without sensation. Sensations range from nothing at all to a tingling warmth or heavy feeling. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. In fact, 10 to 20 acupuncture needles can fit into just one hypodermic needle.
Many acupuncture lineages have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve profound results with almost no sensation. Accurate point location, appropriate point selection, and focused intention become the most essential components of an acupuncture treatment. At Sage Medicine, we prefer this elegant and gentle approach.
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments varies for each individual. Depending on the condition at hand, a course of treatment can range from 3 to 12 sessions. The purpose of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is to get you well, however, many people come to love acupuncture and make it a regular part of their overall wellness program. Acupuncture is an excellent way to maintain good health and prevent imbalances from reoccurring.
Can acupuncture be used as preventative medicine, even if I don’t have symptoms?
Yes. Acupuncture is often used as preventative medicine. Many of our patients only receive treatments 2-4 times a year to prevent disease and promote health and vitality. For general health and well-being, it is advisable to have four treatments a year, coinciding with the change of seasons. These preventative treatments act as a "tune-up", much like an oil change for your car, and can be extremely helpful to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress, and prevent a relapse of pain or other conditions. Acupuncture is an excellent way to maintain good health!
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
Yes, many insurance companies cover acupuncture in the state of Oregon. At Sage Medicine, we accept most major health insurance plans and would be happy to look into your individual benefits for you. Please call our office for more
information about your insurance coverage.
Are Chinese herbs safe?
Chinese herbs are very safe and effective as long as they are properly prescribed and administered by a well-trained Chinese Herbalist. It is important that patients do not self-diagnose and self-treat using Chinese herbs. While an herbal formula can be safe and effective for one patient, it may actually be dangerous for another patient for whom it is not indicated. Chinese herbs are powerful medicine. As with prescription pharmaceuticals, one should not take a medication that was not prescribed for him/her.
In addition, the quality of the herbs themselves is essential for their safety and effectiveness. It is critical to purchase herbs from companies that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Processes) certified. Herbs that come from reputable companies who routinely test for contaminants and adulterants, and are also tested by a third party to assure the accuracy of their ingredients, proven by a Certificate of Analysis (COA), are safe for consumption.
Have the herbs been tested for contaminants?
At Sage Medicine, we only prescribe herbs and supplements from companies that pass rigorous quality control standards, including testing for heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, bacteria, molds and yeast. The manufacturers we trust endure thorough testing to ensure the accuracy, potency, and safety of their ingredients.
Are there any side effects of Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs can have side effects. If the formula is accurately prescribed, side effects are rare. The most common side effects are digestive discomforts including nausea, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, and stomachache. Other side effects may include mild headache, sweating, dry mouth, irritability and agitation. These are typically quite mild and are often alleviated by taking the herbs with food. Side effects may also indicate that your formula needs to be adjusted to better accommodate your individual needs. It is of utmost importance for the practitioner to be aware of any and all supplements, vitamins and medications that the patient is taking so that any potential interactions can be evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
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