Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture works by
stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities. Very fine disposable needles are placed in
specific points along well-defined pathways of the body. Patients may experience a sense of well-being
and relaxation during treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, serotonins and other neuro-chemicals that promote circulation and hormonal balance as well as reduce pain and inflammation.
One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is the absence of undesirable side effects. Other techniques may includes: Moxibustion (thermal therapy), Acupressure, Cupping (surface vacuum suction for hyperemia), Micro current electrical stimulation and Herbal medicine.
Traditional Chinese herbal formulas are as
effective now as they were when first introduced more than 2,000 years
ago. Most formulas consist of between two to eighteen
different types of herbs. Formulas treat a wide variety of symptoms while
invigorate the body’s natural healing process.
Traditional Oriental Medicine is a natural medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine originated in China more than 3,000 years ago, has been embraced
throughout the world.
Will the needles hurt?
Most people experience no sensation upon
needle insertion. If sensation is felt,
it is described as distension, heaviness or mild ache, nothing more than an ant
bite. Some people are more sensitive than others.The acupuncture needles are made of very fine
stainless steel with an extremely fine point.
The fineness of the needles allows them to swiftly slip into the tissue
easily, without discomfort.
Are the needles safe?
All acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized
and disposable. Clinics follows guidelines
for maximum sanitation and sterilization procedures. These procedures are in accordance with the
Hawaii State Department of Health and the Hawaii Oriental Medicine and
When do I feel better?
The response to the acupuncture treatment
varies. Some patients respond with a
single treatment while others may take five or more treatments before
What should I feel after treatment?
After the treatment there may be an
increase in energy, a lightness or brilliancy due to the acupuncture
stimulation. In some patients there is a
feeling of great relaxation which may be followed by a pleasant drowsiness,
which relieves inner tension and improves
How many treatments will be need?
In the beginning of care, it may be
necessary to treat you daily or several times a week. After your body starts regulating and gaining
function itself, then your treatments will be gradually tapered so that there are
longer intervals between treatments. Many patients choose to stay on a monthly or
bi-monthly maintenance/wellness program to check how well their body is keeping
its state of balance and to reduce the effects of accumulated daily stress.
Does insurance cover the fee?
In Hawaii, No-Fault auto accident injuries are covered and Workers’ compensation will cover for acupuncture with a physician’s referral. Some Union’s health plans such as IBEW-PECA, Mason’s Trust Fund also cover acupuncture. Kaiser and HMAA offer coverage and HMSA offers discounts. Please inquire directly with your insurance company about your coverage.
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