At Sunshine Acupuncture Center, we've done our best to create a Web site that anticipates and satisfies our clients' needs. With that goal in mind, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, contact us at 727-797-1161 or Andy19951997@yahoo.com.
Q: How does Acupuncture work ?
A: Acupuncture has been practiced as a component of the health care system of China for over 2,000 years. Based on the holistic approach of the Chinese culture and observation and research of patients and diseases over time, It views the human body as a biological energy field rather than a collection of organs and that the energy (Qi, pronounced as "Chee" ) that flows through the meridian system similar to the nerve system is essential for health. A harmonious, smooth, free flow of energy indicates health while disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points by inserting fine needles into those related acupuncture points along the meridian system.
Recent research shows that acupuncture induces subtle changes in the central nerves system and progressively increases the secretion of neuro-transmitters, serotonin and endorphins in particular; and activates the body’s natural healing process (i.e. stimulation of the adrenal glands to secrete corticosteroid).
National Health Institute(NIH) sponsored research showed promising results about the efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. It also concluded that there are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.
Q: Is Acupuncture covered by my Insurance Plan?
A: More and more insurance plans are adding coverage for Acupuncture treatment. You may call your insurance administrator to verify your coverage. Florida House Bill No. 461, 1987 dictates that any insurance plan that covers a licensed medical doctor performing Acupuncture treatment should provide the same coverage to a licensed Acupuncture physician.
Q: Do Acupuncture needles hurt?
A: Acupuncture needles are so fine and thin that they are literally the size of a human hair. When they are applied, You may feel a slight tingling or a swelling , electric sensation, some times, accompanied by a pricking, numbing, heaviness sensation, in the area around the needles. The sensation usually lasts only a moment and subsides after the needle is placed.
Q: Are Acupuncture needles clean?
A: Yes! Dr. Wang uses disposable Acupuncture needles only and they are surgically sterilized by the manufacturer.
Q: What treatments do I need?
A: Dr. Wang will evaluate your condition and give you an estimate of your treatment plan during your first visit The treatments needed depends on the nature and severity of your condition. For chronic ailments, three to fifteen treatments are generally adequate while for acute disorders, fewer treatments may be enough. The treatment usually includes Acupuncture with or without Electro-Stimulation, Massage, Heat Therapy and/or herbs.
Q: What can I Expect from Acupuncture Treatment?
A. Most people feel relief from their symptoms immediately while others may feel the effect in the middle of the treatment process (days or weeks) depending on the nature and severity of symptoms and their own health status.
In general, they experience relaxation of their body and mind and sense of wellbeing through the rejuvenation of their energy.
Many people who have lived with their pain symptoms for so long believe that they will just have to live with it. Others live with their condition thinking that it will go away. But Acupuncture is here to help. It is natural and holistic. Throughout the long history of practice in China, Asia, Europe and relative short history in America, It has proven successful in many cases where other treatments have not. Many MD practitioners are learning Acupuncture to offer it themselves or integrating it into their treatment plan by referring their patients to receive Acupuncture treatment. You can have the best of what the Western and Eastern medicine can offer.