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Q.How to find a licensed Acupuncture Doctor in Texas?
A.Texas State Board of Medical Examiner(TSBME) issues Acupuncture license to qualified practitioner in Texas.Before the review of TSBME, Applier must pass the NCCAOM licene Tests of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. It is wrong to practice Acupuncture without TSBME license in Texas.
 

Q. How to find a good Acupuncture doctor?
A. As acupuncture getting popular, it looks like everybody in medical field want to practice acupuncture now. It is good news for the national attention and recognition to acupuncture. But for the quality of service, it is wise to find a good doctor to do acupuncture. For a good acupuncture doctor, He must pass NCCAOM license tests  both in acupuncture (6 hrs ) and Chinese herbology (5 hr), then receive TSBME Acupuncture license. If he has 10 yrs practice experience, that is a plus.
 
Q. How to find a good Chinese Acupuncture doctor?
A. Who must be trained in China, both in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine (usually take 8-10 yrs medical school training); Who have been practicing for more than 15 yrs; Who speaking a fair English, understanding your story; You feel your Qi matches each other.
 
Q. What is acupuncture?
A. Acupuncture is an important therapy of Traditional Chinese medicine, in which very fine needles are inserted into the body at specific points to balance our body and improve health problems. These points have been mapped out over the centuries, each with specific anatomical locations and specific indications and uses.

Q. Does acupuncture hurt? Is it safe?

A. Acupuncture needles are, quite different from injection needles, very fine - slightly thicker than a human hair. Usually, There should be very little or no discomfort with needle insertion. But certain points, when needle is inserted, you may feel slight tender or sore for 5-10 seconds. For your safety, we use disposable needles exclusively. These needles are disposed of through a medical hazardous waste company, just as hospitals and western medical clinics.

Q. How does acupuncture work?

A. According to Chinese medical, acupuncture stimulates the flow of the Qi in the body, and thus promotes good health and alleviates pain. From a western medical perspective, we know that acupuncture has an effect on the nervous, vascular, musculo-skeletal, endocrine and other systems of the body, but the precise mechanisms are still undergoing investigation.

Q. DOES acupuncture work?

A. Yes it does. It has been used in China for over 3500 years for the treatment of various diseases and for health maintenance. The World Health Organization officially recognizes acupuncture as suitable treatment for over two hundred common clinical disorders. There have also been a number of studies which document the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of various disorders. (See Acupuncture Page.)

Q. How many treatments will I need?

A. This will depend on your complaints and the severity and duration of your conditions. Minor problems may only require a few treatments, but more severe or complicated cases may require more. In general, we recommend a series of 4-10 treatments. You may discuss your progress with your practitioner at the time of each treatment. Usually one or two treatments per week is sufficient, but it depends on your condition. Many conditions can be alleviated very rapidly with acupuncture and herbs. Chronic illnesses may require treatment for several weeks or longer. Acute problems generally respond much faster. As in any form of medical care, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome and course of treatment.

Q. How long will it take to get results?

A. Most of people will feel relieve after even one treat but substantial improvement will take 4-10 treatments. Patients come for Oriental medical treatment for a variety of reasons. Patients often come to acupuncture/Oriental medicine because western medicine has been unable to effectively treat a particular condition. Patients also come because they are trying to avoid surgery or are trying to avoid or reduce their western medications, which often have unwanted side effects. Other patients come because they have a chronic condition; not because they are looking for a cure, but because they are looking for an improvement in their quality of life. Like western medicine, the ideal of Oriental medicine is to eliminate the cause of a given disease, not just the symptoms. However, Oriental medicine may be used to alleviate symptoms, when eliminating the problem is not possible.

Q. Can I exercise after a treatment?

A. We recommend that patients relax and take it easy after a treatment 1-2 hrs. The treatments can move the Qi or energy around and thus the patient needs to relax to let the Qi(energy) settle and harmonize. Exercising does not give a person's Qi an opportunity to harmonize and settle.

Q. Will acupuncture help me lose weight?

A. Acupuncture is an important part of a weight-loss plan, it is used to suppress your craving for food and reduce stresses as an exclusive means for weight-loss. However, weight control is a life style issue, including a sensible diet, exercise, Meditation, and emotional support.

Q. How do the meridians work?

A. The ancient Chinese Medicine discovered that the Qi(energy) flows through meridians in the body. Along these meridians are acupuncture points where the Qi can be accessed. Through stimulation of these points, through acupuncture, moxabustion, and acupressure, the Qi can be stimulated and strengthened.

Q. What is moxa?

A. Moxa is form of heat therapy, in which burning an herb called Aiye in Chinese (or artemisiae vulgaris in Latin) is burned over an afflicted area or acupuncture point. As acupuncture points can be stimulated with an acupuncture needle or with finger pressure, they can also be stimulated with heat, using burning moxa. In this process, the skin is not burned but only heated up. This type of therapy is used for cold diseases and deficient diseases.

Q. Will the herbs you prescribe interfere with my prescription medication?

A. In most cases, your herbal formula can be taken seperately time with your regular prescription. But if you are taking coumardin or plan to have a surgery you may have to be cautious about take herb together.

In general Chinese herbal formulas are gentle on the body and when practiced properly have few side effects. The formula may be altered or adjusted as a patient's condition changes. When we first give an herbal formula to a patient we use a low dose to see its effect and may gradually increase the dosage over time. If an herbal formula seems to have some unwanted effected on the body, we ask our patients to stop taking the herbs until they have consulted their practitioner. It is always a good idea to discuss your medical treatment with your medical doctor. If a patient is taking Chinese herbal medicines, trying to reduce their western medication, he or she should go back to the prescribing physician and have a discussion about reducing medications over time.

Q. How long will my appointment last?

A. For your fist visit, it take 1 or 1/2 hrs. After that, each treat last 30 to 45 min.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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