Around the morning coffee, Eugeneites converse looking into the truths and myths of acupuncture as they have experienced that form of medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used world wide for thousands of years for a variety of human health complaints gaining popularity in the United States since 1990. Former President Nixon was given first hand viewing of a surgical procedure using acupuncture in the early 1970’s which the IRS then permitted acupuncture to be deducted as a medical expense following that visit.
Discomfort can be successfully controlled with this old traditional pain remedy. Today it remains controversial, yet is sometimes a choice made instead of conventional medical practices. Cessation of smoking, weight loss, migraines and stress related disorders are quite often a selected option using TCM.
A complete history is rendered prior to any appointments with practitioners so the visit is not a drop in type office visit.
One thought of individuals is that the painful insertion of the needles inserted in any of the 14 meridians is done without deadening the sites first thus creating a high level of discomfort. When accepting the tiny piercing, one feels only the slightest prick not needing any anesthesia to begin treatment.
What could be agitating is taken care of with preliminary preparation done regarding the total environment being considered. Some restful time is given to slow the pulse and acclimate oneself to the surroundings for mental relaxation. Gentle, soft melodies play that are barely audible to dull the auditory system. Little distractions of decor in the room tend to calm and soothe the entire body. Room temperature is made for the comfort of the patient. A clean smell is the only one the olfactory senses can be aware of while in the office proximity which smell like clothes hung outside on a sunny, windy day.
A supine (face up) position is used unless a prone (face down) or one side position is needed.
A highly trained acupuncturist explains the procedure and questions are answered while the affected area is revealed for treatment. No talking is done by patient or practitioner during the treatment. With some ailments, more than one visit is needed.
Only sterile needles have been prepared for insertion. Generally more than one is used with the count being controlled by the ailment being treated.
Lying down or remaining in the office is recommended for 15 minutes, after the needles have been removed, depending on the patients reactions. There are rarely any side effects. Tea or a similar beverage is offered during the waiting time after the procedure is finished.
Ample water intake is recommended for the next 2 to 4 hours after arriving home from acupuncture therapy. There are no restrictions unless given solely by the practitioner. A follow up call is made to check on the progress of the patient the next day or two.
Expenses vary depending on the course of TCM ranging from $70 upward until completion of treatment is rendered.