Pureme Acupuncture at Westwood Family Chiropractic and Acupuncture

What is acupuncture and how does it work?

A key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) explains that for several thousand years acupuncture has been taught and used to help restores proper flow of “life force” or “energy” or “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the body’s vital energy that flows through the body on pathways called, meridians. Some studies and research suggests meridians are distinct from blood vessels and lymph systems.

Similar to, but different from, your nervous system. Each meridian connects to a specific organ, or group of organs, that governs particular body functions. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of the body, the Yin and yang, in Western medicine and chiropractic it is called the “inborn” or “Innate” intelligence (that which causes and maintains the body to be a living entity). The Yin and Yang are considered complementary opposites that, in TCM, are reflected in all beings and throughout nature.

Acupuncture is used by millions around the world for a variety of health issues including headaches, Migraines, pain, inflammation, arthritis, digestion and bowel problems, lung and breathing problems, smoking cessation, infertility, weight loss, and many other health challenges in patients of all ages. That is why we offer this holistic, nondrug, complimentary service to our patients. It has been shown to be effective and works so well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments when patients have needed additional care for severe acute and or chronic pain while they receive their needed chiropractic care. Since each is a separate and distinct healing art it is not a concern should a patient have only one or the other. Chiropractic care is the most important consideration as without proper spinal alinement and nerve integrity acupuncture is merely a form of symptom relief. The spine must first initiated proper alignment which improves neural integrity. As this occurs acupuncture becomes more effective. The key is to first reducing spinal subluxations with specific chiropractic spinal adjustments. Then introduce acupuncture to help balance the body. together both help improve the way the nervous system and nerve impulses (the body’s vital energy) travel throughout the body to balances the flow of qi through the meridians. When qi energy is flowing normally, and your spine has less or no subluxations then your body functions better and many conditions are improved and often go away simply because the body has less or no interference and is better able to innately repair, heal and maintain itself without drugs or surgery.

Pain

Your body produces many natural pain relievers, called endorphins. Researchers have found that acupuncture increases the levels of endorphins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and that along with chiropractic adjustments are reasons they often in conjunction are very effective at relieving neck and back pain along with pain from TMJ Disorder, Tennis Elbow, Bursitis, Neuralgia, Sciatica to name a few of the many conditions cared for. This is also thought to help by stimulating nerves to not only block pain but to improve how the nerve impulses flow which rather then just “blocks” pain it enhances the body’s ability to deal with pain.

Inflammation

Acupuncture with chiropractic care may also stimulate hormones that help control and thus reduce inflammation. They can help increases the production of Cortisol, a natural corticosteroid that effects inflammation and stress again allowing the body a better ability to adapt to various stresses while reducing inflammatory processes.
Finally, acupuncture may have local effects right at the site. It may increase blood flow and promote tissue relaxation.
Western medicine may not be able to fully explain acupuncture’s mechanism in pain relief any more then they understand the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic but, millions of Americans swear by them, especially for chronic pain. If you’re thinking about acupuncture, call our office. There is never a charge for a private consultation with the doctors to see if you or your loved one are candidates and can be helped. To arrange a convenient day and time call 201-664-4488 now.
Before your appointment we suggest avoiding caffeine, other stimulants, and other substances. Wear loose clothing and if you prefer, patient gowns are available. It’s also a good idea to visit the restroom before your visit.

First appointment

Dr. Lee will consult with you privately and work towards understanding you and your health challenges and needs. This will include your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. The questions may not always seem logical to you but, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relies on the connections between systems and the flow of energy through the body. Then, Dr. Lee will conduct a physical exam. This includes evaluating your pulses and examining the problem area, your tongue, and your face. The goal is arriving at a TMC diagnosis and care plan best for you and your conditions. If he determines you are a candidate for acupuncture you may be able to receive your first session on your first appointment. Dr. Lee will give you his professional opinion and tell you what to expect, how often you will need to be seen and for how long you’re individual care will take. Most often, care may last a few visits to a few weeks, depending on the extent of your health issues. Initial visit takes approximately 60 minutes. Regular sessions take 30- 60 minutes.

We will also review cost and if it applies, your insurance coverage (once verified) or if you will be self-pay, fees will be reviewed prior to any service. Once your findings are gone over, the choice is yours to proceed or not.

For your first visit we ask you to please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out your paperwork. We will also need your insurance information beforehand so our team may verify specific coverage. Please, have that information when you call for your appointment. Many plans have both acupuncture and chiropractic coverage but, all plans vary. However, we know the questions to ask the insurance companies to help you receive the most benefit, given you specific plan.

If you have any, it is helpful to bring lab test results or imaging reports (x-ray or CT, or MRI reports and films or discs). You could also have these results sent directly to us at westwoodfamily@optonline.net or faxed to 201-664-4501. In addition, you should bring a complete list of your medicines, over-the-counter drugs (OTCD), herbal products, and supplements. This will give Dr. Lee a complete picture of your health and history.

Depending on the treatment area, you may need to change or remove articles of clothing. You will lie down on a comfortable exam table, either facedown or on your back. Let your Dr. Lee know if you need a sheet or blanket for modesty or warmth. He will identify the specific points on your body that correspond to your care plan.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, sterile and disposable—only used once. Dr. Lee will clean the area and insert the needles at various depths. Most people describe the sensation as mild pressure, or tingling. You should not feel pain. Once in place the tinny needles will remain in place for about 10 to 30 minutes.

People respond differently to acupuncture. You may feel very relaxed—like you just had a massage—or energized after a session. Either way, plan to stay at the office until you feel clearheaded and take it easy after your session. Dr. Lee may recommend herbal supplements, dietary changes, and recommend certain office workshops and exercises as part of your care plan. Most treatment plans consist of a series of sessions. The number of sessions you need will depend on your symptoms. You may see your acupuncturist 2 to 3 times a week for several weeks. Not everyone responds to acupuncture. But keep in mind there are very few side effects, so it may be worth giving it some time. It may take a few weeks to see if it helps. Be sure to keep Dr. Gurman and your medical doctor updated with your progress.