Acupuncture is a primary health-care modality that has flourished
in China for over 2,500 years and is widely used throughout Asia and
in Europe. It is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose,
treat and prevent illness. Acupuncture in the United States has become
more popular in recent years.
more than a technique of inserting tiny thread-like needles along
meridian lines of the body, acupuncture’s complex system of
diagnostic corollaries takes into consideration the person as a whole,
not just isolated systems. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning
a “pattern of disharmony” and treating it accordingly.
Acupuncturists may use a number of modalities in their treatment including
physical therapies, herbal medicine, moxibustion and nutrition. In
diagnosing illness the practitioner will often review past and present
medical history, as well as perform an exam which will include pulse
and tongue diagnosis.
goal of acupuncture treatments is not just to relieve symptoms, but
to strengthen the body physically and emotionally, prevent disease,
control pain, and achieve longevity.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
It has been scientifically determined that human beings are actually
unique bio-energetic systems. For thousands of years Oriental medicine
has acknowledged that there is a vital force that flows through all
things which is referred to as “Qi ”(often called “energy”
in the west). Qi flows along the pathways in the human body, which
are related to the organs and the tendo-muscular system. When the
balance of energy is disturbed due to either trauma, poor diet, medications,
stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excess emotional
issues, then pain and/or illness results. Oriental medicine focuses
on correcting these energetic imbalances by breaking up obstructions
and encouraging an even flow of Qi, which stimulates the body’s
ability to heal itself.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and are surprised
how comfortable they feel during the treatment and how easily the
needles are placed. Often, people fall asleep during the treatment.
Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at specific
points on energetic pathways, known as meridians. When the needles
are inserted you may feel a slight sensation upon entry and then a
sensation of comfortable tingling and warmth as the needles connect
with the Qi. The length and frequency of treatments vary for each
individual and condition. As you improve, fewer visits are required.
IS IT SAFE?
One of the wonderful advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious
side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding on entry or removal,
and one-time disposable needles are always used in our clinic to insure
there will be no spread of disease. As well, there is no risk of the
treatments interfering with medications you may be taking.
CERTIFICATION & LICENSING
The regulation of acupuncture and Oriental medicine varies from state
to state. The NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) has established standards to practice
acupuncture safely and effectively. Many states use the NCCAOM examination
to meet licensing/registration requirements, while a few other states
such as California have developed their own examination process. Dr.
Kargman is a licensed acupuncturist through the state of Maryland,
has passed the NCCAOM’s licensing exams and is a Diplomate of
Acupuncture through the NCCAOM. In addition she received her Master’s
degree in acupuncture from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
and Health Sciences in 1997, and was valedictorian of her graduating
Many insurance companies currently cover acupuncture treatments. Check
with your insurance carrier to determine your coverage. Although we
do not take insurance as payment in our office, we will provide you
with a superbill which can be submitted to your insurance company
for your reimbursement.
IS ACUPUNCTURE FOR YOU? WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Oriental medicine and acupuncture is not only for pain management,
it is a comprehensive system of health care that is used for a variety
of conditions. It can be used by any one, from athletes who want to
optimize their performance levels, to cancer patients who are experiencing
side effects from chemotherapy or radiation. Below are some conditions
commonly treated with acupuncture:
High Blood Pressure
This is just a sample of the commonly treated conditions. Of course,
there are many more.
So, to discover whether acupuncture is helpful to you, give
it a try.
Call our office to schedule an appointment for your first treatment.
Kargman, N.M.D. L.Ac. 410.356.4600