ACUPUNCTURE & CUPPING

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TINY NEEDLES, BIG DIFFERENCE

Maybe 6 months or so ago, I decided to try out acupuncture and cupping for a couple reasons. Firstly, because it just looked so awesome to me. And second, because the chiropractic work and physical therapy I was doing to aleviate neck pain and tense muscles was working, but not 100%.

My husband amazingly beat me to trying out this ancient medical practice, and it has helped him immensely with both back pain and knee pain (he does manual labor and has bad joints, and doesn’t always listen to my unsolicited adivse - but do husbands ever?)

So, after one visit, I was hooked. And not only do I use acupuncture to help my muscles, but headaches, stomach issues, brain function & support for my epilepsy. I visited when I was going through SERIOUS sugar withdrawls, and basically any time I sneeze I just call up Jing.

A lot of my Instagram followers had questions, so I asked Jing to hook us up and answer them for us in a much more medically sound way than I could. Check out Jing Wu at Jennifer Layne Acupuncture in Rutherford!

What can I expect during my appointment?

After you fill out the new patient intake, the practitioner will discuss in detail of the condition you are looking to get treated for.  Your acupuncturist will also examine your tongue, feel your pulse, and possibly press on specific parts of your abdomen to make a Chinese medicine diagnosis.  The different areas of the tongue, abdomen and radial pulse correspond to different organ systems of the body and help to confirm the treatment plan for your condition.   Then the acupuncturist will insert specific acupuncture points while you relax comfortably on a massage table.  Once all the needles are in, you will relax for approximately 20-30 minutes.    

 

Does it hurt? 

Some people might feel a slight quick sensation upon insertion, most people might not feel anything at all. 

Editors note: certain spots are more sensitive than others, but for the most part the needles are so tiny that you can’t even feel them!

 

Can I get injured?  

All qualified license acupuncturist know how to properly perform acupuncture to avoid any injury.

 

Why does cupping leave marks? 

The cup marks left by the treatment are due to the release of build-up toxins, stagnant blood and fluid that has accumulated in area(s) of pain and dysfunction.  Cupping helps to relax tension and promoted circulation of the skin and underlying muscles.

 

Who is a candidate for acupuncture/cupping? 

Any patients wanting to get relief from health conditions they are dealing with on a daily basis. Acupuncture is not just for pain, it also helps a wide variety of health conditions including digestive/GI issues, emotional/mental stress, neurological disorders, cancer support, autoimmune disease support, seasonal allergies, fertility/gynecological problems, arthritis and much more.  Acupuncture does not just treat the symptoms, but the overall health of a patient.  Cupping is supplemental to acupuncture treatments under the practitioner’s discretion when treating your condition. 

 

What are the benefits? 

Besides feeling relief from the health condition you are getting treatment for, patients will see a positive difference in energy, sleep, digestion, and mood even if they were not a focus of your treatment goals.   

 

What kind of injuries or pain can be treated?

Most musculoskeletal conditions whether acute or chronic.  

 

Are there any patients that should avoid acupuncture or cupping?

It is not typical that acupuncture would need to be avoided as a treatment modality given the fact that it is gentle and minimally invasive.  If you have any concerns, please address it with your practitioner.

 

How often should I receive treatment? 

It is recommend to get an acupuncture treatment once a week for three to four week to see the most optimal results.  More treatments may be needed depending on your progress and the treatment plan as determined by your practitioner.  For more acute conditions, twice a week treatments may also be appropriate.

   

How many times do I need to be treated before I experience results? 

Most patients can see progress after three to four consecutive treatments on a weekly basis.  Results vary based on each patient and the condition being treated. 

What kind of training does an acupuncturist go through? 

In New Jersey, all practitioners must have a Bachelor’s, complete a 3 years Master’s acupuncture program, and successfully pass the National and NJ Acupuncture Boards. 

 

How do I go about finding a good practitioner? 

Inquiring with your local practitioner(s) to discuss your condition, concerns and questions can help to see if he/she resonates the best with you and make you feel the most comfortable.  

Editors note: A good resource to start is https://www.acufinder.com/

What other treatments can be used in conjunction with my visits for maximum results (diet practices, exercises or yoga, chiropractic, etc.). 

A healthy diet and exercise are always great practices for optimal health.  Your practitioner will give you specific advice and suggestions based condition and Chinese diagnosis.  Many patients do find either massage therapy, chiropractic care, physical therapy or a combination to be beneficial as well.   

 

Explain chi & how these treatments help with that. 

Qi/Chi is fundamental concept in Chinese medicine and acupuncture which can be interpreted as the energy flow in our bodies.  According to Chinese medicine theory, when we encounter a health issue there is an imbalance of the Qi in our body.  Acupuncture uses specific points based on diagnosis to determine how to regulate the imbalance and help your body heal. 

 

Can these treatments help with internal issues? (ie. weight loss, neurological disorders, digestive disorders, mental health, etc) and what are the limitations within these types of treatments?

Acupuncture can help most internal issues – digestive, neurological, mental/emotional, hormonal, gynecological, respiratory, circulatory, and immune disorders.  (It can help support metabolic function, but is not a “miracle treatment” and should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet & exercise)

 

Are there side effects?

Most people feel really relaxed after a treatment.  Some people might feel slightly lightheaded or tired right after treatment.  Slight muscle soreness and bruising are also normal at areas of needle insertion.   

 

Recovery time?

Recovery varies between patients, some feel relief right after treatment others may see process after a couple hours or days. 

 

Is there an after-appointment best practice you recommend? 

Always keep hydrated and eat healthy.  You can go about your everyday activity, but recommended not to do anything to overexert your body.  The acupuncture treatment started the process of healing your body which continues even after treatment, so healthy practices help the progress and not overwhelm the body. 

What should I be feeling after treatment? 

After your treatment, you want to pay more attention to your body and how you feel.  You want to take note of any progress you may see – intensity, frequency, and for long you see any progress?  Also, be more aware of what other things may help or aggravated your condition.  These details can help your practitioner know how to better treat your health problem. 

 

How should I prepare myself before coming to treatment?

Do not come to the session on an empty stomach.  You do not have to be full, but at least a snack can give your body enough energy to for an optimal treatment.  

 

Can you treat multiple conditions at once?

Yes, usually we recommend treating the priority issues first.  Doing too much in one session especially in the beginning may be too overwhelming on your body.  Your body needs time to heal. 

Thanks so much to Jing for answering all these questions!!

Have you ever tried acupuncture or cupping? What was your experience like? Would you recommend it?

xx