Acupuncture, Cupping & Moxa


Q: How does acupuncture work on the human body?


In the words of Leon Hammer: Acupuncture is “...a congenial system of healing that embodies the inseparability of beady and mind, spirit and matter, nature and man, philosophy and reality; a personal, subtle, gentle, yet highly technical medical system, which allows you to be close to essence-to the life force-both your own and that of others”....


“Think of a river flowing through an ecosystem. Does it flow well, does the water circulate smoothly? What is the quality of the water? Does the river exert a healthy influence on the surrounding landscape and its inhabitants, and vice versa?“....


“The ecological approach of Oriental medicine means that not only are individual symptoms studied and diagnosed, but the whole picture, the composite, is as well. The understanding is that a disruption in one aspect can disrupt everything else as well, and a problem may need to be examined on many different levels to be fully comprehended. Thus, both diagnosis and treatment are aimed at the restoration of ecological balance. This approach yields a complex and deep appreciation of complex and deep human beings.”


Q: In which cases is Acupuncture  appropriate? Can acupuncture also help with mental illness?


A: Acupuncture does not cure diseases. It helps people who suffer to awaken the self-healing forces in their bodies. In this sense it can be applied to anyone who suffers, either physically or mentally.


Q: How many sessions do I need and how often?


A: Sometimes only one therapy session is sufficient to achieve the therapeutic effect, particularly as the more recent and not chronic is the morbid condition. Sometimes the therapeutic effect, especially if we have a chronic disease condition, can occur after 10 or 20 sessions. Generally speaking, three Acupuncture Sessions should be done to allow the therapist along with the patient to take into account if he / she benefits from the therapeutic application of Acupuncture. The frequency of acupuncture depends on the condition. Acute conditions may require even three acupuncture sessions a week. For chronic conditions one to three times a week is a good frequency.


Q: I'm in an acute phase of my problem, can I do acupuncture now?


A: Applying acupuncture in acute conditions has wonderful results. Many times it removes the harmful energy and we have very rapid therapeutic results.


Q: Will I need to change my habits (diet, exercise, sleep, etc)?


A: Our habits are the ones that give birth to the disease. If we do not change them we can not get help. Furthermore, the change in our way of thinking and life, is the basic prerequisite for any treatment.


Q: Would you recommend me some diet or herbal remedies?


A: As part of the Acupuncture treatment sessions offered at VITALIST HEALING TRADITIONS, nutritional changes and herbal remedies are highly recommended. In fact part of our services is Holistic Herbalism & Oriental Dietetics, where we go deeper into individual constitutions as we create protocols, using foods and plants as medicine.


Q: Can I combine Acupuncture with other alternative therapies like homeopathy, herbalism, reflexology, shiatsu?


A: Of course, this is often necessary for a faster and more stable therapeutic effect.


Q: Is there a chance not to get benefit from Acupuncture?


A: Of course there are patients who do not respond to Acupuncture. This is due either to the inability of the therapist to open pathways to the patient's body, or to the fact that the person himself blocks the paths and is not allowing the vital force to be aligned. In this case, the therapist should recommend a change of therapist or change of the treatment method.


Q: Can I get hurt by Acupuncture?


A: Many, want to know what to expect during an acupuncture treatment. With the insertion of needles, you may feel certain sensations, some of which may be pleasant and others uncomfortable. You may feel a dull ache, tingling sensation local to the needle or elsewhere in the body, a sensation of fullness, energy moving through the body, relaxation, or a sensation of tightness. That is all normal. But if you feel anything sharp that is the needle and just let us know. Also, after treatment you may feel grounded, relaxed, and possibly “spacey”. That’s normal with acupuncture.


Q: Is there an opportunity for the Acupuncturist to put the needle at a "wrong" point, so this would cause harm to the patient?


A: There are no "wrong" points. In the worst case, the Acupuncturist will not be able to stimulate the spot. But even if this happens, there is no harm to the patient. We just have an indifferent treatment session.


Q: I take medications, can I do acupuncture?


A: Blood thinning medications could be contraindication for acupuncture. It is best to speak to your General Practitioner to see if acupuncture is right for you based on the medications you are currently taking.


Q: Is Acupuncture painful?


A: Acupuncture should be a very pleasant experience. At times there is a heavy sensation felt throughout the treatment, as described above. This is an indication that the acupuncture is working quite well. Always let your acupuncturist know if anything feels uncomfortable.


Q: What will happen during the first session?


A: During the first session we will have a discussion on the history of the disease. During the intake, you will be asked many questions, some related specifically to your complaint and others seemingly unrelated. Traditional Chinese Medicine requires the entire person be taken into consideration, so we can determine what is causing the condition or disease. It is the whole person we are concerned with not the symptom. Acupuncture is immediately followed.

  Here are some Tips for Your Acupuncture Treatments:

  1  Wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees. Also, you may need to expose your abdomen from your rib cage to the top of your hips, so avoid one-piece suits or dresses.

  2  Be sure you have eaten at least a light meal within a few hours prior to arriving.

  3  Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment.

  4  Avoid overeating immediately before treatment. Being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness.

  5  Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated after your appointment

  6  For best results, avoid strenuous activity immediately following a treatment. Set aside enough time so that you are not rushing to and from your visit. Physical strain immediately before or after acupuncture can weaken your body.

  7  Keep a positive attitude and EXPECT positive results. As we follow through on your treatment plan, look for signs of improvement and take encouragement from them. Build an attitude that expects positive results and know that profound healing is possible. Your belief and expectation have an incredibly strong influence on your body, and is a key factor in healing.

Read more FQA about Acupuncture clicking on the following links below:

NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

AKADIMIA (Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ancient Greek Medicine)