Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an approach to health that is thousands of years old. The basic principle is that symptoms and diseases are a reflection of physical, mental, emotional, or energetic imbalances. The body will return to its natural state of health once balance is achieved.

Patients are often amazed at the results they achieve. This is a testament to the amazing power of the TCM approach and the modalities that support the body to regain balance, harmony and health.

Other TCM modalities include cupping, moxa, gua sha, and Chinese herbs. Each treatment has a specific purpose and treatment effect, adding depth and variety to tools available to the physician. Patients are routinely prescribed Chinese herbs to take daily, which support the effects of the other treatments.

Acupuncture is one of several treatments employed by practitioners of TCM to address imbalances. Acupuncture works by promoting the flow of energy, or Qi, through your meridians, which are channels of energy that connect your organs and travel throughout your body. TCM and acupuncture can help with many health issues, such as:

SCNM Medical Center

At the SCNM Medical Center, we treat patients of all ages with conditions ranging from mild to severe. We provide primary care to improve your general heath as well as specialty care to treat specific conditions. To book an acupuncture appointment with the providers at the SCNM Medical Center, click here.

Neil Riordan Center

At the Neil Riordan Center, we help patients manage pain through stimulation therapies and non-opioid treatments, including acupuncture. To book an acupuncture appointment with our pain management providers at the Neil Riordan Center, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Acupuncture as a safe treatment method that has been uilitzed for over 3,000 years as a technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine or Oriental Medicine. During a typical acupuncture treatment session, thin needles are inserted in precise acupuncture points / energy pathways of your body. Once the needle is inserted, a sensation will be created through manipulation of the needle by the physician. Once the sensation is created, the nervous system will notice the sensation and healing will begin.

In order to make sure acupuncture is the right treatment for you, our physicians will look at your tongue, check your pulse, identify symptom patterns, and any other imbalances or causes of symptoms.

Treatment will begin once one of our physicians determines that acupuncture is the right treatment for you. On average, 20 thin, hygienic, regulated, and safe needles are inserted in precise acupuncture points / energy pathways of your body for about 30 minutes.

Once the needle is inserted, a sensation will be created through manipulation of the needle by the physician. Once the sensation is created, the nervous system will notice the sensation, and will release natural chemicals to the area of pain to allow healing to occur.

The new patient consultation takes around 30 minutes, while the procedure itself takes another 30 minutes.

The main purpose of acupuncture is to treat mental and physical pain by bringing the energy flow back to normal balance in the areas that are being affected by injuries, conditions, and diseases. Acupuncture allows for the mind and body to return to its normal energy flow and natural healing state.

Before- Patients should make sure they are drinking water and have a small meal in their system. Also, we advise avoiding caffeinated drinks, intense exercise, and sexual activity before treatment.

After- Patients should rest for a few hours and remain staying hydrated. They should also avoid intense exercise, alcohol, and refrain from other medical treatments.

The needles are very thin, so you may not even feel when our physician inserts them. Each patient’s pain tolerance varies, but most patients are satisfied with the little pain they feel. However, some trigger points and sensitive areas can cause early uneasiness, but often, an incredible soothing feeling replaces the early discomfort.

Yes, the acupuncture needles are sterile, regulated, and disposable to insure patient and physician safety. The procedure itself is also safe because there are no chemicals being injected into the body and no side effects to the treatment. However, some acupuncture points can be located near nerves, lungs, and other potentially dangerous areas. But, our highly trained physicians know where to be extra cautionary and provide you with a safe and effective experience.

You can receive acupuncture treatments at both the SCNM Medical Center, which is a general care clinic and the Neil Riordan Center, which is a pain management clinic.

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