What is acupuncture?
What are the medical bases for acupuncture?
Is acupuncture right for me?
Does acupuncture hurt?
How long does acupuncture treatment take?
What is the scalp acupuncture?
How does acupuncture work?
How do you treat the patient?
How long before I start feeling the effects?
Where is Mu Acupuncture and Herbs located?

✦ What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing arts in the world. Practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture helps restore and maintain health by establishing balance within the body.

Chinese Medicine believes that a person's health depends on the interaction between yin and yang, symbolized by a gracefully divided circle that together represents the whole being. The colder, more passive yin has to properly stabilize the hotter, more active yang. When these two elements become imbalanced, symptoms arise that appear as a pain or an illness. These imbalances occur when certain pathways in the body, called meridians, become blocked and inhibit the flow of Qi, or the person's vital energy.

The goal of acupuncture is to remedy this imbalance within the body by promoting proper flow of Qi. This can be done with methods that integrate the use of acupuncture needles, moxibustion (heat), cupping (suction), massage, and herbs. These tools are used to stimulate certain parts of the body in order to reinitiate the smooth flow of Qi and restore the body's balance.

✦ What are the medical bases for acupuncture?
While Oriental medicine has so far eluded traditional western explanations, research has slowly begun to illuminate the numerous biological responses acupuncture can elicit. Pathways are initiated by acupuncture in both the areas where needles are applied and certain regions of the brain and periphery; acupuncture can initiate responses throughout the body by stimulating the sensory nerves and central nervous system.

One of the pathways being studied involves the release of opioids such as endorphins in response to acupuncture. This release of endorphins helps explain some common effects of acupuncture such as its ability to alleviate pain. Research has also shown that acupuncture can affect the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, two major control centers for neurotransmitters and hormones.

✦ Is acupuncture right for me?
If you would like a more natural method of maintaining or restoring your health or if you have an illness that western medicine cannot properly address, then Chinese acupuncture might be beneficial for you. Chinese medicine can deal with many problems that western medicine does not know how to treat or issues that it only partially addresses.

This is due to the fact that while western medicine spends much of its time trying to resolve the symptoms of illnesses, acupuncture tries to target the cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. Acupuncture's approach to treating illnesses circumvents many of the problems, such as heavy side-effects and temporary results, associated with western medicine. Combined with the use of natural herbs, acupuncture provides a holistic and lasting method of addressing many health problems.

✦ Does acupuncture hurt?
The acupuncture needles used are very thin. Anywhere from five to ten acupuncture needles can fit into one ordinary hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are not hollow as the case with hypodermic needles; instead, they consist of fine steel. Some people feel a pinch or sting when a needle is inserted and others might feel warmth or tingling for a few seconds.

✦ How long does acupuncture treatment take?
One acupuncture treatment takes from one hour to an hour and a half. Depending on the patient's circumstance and problem; some may take longer or shorter.

✦ What is the scalp acupuncture?
Scalp Acupuncture, also known as Neuroacupuncture or head acupuncture, is a treatment based on knowledge of traditional acupuncture and neurology. It is done by inserting acupuncture needles into skin tissue layer of the scalp to stimulate the brain neurons of the underlying area. Since the skull protects the brain and there are no organs in the scalp to injure it is a very safe treatment. Scalp Acupuncture works by stimulating the brain cells that are related to the impaired functions. The mechanism is three-fold: to ‘wake-up’ the brain cells that are not dead but lacking in proper functioning, to encourage recruitment of healthy brain cells to perform the lost function and to promote an healthy reintegration of the brain system.

Scalp Acupuncture is most commonly used for post-stroke and brain surgery therapy. There is good clinical evidence for its treatment not only of Aphasia but other neurological problems including Paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Motor Neuron Diseases, Phantom Limb Syndrome, Meniere’s Syndrome, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Chorea, Alzheimer’s Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Scalp Acupuncture can help regain speech in all kinds of Aphasia: expressive, receptive, anomic or global. A treatment takes one hour. One to three treatments a week is usually recommended. Frequency of treatment may change depending on the progress.

✦ How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi or natural healing energy in an effort to restore the body natural balance.

✦ How do you treat the patient?
During the first session, a personalized treatment is created for each patient after gauging their health history and main complaint. Then, this treatment is provided during the session. Subsequent sessions will use the information and personalized treatment created during the first visit to continue working on the patient's chief concern.

Treatments include the use of disposable hair-thin needles with or without electrical stimulation for acupuncture. Sometimes tiny amounts of herbs such as mugwort or moxa are burned and held painlessly over the stimulation point (moxibustion). Therapeutic lamps, cups, magnetic pellets, and natural Chinese herbs or formulas may also be used in treatment depending on the individual and their specialized treatment.

✦ How long before I start feeling the effects?
Each patient is different and treatments are specialized to cater to the individual. Rough estimates of the time it takes to treat different conditions can be found on the Conditions Treated page.

Keep in mind that acupuncture treats the root causes of different illnesses and diseases, not just the symptoms. Rather than snipping off the few diseased leaves on a tree, acupuncture targets the actual parasites that cause the disease. This means that while the treatment will be more comprehensive, it is not an instantaneous fix. Acupuncture takes time to be fully effective.

✦ Where is Mu Acupuncture and Herbs located?
Fang Mu's practice is located in High Point, North Carolina; near Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Tel: (336) 885-8898  |  Fax: (336) 436-9138  |  FangMu@muacupuncture.com  |  www.muacupuncture.com