FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1) Is acupuncture has been approved by government?

In India Acupuncture is accepted as a mode of therapy. In this direction, the Central Health Ministry had issued order vide their No. R.14015/25/96-U&H(R)(Pt) dt. 25/11/2003.

2) How to identify a good acupuncturist?

One must visit the clinic of the acupuncturist and verify the practice and experience of the acupuncturist. For that matter the patients who received the treatment can also be interviewed. The doubts can be resolved from the acupuncturist.

3) Where one can get more information about acupuncture?

Tremendous information is available on Internet and can be accessed easily. Some of the links are given below. However, the author can be contacted on his email shripad.chodankars@gmail.com

4) Can acupuncture give a permanent cure?

In most of the cases acupuncture can cure or raise the comfort level of the patient. However, to avoid the recurrence, the patient must avoid the cause of the disease or ailment.

5) Is there any age limit?

There is no age limit for acupuncture treatment. However, the treatment is not recommended to the newborns, aged and the person who are very weak.

6) What is the care to be taken while needling?

The patient is asked to take a suitable position (posture) in order to maintain the comfort level during the treatment session, and the needling can be carried with minimum pain. The site of needling is then sterilized with cotton and sprit or suitable medium.

During the session the patient should not talk or make any movements unless he is asked to do so. The movements made by the patient after needling can cause pain or some other complications.

At the end of the treatment, after removal of the needles, the needled points are massaged with sterilized piece of cotton wool. This is done to prevent the infection and the escape of the vital energy.

7) What is the time duration of acupuncture session?

The session is continued for 20 to 45 minutes as per requirement. In acute cases, 2 or 3 sessions are carried out in a day. It is observed that after needling, the secretion of hormones, chemicals and painkiller such as endorphins is induced. The rate of secretion increases in first 10 minutes and settles in the next 10 minutes.

8) How many days the treatment is required?

The treatment sessions are carried out for 7, 10 or 15 days, daily, or every alternate day or every third day. Then the period of 7 to 10 days rest is given to allow for further improvements and thereafter the patient is reviewed and if required, the further course of action is decided.

9) What are the side effects of acupuncture?

There are no side effects of acupuncture. However, there can be accidents due to improper or careless needling by the acupuncturist. Sometimes the incidents of bleeding, swelling at the needling point can be seen but it is a temporary effect. The patient may faint if is weak and treated with empty stomach.

10) Can this be combined with other treatments?

Yes. This can be combined with other treatments. One can continue his other treatments but he must inform the therapist. In case of disorders like High / Low Blood Pressure, Diabetes the patient should not withdraw the drugs without consulting.

11) Does the needle contain medicines?

The needles do not contain any medicine. But after needling, the secretion of hormones, chemicals and painkillers such as endorphins is induced and sent to the desired site. However, there is a separate branch called Homeo-Acupuncture. Wherein, the needles are dipped in the mother tincture (homeopathic medicine) and then inserted in to the patient's body.

12) Is there any pain while inserting the needle?

If good acupuncturist inserts the needles, the patient may feel a slight pain like insect bite that to at the time of insertion only.

13) Is there any chance of bleeding while needling?

If good acupuncturist inserts the needles, normally bleeding does not occur at the time of insertion of needle.

14) Is there any chance of bleeding while removing needle?

If good acupuncturist inserts the needles, normally bleeding does not occur at the time of removal of needle. However in some instances few drops may be found.

15) Is there any possibility of AIDS or other diseases due to needles?

Generally, the acupuncturists use the disposable sterilized needles and discard them after single use. In such case, there is no possibility of AIDS or other diseases due to needles.

16) Can acupuncture needles break?

No. The good quality needles do not break easily.

17) Can acupuncture needles rust?

Yes. If the needles are reused it can be rusted. However, the reputed acupuncturist discards the needles after single use.

18) Why electrical stimulation is required?

In earlier days the stimulation was given manually by rotating and thrusting the needle. Now the electrical stimulation is commonly used to enhance the effect of acupuncture. The practitioner decides the necessity and type of stimulation.

19) What the patients are required to follow during treatment?

During the session the patient should not talk or make any movement unless he is asked to do so. The movements made by patient after needling can cause pain or some other complications. The patient must follow the code of conduct given in this book.

20) What can happen to patients during treatment?

Sometimes the incidents of bleeding, swelling at the needling point can happen but it is a temporary effect. Some times the patient may vomit. The patient may faint if is weak and treated on empty stomach. In some cases, the pain may aggravate for couple of days then subsequently it is subsided.

21) Can a Diabetes patient be treated with acupuncture treatment?

Yes. The Diabetes patient can be treated with acupuncture treatment. In fact, it is observed that, after needling, the sugar level is reduced.