Acupuncture Q & A
Dr. Matthew A. Lucas practices acupuncture in Charlotte, NC at Lucas Chiropractic and Acupuncture, PA.
“When you have 750 million people and 5,000 years of results, there must be something to it.”
Q: What is Acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese system of natural healing (no drugs…no surgery), which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Qi can be unblocked by using acupuncture at certain points on the body that connect with these meridians. The Chinese definition of Health is “…all parts of the body functioning normally” (all 400 trillion parts). If there is an interruption in the transmission of qi, then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.
Q: Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?
A: In either or both locations: (1) In the channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body (meridians), just beneath the skin surface; (2) In the spinal column where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerve tissue which transmits energy in the form of nerve impulses.
Q: Are there other causes of disease besides those associated with the interference of the transmission of energy flow?
A: Psychosomatic states, hereditary factors, toxins, adverse environmental conditions, injury, germs, malnutrition, etc, are all disease producing agents.
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Q: How do you detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?
A: There are many methods. Some include certain signs and symptoms, painful spots, organ reflex points, and by pulse or instrumental findings. Once the point is found, and the treatment is applied, the body has a powerful way of healing.
Q: How are acupuncture treatments performed? Does it hurt?
A: Although traditional treatment can be performed using needles, heat, pressure, magnets or electricity may also be used. Dr. Lucas treats with a newer technology that utilizes a needle-free electrical device to deliver the proper stimulation to the acupuncture points.
Note: Dr. Lucas may also use the non-piercing needle (teishin). Thistechnique is practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and is just as effective as other techniques.
Q: What are some of the conditions commonly treated by acupuncture?
A: Textbook listed conditions list over 2000 different ones. Typical ailments usually responding to acupuncture include: neuralgias, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, tics, spasms, muscular rheumatism, neuralgia of the shoulders and arm, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, ulcers, stomach problems, diarrhea, hepatitis, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, coughs, certain types of heart trouble, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, bladder irritation, bed wetting, certain kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, weak eyesight, hay fever, loss of smell, tonsillitis, loss of hearing, skin conditions, and even nervous or psychiatric factors based on the fact that often mental problems arise from physical disorders.
Q: What is the success rate for acupuncture treatment?
A: On the average, 8 out of 10 respond well, 2 out of 10 fail to respond favorable for a variety of reasons. Advanced age, severity of the condition, irreversible tissue damage, etc., are factors that may inhibit a desired recovery.
Q: At what age can someone receive acupuncture treatment?
A: Dr. Lucas has treated patients ranging in age from 3 days old to 92 years young. With the needle-free technique, anyone can receive treatment.
Q: How do chiropractic adjustments work with acupuncture?
A: Spinal adjusting is part of the acupuncture health care. World authorities, including Feliz Mann, M.D. of England; Paul Nogier, M.D. of France; and Kunzo Nagaymama, M.D. of Japan all emphasize the importance of adjustments to aid in the process of “getting well.” Dr. Mann states that many internal diseases are cured by the spinal adjustment alone. Leaving the adjustment (chiropractic) out of the treatment plan invites failure.
Q: Does acupuncture have another name?
A: Yes. In fact the word acupuncture is incorrect because it implies needles only. The proper wording is “Meridian Therapy.” It was named “acupuncture” in the 16th century by Portuguese sailors who knew no better. The wrong name stuck.
Q: In America, what kind of doctor should one visit for this typeof health care?
A: Any doctor (chiropractor, medical, or osteopath) who has had the proper training. Dr. Lucas is a Fellow of the Acupuncture Society of America and the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Q: In Acupuncture (Meridian Therapy) are there other significant factors besides skin point stimulation and vertebral adjusting?
A: Yes, there are four laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity: 1) Proper nutrition; 2) Adequate rest; 3) Moderate exercise; 4) Positive mental attitude.