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Frequently Asked Questions. Following Answers are Based on the Theory of Ling Shu.

1. How does acupuncturist treat a patient?

Simply said, our body consists of six pairs of balance systems, called the twelve meridians, and each meridian responds to certain functions of the body.  These 12 meridians are known as systems of immunity, metabolism, endocrine and others in modern medicine. According to Ling Shu, since each meridian is responding to a certain function, there will be a certain group of symptoms that will occur if a meridian is out of balance. Thus, an acupuncturist is able to find the imbalanced meridian through those clinical symptoms, and then he will needle a few points from the imbalanced meridians, and re-balance those using proper techniques.

2, How do I know if my acupuncturist is doing balance treatment for me?

You can find out by observing the following several clinical practices:

First, he checks both pulses, one on the neck, known as the Reying pulse (carotid artery), and one on the wrist, known as Cunkou pulse (radial artery), before and after treatment. Reying pulse represents yang, while Cunkou pulse represents yin. The acupuncturist must check these pulses in order to know the inbalance of yin and yang, according to Ling Shu chapters 9 and 10. Furthermore, he has to check it after treatment to know if the balance is regained.

Secondly, according to Ling Shu Chapter 12, the acupuncturist should retain the needles at shortest 5 seconds and at longest no more than 30 seconds. To retain needles for more than that amount of time, such as 15 minutes to 30 minutes, is incorrect.  

Lastly, how many points does he apply? Ling Shu Chapter 9 states that only 3 points are selected from inbalanced yin and yang meridians. However, if the illness related with muscle pain, it may  need more than 3 points.

3, “Acupuncture therapy is no pain, no gain.” Is this true?

No. Most patients can attest that they feel less pain from acupuncture treatments than they feel from hypodermic injections. According to Ling Shu chapter 9, prolonged pain or sharp pain indicates that acupuncturist have missed the points.

4.  “Acupuncture is the safest medical therapy and that there are no detriments, only
improvements.”  Is this true?

No. Acupuncture is like any other medical therapy in that it could help patients, and it can also
hurt patients as well if malpractice occurs. Acupuncture malpractice are discussed in the Ling Shu Chapter 1,7,12, 16 and 61.

5. Is acupuncture able to treat all kinds of diseases?

No. Ling Shu chapters 8, 9, 60, 61, and 81 discusses special clinical circumstances, warning acupuncturists not to give any treatment to a patient under those aforementioned conditions. For example, Ling Shu chapter 9 states that an acupuncturist should not treat a patient if his or her Renying/Cunkou pulses are both weak, because the acupuncturist cannot bring balance to the patient. 

6. My son is currently 4 years old and has been suffering from eczema as well as multiple
food allergies since he was 4 months old. I have seen many doctors about this and he has been placed on steroids for most of his life. I am very concerned about the long term effects. Can you help a child this young?

Yes, we can help your son at this age. It may take little more time for treatment because children normally fear needles, although the pain is minimal.

7. Why are more serious conditions applied with less points?

“May I ask you a question?” A curious look was on Frank’s [a patient] face after the acupuncture therapy.

“Sure!” I said.

“I remember last year you were treating my sciatic problem with more than 10 points and now you are treating my asthma with only 3.  Asthma is a more serious condition than sciatica, but how come you are only using 3 instead?”

“That is a very good question”, I responded with laughter.  “Common sense tells us that a severe condition requires more intervention, in this case more points.  However, according to Ling Shu, it is opposite. Ling Shu chapter 13 states that Sciatica is an illness of the muscle, and the number of points used depends on the amount of tender points found, may it be 5, 12 or 20.  But Asthma is an illness of the lungs. To treat a disorder of an internal organ, only three points are needed based on Ling Shu Chapter 9.”  

8. Why do you needle on one side only?

"Why do you needle on one side only?"

Jane asked after a treatment for insomnia." The acupuncture treatments I had before always used needles on both sides."

"Since your pulse is only imbalanced on the left , and your right side is balanced, I only needled on the left." I said.

"Why is only the left side imbalanced ?"

"Each internal organ has two meridians branching to the outside, one goes to left side of the body, the other right. At the beginning of the disorder of an internal organ, only one of the sides of the meridians is imbalanced , and both sides imbalanced if there was severe disorder."

"How do you know that?"

"Do you remember when I checked your pulses on neck and wrist before I treated you? It is called a Renying/Cunkou pulse diagnosis, recorded in Ling Shu."

"What happened if I was needled on both sides and only one side is imbalanced?"

"It will disorder your normal side meridian, and it is malpractice."

9. What kind of diseases do you treat? 

Pain management such as pain of neck shoulde rand wrist, also including diabetic neuropathy; Hypothyroidism; Vertigo; Eczema; Allergic Rhinitis; PMS; Stroke and Parkinson.

10, Does acupuncture treat mental diseases?

Some mental diseases, such as anxiety, depression, and panic attacks can be relieved by acupuncture.   

11. How many visits do I need before I improve?

The majority of our patients conditions related with pain improve after their first visit. 

12. Why do not you have patient testimonies?

We never ask our patients to give them. Furthermore, we think that it is quite normal for acupuncturists who have practiced over years to have successfully treated some common diseases.

13, My friend had a stroke last month, and someone suggested trying Skull acupuncture also known as Cerebral acupuncture. What is difference between this acupuncture therapy and Ling Shu Acupuncture? Do you practice it?

Ling Shu does not record this theory. In fact, the practice of Skull acupuncture is against whole principles of acupuncture stated in Ling Shu. We tried it to treat many stroke cases China, but it did not work as it claimed.

14. Do you accept health insurance/car insurance/work compensation insurance?

Yes. please contact your insurance to find out if it cover acupuncture.   



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