Are the treatments painful?
The introduction of acupuncture needles gives a sensation that looks like a mosquito bite, but it only lasts a few seconds. When the needles are in place, the patient usually feels a sense of well-being and relaxation.
How deep do the needles go?
The majority of acupuncture points can be stimulated on the surface and therefore do not require deep insertion. We can talk about a few millimeters or centimeters. Each point has precise indications as to the depth and angle of insertion of the needle. For thousands of years, these criteria have been passed on to acupuncturists so that they can practice effectively and safely.
Is there a risk of disease transmission?
In Quebec, the Order of Acupuncturists obliges all its members to use disposable sterile disposable needles. These measures taken by the Order make it impossible to transmit a disease through an ill-sterilized contaminated acupuncture needle.
What is moxa?
This is called “sagebrush” grass and can be heated near an acupuncture point. There is basic moxa, smokeless moxa and there are also electric moxers on the market.
What is cupping therapy?
Cupping (Ba Guan Zi) is a plastic, silicone or glass cup that is attached to an acupuncture point and / or area where there is Qi congestion / stagnation. The air is removed with the help of a pump or fire and this creates suction of the skin under the cup. They can be left from 30 seconds to 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the therapeutic orientation. You can also slide the cup along a meridian or in the affected area. The cup can be used directly on the skin, on oil or on an acupuncture needle already in place. Cupping therapy may leave bluish or red marks on the treated area, but this reaction dissipates in the following days.
Should we believe it?
It is not necessary to believe in acupuncture to get results. The effectiveness of treatments on children or animals is proof of this.
Are there any side effects?
The National Institutes of Health (Consensus 1997) reports that acupuncture produces very little or no side effects, which is a marked advantage over other treatment methods in modern medicine.
Some possible side effects are fatigue in the hours following a treatment and so I recommend not doing too much physical effort. There may be muscle aches if you treat a condition in musculoskeletal. There may also be slight bleeding, small bruising (blue) and / or sensitivity to needle insertion sites. These reactions rarely pose a problem for the patient.
Are there any contraindications?
There are certain physical conditions that must be taken into consideration during an acupuncture treatment and this is the reason why the acupuncturist will do a checkup with you to adjust the techniques used according to your health condition.
Are acupuncture treatments covered by my insurance?
The treatments are not covered by the RAMQ, but the majority of private insurance companies cover all or part of them when you provide your receipts. Check with your insurance agent to validate your coverage.