Questions Answered At a Galance
Q. How does acupuncture work?
Studies indicate that acupuncture influences on the nervous system, both central and peripheral levels. Evidence shows that Endorphins from the brain make acupuncture effective particularly in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture strengthens, balances and improves the circulation of body energy, Qi. Therefore, it allows the body to heal itself more naturally and completely.
Q. What are the most commonly treated conditions?
The most common conditions for acupuncturists are pain related symptoms such as lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, arthritis, knee pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia. According to WHO(World Health Organization), acupuncture treatment and its modalities area effective in many areas including EENT, respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, gynecological, psychological and neurological conditions.
Q. What are the side effects for acupuncture?
Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
Q. What are the precautionary treatments for acupuncture?
It is not recommended to have an acupuncture treatment if you are very hungry or extremely tired. Some bruising may occasionally occur after needling. If you have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinning medications, you should inform your acupuncturist before undergoing treatment. If you are pregnant or have a pacemaker, tell your acupuncturist so that appropriate treatments can be chosen.
Q. Should I continue my prescribed medication during acupuncture and herbal treatment?
Until you have discussed your options regarding medication with your primary physician, you need to continue the prescribed medication from your doctor. Many patients seek the alternative methods due to dissatisfaction with drug treatment: it does not seem to be working or there are unacceptable side effects. However, do not stop any medications without professional guidance.
Q. Should I tell my family physician before acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is a legally accepted branch of CAM(Complementary Alternative Medicine) in the US. With combination of Western and Eastern medical care, the patient can expect optimum health and well-being. If you are receiving treatment from your family physician, it makes sense to tell him/her about your intention to have acupuncture. Feel free to give your medical doctor any information about your acupuncture provider and encourage them to contact him/her. At the same time, you should always inform your acupuncturist of any treatment you are receiving, such as medications, as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Q. Is acupuncture covered by insurance companies?
Many insurance plans cover for acupuncture and its related services performed by acupuncturists. Jaseng providers are mostly in-network with major health insurance companies. However, since the coverage varies depending on each individual ‘s plan, you can have exact information by calling your insurance company for your own benefit. Acupuncture is also covered under Medicare and Worker Compensation insurance under certain restrictions. If you want to verify your insurance information prior to your visit, you can also call us for the insurance verification service.
Q. I am afraid of acupuncture needle. Can I just take herbal medication?
Generally speaking, taking herbal medication along with acupuncture treatment has a better effect on restoring your body’s imbalances. The fundamental concept is to treat the root causes and it is often required to undergo both therapies at the same time. However, it is okay to take only herbal medication under the supervision of licensed acupuncturist. Among our treatment modalities, herbal medications act major parts of the overall treatment. Therefore, if you are consistent with herbal medicine, it is preventive of symptom aggravation and beneficial for positive results of future acupuncture or manipulation treatments.
Q. What is the recovery rate for Jaseng's non-surgical treatment of spine and joints?
According to a study following a Harvard Medical School’s research protocol, our methods have proved a 95% full recovery rate. This clinical study result was announced at the 5th World Congress of the International Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the American Pain Society, and the European Congress of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2008.
Q. How long is Jaseng's treatment duration for spine and joint conditions?
With intensive treatments, pain will decrease approximately 77% within the first 2 months. According to study results, the pain will have diminished by 95% after 3-6 months depending on the severity of patient’s condition.
Q. What is Jaseng's non-surgical treatment method?
Jaseng’s non-surgical therapy treats the root cause of disease without damaging the body. Spinal conditions such as bulging or herniated disc result mainly from weakened muscles and ligaments as well as a misaligned spine. Jaseng’s treatment protocol targets the root cause with the use of herbal medicine, our unique acupuncture technique and chiropractic procedure. Jaseng providers collaborate interdepartmentally to develop a personalized treatment plan that matches each patient’s personal needs.
Q. What is MSAT? I thought you're supposed to remain still after getting needled. What kind of effect can I see if you move after needling?
What is MSAT? I thought you're supposed to remain still after getting needled. What kind of effect can I see if you move after needling?
Q. I brought MRI and CT from another hospital. Do I need to take it again here?
If it’s been a while since your last imaging (at least 8 months), or if you took the imaging in a non-affected area, we may need to take it again. Also, re-imaging may be necessary if the previous result is difficult to interpret.
Q. How much weight can I expect to lose during diet program?
Target weight is all determined by your age, BMI(Body Mass Index) and BMR(Basic Metabolic Rate). Upon your initial consultation, wellness acupuncturist will read your body composition analysis thoroughly and tell you how much % weight you can possibly lose within certain period of time. Usually, the weight loss rate is between 8 to 10 % of your total body weight within the first 30 days.
Q. What does the program entail?
Healing diet program is a 3-months program with ideal outcome. During the 3 month period, you will be provided herbal medicine and meal supplements based on your individual goal. You are required to visit the center on a regular basis for consultation and check-up throughout the program. Also, wellness acupuncturist will recommend your treatment plan among lipodren acupuncture, detox cupping and/or endermologie contouring (available only in Fullerton center), whichever best fits your needs and goal.
Q. Won't I gain back my weight after I discontinue the program?
To minimize the yoyo effect from weight loss and maintain the weight in healthy way, post-management program is recommended after you reach the target weight within the 3 month period. Herbal medicine will be provided to you to control weight gaining and we recommend you gradually return back to regular meal plan. Even after the healing diet, you are encouraged to visit the center regularly to monitor yourself and consult with the provider.
Q. How acupuncture increase the pregnancy rate?
Women doing IVF often need to be able to schedule or change their acupuncture appointments at short notice. Ovaries are very sensitive organs. They respond to the IVF drugs which stimulate follicles to grow and each patient responds differently and varies from cycle to cycle. The day the eggs are collected cannot be determined accurately in advance. Once the eggs are collected, on that day, the embryo will be transferred and can be narrowed down a bit, but not precisely. If there are few embryos, or they do not develop as rapidly as the embryologist might expect, then a transfer might occur on the third day after the egg collection. If there are plenty of embryos and develop then the transfer will most likely happen on the 5th day after egg collection. And sometimes schedules at the IVF clinic don’t always go to plan, and your transfer time might be delayed.
Q. Why do IVF patients need a dedicated acupuncture clinic?
MSAT(Motion Style Acupuncture Technique) is Jaseng’s unique needling technique where we needle adjacent to the area that is causing the pain and have the patient move so that tensed-up muscles can relax. Even if you couldn’t move due to severe pain, if we use MSAT, you will see results within 20 minutes. This technique works for a variety of conditions from acute sprain to moderate spinal conditions.
Q. Should I have acupuncture before or after my embryo transfer, or both?
Numerous researches have demonstrated a significantly increased chance of pregnancy administering 2 acupuncture treatments, one before and one after the embryo transfer. However, one of the trials did only one treatment and still showed a positive effect on pregnancy rates. If it is convenient for you to attend the acupuncture clinic both before and after the embryo transfer then that is advisable. Our acupuncturists are also available for an on-call treatment session at your IVF facility.
Q. What are the other treatment options except one day treatment before and after embryo transfer?
If you consider more support during the cycle, you can get twice-a-week treatment sessions during your IVF preparation period around egg collection. Acupuncture regulates the stress hormones which may act on follicle development and embryo implantation. Acupuncture also subsides the IVF side effects related to hormone levels, such as fullness and swelling in the abdomen, cramping, inflammation after egg retrieval. Also, if you have a history of failed IVF cycles, you may consider preparation sessions with acupuncture and herbal medicine even before IVF cycles.
Q. Can I get more acupuncture after my IVF cycle?
Acupuncture session will be held until the patient receives their blood test result after embryo transfer. Once the IVF is successful and your pregnancy is confirmed, you can receive pregnancy care program for pregnancy related conditions, such as prevention of miscarriage, morning sickness, emotional issues and pregnancy lower back pain throughout your whole trimester. Wellness acupuncturists will treat you and your baby with gentle care.