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What is acupuncture?
Dating over 5,000 years old, acupuncture is an ancient health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.  Historians have stated "More people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern".

Early physicians discovered an energy network traversing on and below the skin surface in the form of electro-magnetic meridians.  This energy network communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 "acupoints" on the body.  This energy works in harmony with the body’s nervous, circulatory, muscular, digestive, genitourinary systems and all other systems of the body.

In normal health, vital energy (known as chi/qi) flows unimpeded in the meridian channels in a balanced state.  When qi becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident.  This disruption of energy flow can produce conditions affecting certain organs or in many cases the entire body.  Stimulation of key acupoints on the body can restore harmony to the affected area.

Is acupuncture painful?  How is it applied?
Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique.  Just as there are different styles of martial arts, there are many ways to stimulate an acupoint.  Besides the painless traditional insertion of a sterile needle, Dr. Huynh also utilizes electric stimulation, Tei-Shin needle percussion, laser beam, and the state of the art Pointer Pulse instrument which simultaneously uses laser and electric stimulation.

More importantly, Dr. Huynh takes the guess work out of acupuncture by utilizing Electronic Meridian Imaging (EMI).  EMI is a computerized evaluation tool used effectively for both diagnosis and treatment.  By measuring source acupoints around the wrists and ankles, Dr. Huynh is able to accurately determine how and which of the 12 primary meridian systems are affected and thus plan a course of treatment.  More importantly, by performing an EMI every 3-4 treatments, Dr. Huynh is able to monitor the effectiveness and response to treatment and successfully balance your body back to harmony.

In addition to balancing your EMI, Dr. Huynh will also use key acupoints on the ear (auriculotherapy), hand (hand acupuncture), and head (cerebral acupuncture) specific for your condition.

How many treatments are usual?
Internationally, the usual number of treatments is between 8 and 16 with 12 being the most common.  The usual frequency is 2-4 times per week.  Patients are urged not to enter an acupuncture or chiropractic treatment program with the thought of "trying a few" to see what will happen.  Even though the doctor may recommend 10 visits of initial trial therapy, the patient may be discharged should the patient respond completely within just a few treatments.  On the other hand, treatment could be continued to assist in stabilizing the condition.

Results are usually permanent where there has been little or no tissue or organ system damage.  Symptoms from chronic conditions may recur from time to time and may need booster treatments periodically.