This section contains answers to frequently asked questions about acupuncture.

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used for many centuries, and the path to acupuncture training varies. Medical acupuncture is used to describe the use of acupuncture by a physician trained and licensed in western medicine who has also had extensive training in the field of acupuncture. As a medical acupuncturist, Dr. Lee offers her patients in San Antonio, Texas the advantage of both traditional western medicine as well as acupuncture.

Does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has successfully treated more people over the last 2,000 years than all other treatment modalities combined. Acupuncture is practiced throughout Asia and Europe. It has become more common in the United States after it was initially brought to the public awareness in 1971 via a front page article in the New York Times. James Reston, a New York Times reporter, described that three acupuncture needles controlled his post-operative pain after an emergency appendectomy.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a way of eliciting the body to heal naturally and improve well-being. Needles are inserted at acupuncture points and may be stimulated with heat or electricity. Classical Chinese acupuncture describes channels (also called meridians) or rivers of energy flowing in specific patterns on the surface and throughout the body. An obstruction of the flow of energy, similar to a dam in a river, is believed to be directly related to disease in the human body and mind.

Acupuncture Side Effects

During an acupuncture treatment, patients may have a feeling of deep relaxation; some patients may experience a sense of euphoria. These usually resolve with rest within a short period of time after the treatment. Side effects due to acupuncture are unlikely. It is not unusual to notice a change in the symptom as healing begins, even perhaps some worsening of the symptom for a few days. Sometimes a change in appetite, sleep pattern, bowel/urination or emotional state may be noted.