What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a completely drug free, natural alternative to treating many common medical conditions. Practiced for over 2000 years, this is considered to be one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the word. The United States has experienced an exponential growth in the popularity of acupuncture as more patients are seeking drug free alternatives to treat medical conditions.
Acupuncture consists of a multitude of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a variety of approaches to diagnose and treatment in American acupuncture that incorporates medical traditions from China, Korea, Japan, and other countries. The most thoroughly studies mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points on the skin is by very thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. Dr. Young Le incorporates many of these practices into her treatments.
People experience acupuncture differently, but most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the needles are being inserted. In many treatments, people are energized by treatment, and it is also common that others feel extremely relaxed.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and recommend that they are labeled for single use and is administered by qualified practitioners only. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture needles have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used.
Because complications could be resulted from inadequate sterilization of the treatment site(s) and from improper delivery treatments, Dr. Young Le uses a new set of disposable needles taken from a sterilized and sealed package for each patient. Allure Wellness and Rehab adheres to federal hospital standards for sterilization of the treatment site, proper handling and disposal of needles, and are never reused.