Acupuncture procedure

Acupuncturist applies hair-thin needles on acupuncture points
located on the specific areas of the skin. This thin needle-based
procedure, in contrast to bigger needles used to draw blood, is
painless most
of times. The acupuncture is performed under a
relaxed environment. A mild electric stimulation
may be applied to
needles for beffer effects. Each session takes about 45 minutes.
It resolves or reduces symptoms several hours or overnight for acute
situation such as pain. However, for chronic conditions, more
treatments are required. As a general rule, once or twice a week with
a total 6-8 sessions acupuncture are needed.
Personalized Practoce is the core of acupuncture

Personalized medicine is an emerging concept in recent years. It
requires doctor to conduct diagnosis and treatment with the
emphasize on patient's own conditions including genetic
background, differential drug sensitivity, and overall physiological
condition in addition to presenting symptoms or disease.

While this concept is new in modern medical care, individualized
treatment has been practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine for
thousand years. As a golden rule of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a
doctor is required to conduct examination (by tongue and pulse) to
determine or define patient's the overall conditions that may directly
or indirectly contribute to patient's primary symptoms or diseases.
For example, the headache from different individuals could be of
very different causes judged by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In the treatment design, acupuncture points are selected (1) to
target primary symptoms and (2) to target the overall body
conditions. Only by combining both approaches acupuncture
achieves its goal of balancing Yin/Yang that fundamentally corrects
symptoms or illness.
  Acupuncture & Natural Medicine                             Dr. Peng in Bethesda, Maryland