|Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Dr. Peng in Bethesda and Rockville
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 in most times. The acupuncture
procedure is performed under a relaxed environment. A mild electric stimulation
is applied to needles to improve the treatment intensity. 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 medicine 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.