Aculifeology / FAQs
What conditions are successfully treated by acupuncture?
Conditions Recommended for Acupuncture by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.):

Respiratory Diseases

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Myopia
  • Central retinitis

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity

  • Toothache
  • Pain after tooth extraction
  • Gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Periarthritis
  • Humeroscapularis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasm of the esophagus, acute and chronic
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacterial dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurologic Disorders

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial paralysis
  • Paralysis after apoplectic fit
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
  • Meniere’s syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia
Does acupuncture hurt?

Experienced acupuncture practitioners insert needles quickly through the skin. There should be no painful sensation at most locations of insertion, unless that area is inflamed. However, after the acupuncturist inserts the needle to the desired depth, she or he may thrust or twist a needle to obtain a Qi sensation. In this case, a patient can feel soreness, tingling, muscle cramping, or an electric shock. If you feel a sharp pain, you need to inform your acupuncturist right away.

How are acupuncture needles sterilized?

Acupuncture needles are a FDA proved class II medical device. They are sterilized for a single use only.

What training is required to practice acupuncture?

In the United States, an acupuncturist is required to have four years of academic training in an acupuncture college and to pass either a State licensing examination or a National licensing examination. If a physician practices acupuncture, it is usually a required 300-hour specific training. In China, all acupuncture providers are graduated from a medical school specializing in Chinese medicine.

Can acupuncture help cancer patients?

Acupuncture is a powerful tool for general pain control. It is successfully used to treat some cancer-related pain and to reduce narcotic use. Acupuncture also minimizes the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy such as anxiety, insomnia, declined appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, compromised white and red blood cells, and radiating induced skin irritation.

Can children receive acupuncture?

Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. Children usually need fewer visits than adults. Young children or those apprehensive of the use of acupuncture needles may be treated without needles using Asian bodywork, acupressure, or cupping. In addition, herbal formulas can be prescribed to enhance the acupuncture treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

Usually, a series of treatments is necessary to resolve a condition because research studies show that acupuncture has accumulative effects. Each case and condition is treated individually. A consultation is required to determine requirements. Treatments can be between 45 to 60 minutes in length with the first consultation usually lasting longer. It is best to consult with Dr. Dong for more details about your specific treatment plan.

Will acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment be covered through my health insurance coverage?

Some insurance companies cover acupuncture treatment. Additionally, a majority of flexible-spending plans or health saving accounts cover acupuncture. It is recommended to call your insurance carrier to verify coverage in details.

Is there any additional acupuncture information and documentation from the World Health Organization?
  • Please click on the button below to download a PDF of the World Health Organization’s report:


WHO PDF Report

What is Chinese Medicine?
  • An independent system of a medical practice that has been developed over two millennia.
  • It is rooted in the philosophy, logic, sense, sensibility, and habits of a civilization entirely foreign to westerners.
  • It has therefore developed its own perception of health and illness. For instance, when a patient is told by a Chinese medical provider that there is liver Qi stagnation in the body, it can mean the organ of the liver energy flow is blocked.  However, when the organ of the liver shows abnormal lab test of the liver panel, it also a type of the Liver Qi stagnation.
What is the hierarchy of content of Chinese Medicine?
  • Herbology
  • Acupuncture & Moxibustion
  • Tui Na (Chinese massage)
  • Qi Gong


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