FAQ

What is acupuncture?
  Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that helps the body in healing itself naturally. It has been practiced in China for nearly 3000 years, and spread to Japan and Korea around 600 A.D. Around 1600 A.D. acupuncture was brought to Europe, where it has become a popular alternative medication. Acupuncture became popular in the United States in the 1970s and is now used by millions of Americans to relieve chronic pain and other ailments. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended acupuncture as an alternative method to address the ongoing opioid epidemic caused by prescription pain killer.
How does acupuncture work?
  Our bodies are sustained by a vital energy that the ancient Chinese called Qi, that powers the body in much the same way that gasoline powers our cars. The amount of Qi, and its proper distribution, are vital to our health. When Qi is insufficient or becomes blocked, we are prone to sickness. Acupuncture assists in the rebalancing of Qi. By removing blockages, encouraging the smooth and efficient flow of Qi, acupuncture helps the body correct imbalances. It is an individualized treatment unique to each person.
Is acupuncture safe?
  Yes. The needles, disposable and made of surgical steel, are sterilized. The diameter of the needles are close to that of human hair. Acupuncture has relatively few side effects compared to other treatments.
Does acupuncture hurt?
  Most patients feel nothing, while others detect a slight pinch at the point in which the needle enters the skin. A few may experience a bit of tenderness, while other patients may feel the movement of Qi going through their body.
What can I expect during a treatment?
  Your first visit will consist of a comprehensive briefing of your medical history, including a discussion of your overall health history, concerns, and an initial treatment. Subsequent treatments focus on acupuncture treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
  The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Those with chronic medical conditions will typically take longer to treat than those with short term conditions. It depends on the person’s overall health too. A young, healthy person will require less treatments than an older, less healthy person. The treatments can be twice a week, every week and every other week, to monthly. To maintain the healthy flow of Qi quarterly treatment is recommended, much like regular tune ups with your car.
What conditions do you treat at Rivers Mountain Acupuncture?
  The advance of West medicine has cured many of the conditions  were once treated by acupuncture. So if ones condition can be treated by Western doctors, please do so. Come and see us if you are dissatisfied with Western treatment or do not wish to use painkillers or undergo surgery.
Below is a partial list of the conditions we treat:
1. Pain management: Headaches, Bell’s palsy, TMJ, Neck pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis pain, lower back pain, sciatic pain, trigger finger,
2. Sport injuries: tennis elbow, shin splint, sprain/strained ankles/wrists, tendon/connective tissue injuries.
3. Common cold/flu: When treated within 24 to 48 hours, the symptoms of cold and flu can be limited to a few days instead of two weeks.
4. Emotional wellness: stress, anxiety, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, insomnia, low energy.
5. Female health: PMS, menopause symptoms, menstrual irregularities, fertility, acnes, morning sickness.
6. Side effects of other treatments: chemotherapy, radiation, postal surgical pain.
7. Digestive disorders: Acid reflux (heartburn), nausea, constipation, IBS, bloating, hemorrhoids.
8. Detox: drug addiction, smoking cessation. 

Rivers Mountains

6006 Marquette Ter, Bethesda MD 20817

Tel: 240 630 1836

Email: support@riversmountains.com