Moxibustion, the burning of the herb mugwort (ai ye) over certain acupuncture areas, can be extremely helpful for any number of conditions. Most commonly it is used to resolve what we would call qi and blood stagnation in the west which could be loosely related to pain from issues such as trauma, menstrual pain, post-surgical pain, etc. But there are many other uses involving improving immunity, improving the quality of blood in the body, improving organ function, among many others.
Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles.
Yes. Children and adolescents usually respond very well to acupuncture. Dr. Park specializes in pediatric care.
Yes, most patients can take herbs. However, after a comprehensive consult Dr. Park will discuss exactly what herbs are best for you and explain why.
Yes, most Asian Herbal Medicines will have no side effect on pregnant women. In fact many Asian Herbal Medicines can prevent morning sickness and miscarriage. However, there is a clear list of approximately 20 herbs which are contraindicated during pregnancy. All practitioners of Asian Herbal Medicines are well aware of these herbs and will not prescribe them during pregnancy.
If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. Dr. Park will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.