North Texas Acupuncture
Ancient ways for modern times.

• 14330 Midway Rd.
  Building 1 Suite 121
  Dallas, Tx 75244

• 972.930.0260

Office Hours:
• Tuesday 9am - 6pm
• Wednesday 9am - 6pm
• Friday 9am - 6pm
Frequently Asked Questions:
How Does Acupuncture Work?
From the perspective of Chinese Medicine the body is viewed as a complete system that functions together, not just as individual parts. As a result of this, the body uses a network of channels to communicate and connect the inside of the body to the outside. These channels are also pathways which blood and vital energy travel thru to maintain health. It is very similar to a complicated electrical circuit. The circuit must have a continuous flow or it will cause illness. Acupuncture reconnects the circuit and restores balance which is why points can be used that are far away from the area that is affected.
But How Does Science Explain Acupuncture?
Currently Science can not explain all the effect of Acupuncture, but there is some here is the explanation given by a Medical Doctor who studied acupuncture:

“The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.” -J.M. Helms, MD
Can Acupuncture Be Effective Where Other
Treatments Have Failed?
Yes! For many it is the “last resort”. Conventional medicine is very effective in suppressing symptoms, such as pain, but often does not address the root cause. During your first office visit, the practitioner will ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Please inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid, which makes any pain very minor. Some points can be more sensitive than others, but it will quickly subside once the needle is in place. The points may also feel sore, itchy, tingling or numbness, this is a good sign that the vital energy is circulating.
How Long Does A Treatment Take?
Your first appointment usually takes 90 minutes. Follow-up appointments typically last 60 minutes. In the first visit, you will be given an information packet and initial intake form. This usually takes about 10 minutes to read and answer. After that, you sit down and discuss your medical history and receive treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires needles to be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Complications from the use of acupuncture are very rare as reported by the FDA. In the state of Texas, it is required for practitioners to pass the Clean Needle Technique course provided by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Who can perform acupuncture in the State of Texas?
In order to practice acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncturists must be licensed by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners.

The basic requirements are:

Graduate from an acupuncture school accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Complete 1,800 hours of Acupuncture training from an accredited acupuncture school.

Complete 450 of the 1,800 hours in herbal therapy training.

Have completed 60 college hours in addition to acupuncture training.

Pass the following NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) examination modules:
• Foundations of Oriental Medicine
• Acupuncture
• Point Location
• Chinese Herbology
• Biomedicine
Pass the CCAOM (Council of College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Clean Needle Technique Course and Practical Examination

Passage of Jurisprudence Examination of the State of Texas

In the state of Texas, medical doctors (M.D.), doctors of osteopathy (D.O.) and chiropractors can also practice acupuncture, but chiropractors only need 100 hours of acupuncture training and are not required to take any examination to test their skills. Medical and osteopathy doctors have no minimum requirements to practice acupuncture.
I’m Healthy, Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Absolutely. In fact, it is strongly recommended. The best way to be healthy is prevention. In the oldest Chinese medical classics they said, “Any condition can be treated while it is still small” We strongly recommend a regular visit, just like you go to your dentist for regular teeth cleanings to keep them healthy.