Turtle Dragon was established in 1994 with the intention of bringing to Austin the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and culture. Based upon timeless principles of balance and harmony, we employ and instruct an alternative and complementary perspective on health, wellness, longevity, and sustainable self-care techniques. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work?

The basic mechanics of all needlework involves the placement of small gauge (a measurement of thickness), filiform (meaning solid, not hollow) needles at strategic locations throughout the physical form.  The locations act both locally and globally to influence and regulate a wide-range of bio-mechanical and energetic stimulus and functionality. 

 

Acupuncture is often distinguished into two primary concepts, channels (sometimes referred to as meridians) and points.  In many ways these two are not actually disparate, their relationship akin to the "the 'wave'" and  "particle" relationship found in quantum mechanics.  Ultimately, the channels and points provide a regulatory infrastructure to harmonize all environmental energies (both as internal and external probabilities), hyper-directionally, into a coherent functional pattern.  This pattern, what we call our physical body, now magnetically activated, thus becomes distinguished from the environment qualitatively, not exceptionally.  Access to the highest qualitative states require profound sensitivity regarding alignment and pressure.  Conscious knowledge and understanding of this infrastructure, which is entirely magnetic, allows for relative ease of re-calibration of all physiological and energetic systems, instantly.  

 

The specific locations, often referred to in modern times as acupuncture points "have many biophysical properties, which are different from those of non-acupuncture points. The characteristics include electric characteristics (i.e., high-electrical potential, conductance, and capacitance, low impedance and resistance), thermal characteristics (i.e., infrared radiant tracking along the meridians), acoustic characteristics (i.e., high guide sound with 2–15 Hz frequency, 0.5–10 mV amplitude, 6.2–10 cm/s bidirectional conduction velocity and being similar with sharp wave or sine wave), optical characteristics (i.e., high luminous properties and light wave spreading along the meridians), magnetic characteristics (i.e., a relative stable circular current of electromagnetic and chemical oscillation along the low electric resistance pathway), isotopic characteristics (i.e., migration of isotope along meridians), and myoelectric characteristics (i.e., obvious myoelectric activity)." (Li et al: 2012)

 

Juan Li, Qing Wang, Huiling Liang, et al., “Biophysical Characteristics of Meridians and Acupoints: A Systematic Review,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 793841, 6 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/793841 https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/793841/

Why use Chinese Medicine?

The tools of Chinese Medicine, most notably, acupuncture and plant medicine are effective in treating a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses, the following is a short list:

  • Colds

  • Arthritis

  • Breech babies

  • Flu

  • Pain

  • Labor induction

  • Headaches

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Depression

  • Migraines

  • Low energy

  • Hypertension

  • Allergies

  • Digestive disorders

  • High Cholesterol

  • Asthma

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Auto-immune disorders

  • Menstrual problems

  • Diabetes

  • Acid reflux

Chinese medicine has much to offer those who are wishing to raise the quality of their health and vitality. Practitioners of Chinese medicine operate with prevention in mind, attempting to correct small energetic imbalances before they become big health concerns.
 

Are there side effects?

When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, all treatment is safe and effective, free from adverse or addictive side effects. Quite often a sense of relaxation and well-being occur during and after treatments. While undergoing treatment for one ailment, other problems may resolve concurrently.
 

What are the limits of Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system.  Yet, this doesn't mean that it provides the best solution for all health and wellness concerns.  Both Western and Chinese medicine have their respective strengths and weaknesses, which is why at our clinic we help our clients to get the best out of both methodologies.


Generally speaking, acute, life-threatening conditions are best handled by Western medical doctors. The day to day health problems and all chronic conditions often benefit greatly from the perspective and tool-set found in systems like Chinese Medicine.


What should I ask the practitioner I am considering?

Always ask any practitioner about the extent of his or her training. Have them explain the difference between Chinese medicine and Western medicine in language that makes sense to you. A skilled practitioner will have a detailed knowledge of how the two systems interact and will be able to provide you with information both from an energetic and physiological point of view.

Chinese medicine has its limitations just as Western medicine does. Look for practitioners who know their limitations and have referral networks to take care of your health and wellness needs in ways they cannot.

Ask them about previous experience with conditions similar to your own. Although it is difficult to forecast response to treatments, ask about the signs and changes that the practitioner looks for to confirm that treatments are progressing well.?

 

Inquire about what therapies will be used and why. Practitioners should be able to explain any procedure they perform.

 

What does a treatment involve?

All treatments, whether the initial appointment or follow-ups, will begin with a review of your health concerns and history.  This is followed by performing any relevant physical exams including:  checking your pulses, viewing your tongue, palpation of various parts of the body, checking temperature at various locations, and may include other diagnostic criteria, case depending.

Following the exam, the intention and goals for treatment will be discussed and formalized after which treatment will begin.


How long is the visit?

Usually the first visit is the longest in order to allow for a complete medical history taking and exam – typically about 90 minutes. Follow-up visits are shorter, usually 20 to 60 minutes depending on practitioner and patient needs. Sometimes other therapies such as moxibustion, stretching, cupping, massage are incorporated into the treatment protocol, with some change to the overall length of the treatment time.

Don’t the needles hurt?

Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless. The sensations that follow range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. The needles used for acupuncture are very small, do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow.

Is it safe?

If performed by a qualified, conscientious practitioner, yes. Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.) know the human anatomy well and insert needles in a safe fashion. The needles used at every treatment are all pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use.

We as providers are well aware of the concern over infectious diseases and take every measure to ensure cleanliness as all health care professionals do.  Bleeding rarely occurs, unless done so on purpose in specific therapeutic situations and even then the amount is minimal and in no way dangerous.

Is there a minimum age for children?

The answer to this is that it depends on the child and the condition.  We treat children of all ages, including infants. 

How would I know if acupuncture would help my child?

At Turtle Dragon we see a great number of children for a great variety of disorders. Some of the most common include:

  • Colds

  • Anxiety

  • Teething

  • ADD

  • Fevers

  • Tonsillitis

  • Flu Ear infections

  • Allergies

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Cough

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Digestive problems

  • Infertility

  • Eczema

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Menopause

  • Psoriasis

  • Addictions

  • Painful periods

  • Acne

  • Hepatitis

  • Stress

  • Skin problems

  • Oncological support

  • Anxiety

  • Herpes

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Insomnia

  • HPV

  • Weight reduction