January 8, 2016


Acupuncture Born in Asia, Tested in Europe and Now resides in the USA

      Acupuncture is one of the most ancient and advanced techniques in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A completely new healing approach, which has been spreading in Europe over the last 100 years, has begun to spread in the US over the last few decades. For many years, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners utilized the approach that the human body is a part of the galaxy and uses cosmic energy. Man represents the reflection of the natural harmony established between the Universe and our planet. In simple form, the practitioners of traditional Acupuncture see the individual as a product of various energies and minds. Practitioners are interested primarily in the energy phenomena, in all active expressions of life, in the emotions and the vital bodily functions; as these are the clues to help identify the possible disharmonious in the overall balance of energies within the individual. If you chose Viva Healthy Life as your acupuncture place you made the right choice, because Dr. Tsan and Dr. Selcova recognized as “Top 5 Acupuncture Practitioners in Philadelphia

Both doctors have outstanding experience and graduated the most prestigious Acupuncture schools in the world.


      According to oriental philosophy, most digestive disorders are due to disharmony in the spleen and stomach. The spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and the support of an individual’s physical strength. It turns the digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and qi (energy). The functioning of the “middle” is the key to all aspects of vitality.  By taking into account a person’s constitution and varied symptoms, a treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual to bring their “middle” back into harmony and optimize the proper functioning of the digestive system. A variety of techniques can be used during treatment including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations, and energetic exercises to restore digestive health.

For more questions and answers regarding this beautiful method of Acupuncture please read below:

Questions and Answers

What Is Acupuncture?

      Acupuncture is a complete medical system originated from China more than 3000 years ago. It utilizes the traditional Chinese medicine theory to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being by inserting acupuncture needles at critical points through the human body. Due to its proven effectiveness, this method has been becoming more and more popular throughout the world.

How Acupuncture Works?

      There are two kinds of explanations about how acupuncture works. I would like to give a traditional explanation. In traditional Chinese medicine, there exists meridian system which encompasses the human body. The meridians contain more than 360. Qi, or a stream of energy, flows through these meridians and acupoints to support the tissue, muscles and organs. When the Qi is obstructed in certain critical points or acupoints, the function of tissue, muscles and organs will be impaired. Inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints helps the release the Qi flow and corrects Qi imbalances at the organ level to improve your energy and internal processing. What is Ear Acupuncture?      Ear acupuncture can be a very effective method for weight loss, appetite control, digesting system adjustment, to increase metabolism, to relieve acute pains and chronically stiff joints. Sometimes these treatments are so effective that they cure the afflictions within minutes. For some problems, it can be more effective than stimulation of the regular body acupoints. Organ diseases and glandular disturbances may not be healed as quickly, but ear needling will always be very helpful as a support method with other forms of treatment.

Benefits of Acupuncture?

      Since acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing ability, many conditions can be corrected or improved. Also, it is being widely believed that acupuncture is a comprehensive system of preventive health care and health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management or as an analgesic. Many athletes claim that  acupuncture treatments help them to reach optimum performance levels. Recently acupuncture detoxification treatments have been recognized as a valid form of therapy for chemical dependency problems such as alcohol and drug abuse as well as smoking. Throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as an excellent alternative form of health care.

How does Acupuncture feel?

      Before first treatment, many people are skeptical of the statement that any hypnotherapy can be painless. Different sensations such as soreness, numbness, distending, warmth and pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing. Acupuncture needles are very thin, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the  skilled  alternative medicine practitioner to insert a needle with little or no sensation. If you are afraid of needles, discuss the phobia with your  acupuncturist. An appropriate acupuncture treatment strategy can always be agreed upon.

Is acupuncture needle safe?

      Yes, acupuncture needles are safe and completely hygienic. Today acupuncture treatments are carried out with sterile and disposable needles approved by the FDA. How many sessions of acupuncture do I need for treatment? Since each person is unique, the number of acupuncture sessions that the patient requires will vary. The determining factors include the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the vitality of the individual. Again, you should discuss your treatment program with your acupuncturist.

How many needles should be used in each acupuncture procedure?

According to my experience, six to eight needles are used during  acupuncture  treatment most of the time. If two or more symptoms or conditions are treated during one session, ten or more needles may be used. For instance, in a situation where a patient is suffering from both back pain and headaches for a prolonged period of time, the patient can be treated for both ailments in the same session instead of treating only one symptom per session. However, treating too many ailments in one session is not recommended as it can interfere with the results. Some acupuncturists insert as many as thirty needles in one procedure. This may mean that by using many needles, the practitioner attempts to increase the chance of inserting the needles precisely in the acupoints. This approach, however, may set the treatment effect out of control and cause fatigue rather than beneficial relaxation, and, as a result, hider the patient.

How often should I have acupuncture treatment?

I usually render acupuncture two to three sessions a week for the first two weeks. After reviewing the progress of treatment, I may decrease the number of sessions to once or twice a week. However, this entirely depends on the physical condition of each individual.

How long each acupuncture session takes?

Normally, each session takes 20 to 40 minutes. It depends on the sensitivity of each individual and the condition or ailment that the patient is fighting. Generally speaking, the quality of the acupuncture treatment relies on the experience and skill of the acupuncturist. The effectiveness of the treatment will depend on the practitioner’s ability to diagnose the symptom, accurately pierce the acupoints, timing, the depth and angle of insertion, techniques of manipulation, etc.

Should I stop other drugs during an acupuncture treatment?

No. You should continue to follow your current physician’s instructions unless your acupuncturist recommends that you to stop taking medications as he/she believes you do not need them any longer. Please remember that acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments not to replace them. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist.

In which cases is acupuncture inadvisable?

A patient should never be needled under the following conditions: When the patient is too hot; when his or her pulse is greatly disturbed; when he or she is drunk or angry; when he or she is hungry or has eaten too much; when he or she is exhausted, out of breath; or when he or she is overwhelmingly afraid. It is preferable not to have acupuncture treatment during the first trimester of pregnancy unless the practitioner deems it necessary or beneficial.

DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER THIS TREATMENT?   Health-Insurance-PA-306x140         I cannot give you a “yes” or “no” answer. The coverage varies depending on the state in which you live, your medical insurance company and the type health insurance plan you currently have. In some states like New Mexico, California, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, etc., most health insurance companies offer medical insurance programs that cover acupuncture treatments, including for the Chinese herb formulas. Currently in Pennsylvania, most health insurance companies do not offer medical insurance programs that cover these holistic  treatments. A few insurance companies like Aetna U.S. Healthcare began to offer acupuncture treatment coverage in some of their medical insurance programs. As far as I know, Independent Blue Cross is considering introducing an alternative healthcare program administrated by American Specialty Health Networks. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, you should contact your health insurance company to check whether your current medical insurance covers acupuncture treatments. If you have injuries caused by car accidents or work injuries, your auto insurance or work compensation insurance will most likely cover this treatment. However, you should still contact your auto insurance or work insurance company to confirm the acupuncture treatment coverage.

Your most valuable asset is good health. Invest in it wisely. Consider Acupuncture!!!

At Viva Healthy Life Dr. Godlburd, LAc performs acupuncture treatment under supervision of the internationally known acupuncturist Dr. Tsan who has extensive experience in this area and graduated The Graduate School of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (GSCACMS), Beijing, China  This two doctors will take care of all your medical problems and will help you to recover as fast as possible.

Viva Healthy Life ranked #1 Acupuncture office in Philadelphia by Mojo Pages Fox29

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