Commonly Asked Questions
Acupuncture promotes healing by assisting in the movement of your body’s natural energy through the insertion of very fine needles along pathways in the body. For more details, visit our section about Acupuncture
When the body is healthy, there will be no pain or discomfort. When pain or discomfort arises, there is a disharmony in the body. Acupuncture treats the underlying issue, known as the “root cause,” in order to relieve symptoms and prevent future discomfort. Acupuncture has been used to treat many ailments, including but not limited to pain management, stress and anxiety, headaches and migraines, insomnia, addictions, allergies, acute colds and illnesses, digestive discomfort, fertility and menstrual irregularities, pregnancy support, and many more. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture for an extensive list of diseases and health problems. For more details, click the following link to visit our section about Acupuncture.
Yes! Acupuncture is performed by inserting single-use, pre-sterilized needles into specific points on the body. Prior to insertion, the acupuncture points on the body are cleaned with alcohol. Needles are never reused, and are disposed of immediately following treatment. If you have recently had surgery, have a pacemaker, or have any serious diseases, please alert your practitioner prior to treatment. Always inform your practitioner of any changes in health or medications.
Yes! Many women receive acupuncture to reduce morning sickness and other side effects, as well as to support a healthy pregnancy.
The most common side effect of acupuncture is mild bruising. If you do not eat a light snack before treatment, dizziness may occur.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, commonly described as being “slightly thicker than a human hair.” Most people do not feel pain during treatment. Occasionally, patients experience what is called “De Qi,” or “the arrival of Qi,” which is a brief sensation when the needle is inserted.
It is recommended that you eat a snack and have some water one to two hours before treatment to prevent dizziness or lightheadedness. Loose-fitting, moveable clothing is best, as many acupuncture points are located around the knees and elbows.
The frequency of acupuncture appointments varies from person to person. Initially, plan on coming once or twice per week, with less frequent visits as your condition improves. Please call and speak with a practitioner for more details.
Results vary from person to person. Some people experience relief after just one visit; for others, it may take weeks or sometimes several months to see results. There are many factors: it all depends on your body, the severity of your condition, your personalized treatment plan, and frequency of visits.
No! We offer and recommend herbal medicine to strengthen your treatment, but taking herbs will never be required.
Cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and other techniques are used on a case-by-case basis. These techniques may or may not be indicated for your condition, and will be offered as part of your treatment plan when needed.