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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will it hurt?

No one loves the thought of needles being inserted. Primarily, because we associate needles with going to the medical doctor's  office. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and made from silver alloy typically stainless steel. You may feel little or no discomfort as the needles are inserted as the process is typically painless. Perhaps you may feel different sensations including a slight tingle, numbness, warmth, or pressure. These energetic sensations differ from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and comforting.


Is it safe?

Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years in China. Acupuncture is the treatment of choice for one-fourth of the world’s population! The needles are FDA approved, individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use.


What should I expect for my first treatment?

After the first treatment has been administered, depending on the aliment being treated, many experiences may occur. Immediate, total or partial relief from pain or other symptoms may be experienced. Some patients experience a sudden burst of energy while others may feel relaxed. Many people experience a calming satisfaction. Small, localized bruises from minor bleeding under the skin are infrequent, but do occur.


How long do the treatments take?

In most situations treatments take between 30 and 50 minutes but can last longer in certain scenarios. The length of the treatment depends on the individual conditions of the patient and the treatment plan of the acupuncturist.


How does acupuncture work?

In traditional Chinese Medicine, there exists a meridian system through the human body. In this system, invisible passageways for energy are called meridians. There are certain points on the body (more than 360) that connect with certain organs and bodily functions. In a healthy, normal functioning body, the energy in these meridians flow freely resulting in a balanced system. When the flow of energy is interrupted from causes such as stress or injury, this energy is reduced throwing your “Qi” off balance. By performing acupuncture this Qi or balance is restored.


Are the needles clean?

Acupuncture needles are FDA approved. These needles are pre-sterilized and individually wrapped. After the needles are used, they are disposed.


How many treatments will I need?

Sometimes acupuncture is used as a last resort after traditional medicine has been exhausted and various procedures and medications have been tried without success.. It is best if I am able to address an illness at its inception. But even at later stages and when other treatments have failed, very often acupuncture will help... don't give up hope. Since every person is unique in their own condition, the numbers of treatments will vary. The nature, severity and history of each patient’s problem, as well as the individual himself or herself, are all factors that are involved in how many treatments will be necessary.


Are needles the only equipment involved?

I may use several techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, essential oils, pranic healing, medical qi gong and point stimulation to help with the patient’s treatment.


Will it conflict with my other medications?

Acupuncture will not conflict with any of your medications. Acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments . Many physicians support the idea of acupuncture and medical schools are now exposing students to the idea of complementary treatment.