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Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work?

Over three thousand years ago, the ancient Chinese discovered acupuncture points. There are 12 regular meridians, 8 extra meridians and many other micro-channel systems in our body with acupoints located on them. The meridian system connects the internal organs and external structures, such as skin, muscles, the five sense organs, etc., to function as information and nutrition transportation. If there is an imbalance or pathogen attack, it usually results in energy blockage. Such as inflammation, congestion or bleeding, and on the related surface channel will manifest as tender spots on some of the acupoints. By stimulating such points the doctor can help the patient’s body to initiate self -healing to eliminate pathogens or restore balance.

Does acupuncture hurt? Are there side effects?

This is the most common question asked about acupuncture because many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker, so they are virtually painless when inserted. After insertion, the practitioner will bring the needle to the appropriate depth. You will then usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling, to heaviness, to warmth, or nothing at all. Each person’s experience is different. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.

Are the needles safe?

Yes!! The needle is sterilized, individually packaged and disposable to avoid the possibility of transmitting any communicable diseases. They are used once and then disposed of immediately.

How long does each visit last?

The first visit usually takes anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the nature of the problem. Follow-up appointments usually take 30 minutes.

What should I wear or bring to my acupuncture appointment?

The doctor may need access to your feet, legs, arms, stomach or back. Therefore, comfortable loose fitting clothes may be worn or we will happily provide you with a gown. For your first appointment bring a list of current medications and any test results including blood and urine analysis, x-rays, MRI, and CT scan reports. It will help us get a better understanding of your problem. What should I expect before, after, and during my appointment? During your first consultation, the practitioner will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition. They will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. The practitioner will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and sometimes palpate your abdomen or check for tender areas along the blood vessels. Other exams may be performed such as special tests for sports injuries, sensory and motor function, reflex testing, and blood pressure testing depending on the ailment being treated. During the acupuncture treatment when needles are inserted, a needling sensation is often experienced. This sensation can be described as a heavy, tingling, shooting or traveling sensation away from the needle which is considered as energy flow and it will immediately subside. Most patients find that once the needles are in place they become very relaxed and even sleepy. Needles remain in place 20 – 30 minutes on the average. Also, remember to eat a little something prior to your treatment, rather than coming on an empty stomach. It is also recommended that you not be overly full on food or drink when you are treated.

How many treatments will I need and how often should I come?

This depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of the complaint. Generally from 10 to 20 treatments are adequate for the majority of chronic disorders. Some acute conditions may only require a single treatment and some degenerative conditions may require as many as 40 treatments. However, the patient has the right to expect that their major complaint will be addressed and treated in a direct and timely manner.

What if I do not like needles?

No worries!! Needle Alternatives are available. You would be able to choose one or more of the combination of the following methods: traditional Chinese herbal therapy, traditional western herbal tea, medical nutritional therapy, auricular therapy, electric acupoint stimulation therapy, moxibustion, cupping and posture training.

Why would I see an acupuncturist?

Many patients begin acupuncture treatment to find relief from a wide range of physical conditions. Many who are not experiencing ailments also seek treatment to maximize their wellness and maintain balance. The greatest reason to begin acupuncture treatment is to cultivate vitality and radiant health and to stimulate the tremendous healing power of the body, mind and spirit. Acupuncture can also be a powerful preventative measure to keep patients healthy throughout the year.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

A growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Consult your insurer for the terms of coverage on your policy. We are welcome all types of PPO plans and authorized Workers compensation referral.

I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?

Contact me at the Email address displayed on the contact information of my website or enter your information to our “schedule now” . We will discuss your concerns and schedule an initial visit. During your first visit we will explore a treatment schedule that will best meet your needs.