Does acupuncture hurt?

No.  Unlike the familiar hypodermic needle, acupuncture needles produce little or no sensation on insertion.  They are as fine as a cat’s whisker.  In fact, acupuncture is quite a pleasurable experience.  Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the release of opiate like hormones and normally induces a state of deep relaxation, balance, and healing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes.  Acupuncture is comfortable, safe and gentle.  Individually packaged and sterile stainless steel needles are used.  They are disposed of immediately after use.  The effects of acupuncture and herbal therapy are free of side effects when prescribed by a trained practitioner.

Does acupuncture work?

Yes!  Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is acknowledged as effective by the World Health Organization and National Institute of Health.  Oriental Medicine has survived 3,000 years and spread to every corner of the globe because it is one of the most sophisticated and successful clinical systems in the world.  Individuals seeking to take a more active role in their well being use this ancient medicine as their primary health care therapy.  Partnerships with acupuncture practitioners cultivate wellness and correct health imbalances.   Acupuncture and herbal medicine are very effective for a host of internal as well as musculo-skeletal problems.  What most people refer to as acupuncture is really the profession of Oriental medicine.  “Acupuncturists” are trained in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques including herbal medicine, massage therapy, and nutrition, as well as acupuncture.  In addition to treating your primary health complaints, the benefits of Oriental medicine include pain relief, immune enhancement, stress relief, and increased energy and well being.  This is because Oriental medicine treats the whole person, not just individual symptoms.

What can I expect during an acupuncture session?

Acupuncture

Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of disposable, sterile needles at strategic points on the body.  Initially, a session begins with an extensive health history, a comprehensive intake, and exam.  You will be asked numerous questions about your primary complaint as well as more general health issues.  An Acupuncturist’s physical exam resembles a conventional western exam, including vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure.  It also includes a more detailed examination and analysis of the pulse and tongue, as well as abdominal palpation and facial diagnosis.  Next, you will be treated according to your diagnosis.  The needles will be inserted and you will relax in the treatment room.  After about 20 minutes, the needles will be removed and a similar amount of needles may be inserted on the other side of your body.  Once again, you will be left to relax.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

After the acupuncture treatment is over, Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed if they will be helpful for your condition.  Chinese herbs are a powerful enhancement to the treatment.  Your recovery process will often be greatly hastened when combining acupuncture treatment with Chinese herbal therapy.  While visiting, you may also opt to have only an herbal consultation independent of an acupuncture treatment.

Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling

An important part of our partnership will include working on nutritional, emotional, and lifestyle factors that affect your physical imbalances.  A thorough analysis of your current lifestyle and dietary circumstances will be made and you will be supported in making important changes to enhance your well being.  A complete herbal detoxification cleanse may be prescribed.  Following nutrition and lifestyle recommendations will ensure more rapid healing progress.

Massage Therapy

Massage is an important and pleasurable part of Oriental medicine.  Your treatment session will often include massage in order to enhance relaxation, reduce stress, and promote the movement of blood and energy in your body.

Adjunct Therapies

Adjunct Therapies are treatment methods that are used alone or in combination with acupuncture as part of a Chinese medical treatment.  Therapies include Massage, Gua Sha, Cupping and Moxibustion.

How many sessions will I need?

Since each person is unique, the number of treatments will vary.  Among the determining factors are the nature, severity, and history of the complaint, as well as the general health of the individual.  Usually one or two treatments per week are necessary to begin with.  Many conditions can be alleviated very rapidly with acupuncture and herbs.  Chronic illnesses may require treatment for several weeks or longer.  Acute problems generally respond much faster.  As in any form of medical care, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination, and lifestyle will affect the course and outcome of treatment.