Some people are unsure about acupuncture but we want you to be comfortable and have your questions answered. See below for the most commonly asked questions. You can also email us if you don't see the answer below.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has its roots in 3000 year old Traditional Chinese Medicine although other Asian countries have adopted the practice as well with their own variations. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) publicized the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in 1997. The most commonly practiced form of acupuncture uses sterilized needles inserted into the skin at acupoints.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine, unlike injection needles, which are thicker and hollow. This is why acupuncture feels nothing like getting a shot or having blood drawn, and most patients do not find the treatment painful.
Who can perform acupuncture and is it safe?
Acupuncturists go through a rigorous training and schooling program before they must get licensed with the state in which they are practicing. Because of this, and that only the highest quality of sterile needles are used, it is perfectly safe.
What can I expect during my treatment?
The treatment lasts about 60 minutes. The acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions and do a full health history in order to find out the underlying cause of your health issue or disorder. Afterward the acupuncturist will examine your tongue, feel your pulses and palpate various parts of your body. This helps the acupuncturist find patterns that tell which organs and meridians are out of balance.
You may feel a slight sensation resembling a pinch or a mosquito bite when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are placed there may be a slight tingling, numbness or heaviness in the area while the practitioner is stimulating the point. These are positive signs that the needles are affecting the acupuncture point. You will be lying on a comfortable padded table and often people become very relaxed and fall into a light sleep during the session.
How often should I schedule?
Although some people will respond well to only one treatment, more are often necessary. The frequency of treatment and number of treatments needed is related to the patient’s condition. Generally, the longer the patient has had the condition the longer the course of treatment will be before showing substantial and lasting results. Acupuncture can be scheduled as often as five times a week or as little as once a month. Typically, patients in China are treated two to five times a week. Although some patients respond favorably after only one or two treatments, others may not respond even until the ninth visit. As symptoms improve fewer visits are required. A client should discuss his or her treatment program with the acupuncturist, as each individual case is unique.