Frequently Asked Questions?        What to Expect...

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Is Acupuncture safe?

How does Acupuncture work?

No! Acupuncture is a relatively pain free treatment. The needles are extremely thin (about the width of two human hairs), solid, disposable, and flexible. Some patients will experience a dull ache or slight tingling sensation.
Yes! Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug free, and effective treatment that has been used across the globe for over 2000 years. The FDA requires that all Acupuncture Physicians follow strict safety guidelines. Please remember, Licensed Acupuncture Physicians are required to attend 3-4 years of graduate studies in Oriental Medicine, which includes over 1,000 hours of training and a supervised internship. Non-Acupuncture Physicians (MD, DO, PT, and Chiropractors) can acquire a certification with only 300 hours of training. For a safe and effective Acupuncture treatment, please choose a Licensed Acupuncture Physician.
Chinese medicine explains that energy (Qi) flows through channels in the body that connect with major organs. That energy needs to flow freely without obstruction for all of the body process to function properly. When this energy flow is blocked or unbalanced, illness arises. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating specific points along the channels reduces or eliminates obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal. 
Western medicine has found that Acupuncture likely works by stimulating the central nervous system to release neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions. Acupuncture has also been shown to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow, to increase healing time and reduce pain.

What happens during an Acupuncture treatment?

In a typical first visit, you will talk about your medical history and establish your most critical complaints or concerns. There is an elaborate intake to assess how your body is working as a whole system (not just a symptom). In addition to questioning about symptoms, you may be asked about lifestyle, eating habits, sleep habits, emotional state, and anything that may provide insight to the root of the problem and your overall health picture. 
A physical exam may be appropriate, and other diagnostic techniques unique to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine may be used, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Treatment may include Acupuncture, cupping, herbal treatments, and any additional modalities deemed appropriate.
first visits typically last 1-2 hours, and follow up visits are 45-60min.

How many treatments will I need?

Every patient is unique and everyone responds differently to treatment. 
Acute conditions, such as a cold, typically only require one or two treatments. Newly onset issues, such as constipation,headache, or injury may take three to six treatments before symptoms are reduced. Chronic conditions and chronic pain  typically take longer to treat.  When you have been suffering with a condition for years, it ma take four to ten treatments before you notice significant changes. After you initial consultation, your Physician should be able to provide you with an approximation of how many treatments you will need.