Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that promotes the body’s own natural healing.  It can support one’s physical and emotional health by restoring a person’s immunity, energetic balance, and sense of well-being.  It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.  Acupuncture mainly consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points in order to treat imbalances or specific conditions; however, other modalities, such as Chinese herbs, moxibustion and cupping, are often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments.

FAQs

How does acupuncture work?

Each of us has qi (pronounced Chee) or “vital energy” that flows through channels or meridians throughout our bodies.  If there is a disruption in this flow, symptoms may manifest in the form of physical pain, fatigue, anxiety, etc.  Acupuncture regulates the qi by guiding it to areas of weakness and draining it from areas of excess.  As a result, it nurtures the body by bringing it back into balance and harmony.

What does acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective modality to treat over 40 diseases such as:

  • Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders (Earaches, Sinusitis, Rhinitis)
  • Respiratory Disorders (Colds & Flu, Asthma, Allergies)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (Constipation, Nausea, Diarrhea, Indigestion)
  • Circulatory Disorders (Hypertension, Angina, High Cholesterol)
  • Urogenital Disorders (Cystitis, Incontinence, BPH)
  • Gynecological Disorders (Irregular Menses, PMS, Infertility, Menopause)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (TMJ, Sciatica, Arthritis, Whiplash, Low Back Pain)
  • Psychoemotional & Neurological Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Migraine)
  • And many others….

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, not much thicker than a hair, making their insertion virtually painless.  It is common to feel slight tingling, warmth, heaviness, or dull and achy sensation as the Qi begins to move and open up the body’s channels.  Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, and many even fall asleep during treatment.

How many visits are needed for effective treatment?

The number of visits depends on the nature of the condition a person is seeking treatment for, as well as their general health.  An acute illness may only need 1 or 2 treatments.  Chronic conditions often require several weeks or months of treatment depending on the severity of the condition.  A common acupuncture prescription is six to twelve treatments.

How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

  • If it is your first treatment, make sure to print off and fill out the paperwork before your appointment.  Otherwise, plan to arrive 15 minutes early in order to fill out paperwork.
  • It is a good idea to wear loose fitting clothing for treatment.
  • Make sure to eat a light meal before hand.
  • Try to avoid brushing your tongue on the day of your visit.

What should I expect during my acupuncture visit?

The initial visit lasts an hour and a half and includes a comprehensive assessment of all of your body systems.  Your practitioner will take your pulse and observe your tongue.  The practitioner will then use this information to come up with an appropriate treatment plan.  Treatment plans consist of frequency of treatments, Chinese herbal or supplement recommendations, dietary, and lifestyle advice.  Typically, 10-20 acupuncture needles will be inserted and retained for approximately 30 minutes.  There may also be other modalities used during your treatment such as cupping, moxibustion, tuning forks, and massage. Follow-up appointments last 45 minutes to an hour.