Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is a very gentle procedure. However, sensations at the stimulated points of the body are common and often necessary in order to achieve the therapeutic goal. Overall, most people find it to be an extremely relaxing and comfortable procedure.

How many treatments will I need?

The rate of healing and frequency of treatment is dictated by the severity and duration of the illness and the strength of the appropriate treatment. Often it is necessary to be more aggressive in the initial stages of treatment. The use of herbal medicine, appropriate excercise, relaxation techniques, and dietary modification can often greatly enhance the speed of recovery. Traditional Chinese medicine is a fast acting system of healing and changes in the illness should be noticed within the first few treatments. After your initial evaluation a straightforward treatment plan will always be explained to you.

Are there side effects of acupuncture?

Occasionally a person may get a small bruise at an acupuncture site, although this is fairly rare. Some people feel a little light headed after treatment, especially if they have not eaten adequately that day. Some of the points simulated may be a little sore for 24 to 48 hours following acupuncture. The majority of people just feel extremely relaxed.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works through generating signals from the peripheral nervous system into the central nervous system in order to elicit a targeted and restorative reaction from the central nervous system. This central nervous system function can reduce pain and inflammation, normalize body processes, deeply calm the body, and promote healing. This peripheral nervous system signal is generated through inserting a hair thin sterile acupuncture needle into a specific acupuncture point.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the most conservative and safe therapies in existence. We use only single use sterile disposable needles. Because acupuncture uses the body's own healing power to restore health, it is minimally invasive.