What to Expect

Q:  What is Acupuncture?

A:  Acupuncture is the inserting of very small needles into specific acupuncture points on various points on the body. Acupuncture promotes circulation, decreases inflammation, relieves pain, and increases the body’s ability to heal itself. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic medical practice, treating the mind, body and spirit of each recipient.

Q:  How Does Acupuncture Work?

A:  According to Traditional Chinese Medical theory, the body has 12 meridians through which energy or Qi flows. Excess, deficient or obstructed Qi causes pain and dysfunction. The meridians can be influenced by needling acupuncture points.  Acupuncture unblocks the obstruction and reestablishes the regular flow through meridians.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Q:  Does it Hurt?

A:  Acupuncture is safe, and is generally a painless procedure. When the correct stimulus has been obtained, the patient should feel some tingling, heaviness, warming sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway.

Q:  What Problems Can be Treated by Acupuncture?

A:  The World Health Organization has confirmed that acupuncture is effective for treating the following:

Cardiovascular disorders

Heart problems, High blood pressure.

Gastrointestinal disorders

Digestive tract problems, Diarrhea, Constipation, Hiccups.

Gynecological and Urological disorders

Incontinence, Irregular menstruation,  Infertility, PMS, Premenstrual cramps.

Musculoskeletal disorders and Nervous system disorders

Low back pain, Sciatica, Hip and Joint disorders, Frozen shoulder, Tennis elbow, Carpal tunnel, Knee pain, Sprains and Strains, Osteoarthritis, numbness of fingers, Headaches, Migraines, Partial weakness after stroke, Inflammation of nerve endings.

Respiratory disorders

Asthma, Allergies, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Common cold and cough.

Acupuncture can also help treat stress, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia.

Q:  How Deep do Needles go?

A:  That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, patient’s size, age, and constitution. Usually needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch in depth.

Q:  Are Needles Clean?

A:  All needles are sterilized, of highest quality, individually packaged, and disposed of after one use.

Q:  Is There Anything I Need to do While Receiving Acupuncture?

A:      1.  Relax.  There is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any  questions you have along the way, so that you can  get the most benefit possible from the treatment.

2.  Do not change your position or move suddenly.  If you are uncomfortable tell your practitioner.

Q:  What Can I Expect After The Treatment?

A:  Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only for a couple of days.

Generally, you should expect to feel better. Since there are no contraindications or side-effects, acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments and medical prescriptions.

Q:  What is the Initial Evaluation and First Treatment like?

A:  The Initial Evaluation and Treatment will last an hour and a half.  45 minutes will be spent discussing the patient’s chief complaint, so that your practitioner is able to understand the history and frequency of this issue.  Other health related questions will be covered in great detail as well.  The new patient will be educated about basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, so that they have an understanding of their situation from a Chinese Medical Perspective.

Q:  What is included in each treatment?

A:  All treatments will include Acupuncture, the placing of very thin needles in specific points that we call Acupuncture Points.  Patients often feel sensations such as pressure, warmth, a twitch of the muscle, or nothing at all.  Other modalities may also be included depending on your case, such as fire cupping, moxibustion, tui na massage, gua sha, and auricular therapy.  If Chinese Herbs are a part of your plan they will be prescribed and given to you at the time of your treatment.  Cost of herbs is separate.

Much care will be spent to ensure you are educated about specific dietary changes, exercises, meditations, breathing exercises, etc. that will promote your healing process.

Q:  Will I have a treatment plan?

A:  Yes.  Each individual responds to acupuncture in their own unique way.  Chronic issues may take longer to resolve, while some acute issues may be alleviated in just one treatment.  A treatment plan will be discussed with your practitioner during your Initial Evaluation and Treatment, to ensure you are given the care you need to reach your specific health goals.

I’m excited to share the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine with you soon!