FAQs

Some Additional Information about Acupuncture

How do you know if acupuncture is for you?
You have a physical or emotional illness and want to recover in a holistic way
You have chronic pain and other modalities have not helped
You’re interested in maintaining and improving your health rather than waiting to feel bad
You want to reduce your stress level and increase your well-being
You believe your body has the power to heal itself
You’re tired of being treated for your symptoms instead of yourself as a whole person


How does acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine is based on theories of the flow of Qi through pathways on the body called channels or meridians. Acupuncture works to regulate and restore the flow of Qi, thus improving the body’s various systems and treating and preventing disease.


A more modern understanding of how acupuncture works is that the insertion of needles stimulates the nervous system and promotes bio-chemical changes at the needle site and throughout the body. This stimulation of the nervous system regulates organ function, improves well-being, and reduces pain.



What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself, so most conditions can be corrected or improved. Chinese Medicine is a wide-ranging system of preventative care and health maintenance with its effectiveness being well documented throughout its long history. According to the World Health Organization, Chinese Medicine has proven to be exceptionally effective in treating signs and symptoms of:

Women’s Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Natural Fertility Enhancement Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Post Partum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems. Men’s Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence. Pediatrics: Asthma, Cough, Digestive Problems, Behavioral Problems, Ear Infections, Sleep Problems. Pain Relief: Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care. Digestive Disorders: Indigestion, Constipation, Urgent Bowel Movements. Respiratory Problems: Asthma, Allergies. Mental Health: Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management. Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Wellness, Seasonal Attunement


What does acupuncture feel like?
Many people who have never experienced acupuncture are often surprised at how relaxing an experience it can be. A variety of sensations are possible, some of which might be: a feeling of pressure around the needle site, a spreading or tingling sensation which may travel from the needle site, or an initial dull, achy or heavy sensation. My number one focus is to give you the best and most effective acupuncture experience and come up with the best possible treatment plan.


Are acupuncture needles safe?
Yes. Acupuncturists are required by law to follow very strict procedures. I use pre-sterilized needles that are manufactured and packaged in sterile packages. Each needle is used only once and disposed of appropriately under OSHA guidelines.


How long does each treatment take?
During your first office visit, I will need the time to get to know your health history and the details of your condition. It is common for a first office visit to last 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Return office visits are shorter and generally range anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour.