What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a powerful method of healing developed in China at least 2,000 years ago. Established as one of the most important components of Chinese medicine, it promotes natural healing and improved physical and emotional well-being.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
How should I feel during Acupuncture?
People experience Acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel deep relaxation. If you experience that type of deep relaxation, numbness, or heaviness, that is a sign the treatment is working properly.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Because Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible, most people do not experience discomfort when they are inserted. When Qi has been influenced, a sensation may be felt such as a tingling, heaviness or a slight flow of energy. The most common experience during treatment is a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
How many treatments are needed?
No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The number of treatments required will vary depending on the severity and nature of the condition.
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
According to the National Institutes of Health, Acupuncture may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of adult post-operative and chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting, post-operative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. Our experience suggests that some people do quite well with Acupuncture while others less so. For most conditions, patients generally know within the first few visits if it is helpful for them.