Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Acupuncture?
It is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which has been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 2,500 years.

How Does It Work?
Acupuncture treatments correct the energetic imbalance by encouraging the body's natural ability to heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgery. Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (chee) or Energy and Xue (shway) or Blood through the discrete channels or meridians which transverse the body, similar but not identical to the nervous and circulatory systems. According to this theory acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi guiding it to areas of deficiency and draining it from where there is excess. The purpose is to restore the harmonious energetic balance of the body When the balance of this energy is disturbed, pain or illness results. Acupuncture essentially promotes the free balanced flow of Qi and Blood. In Chinese there is a saying, "There is no pain if there is free flow,- if there is pain, there is no free flow."



How Deep Do The Needles Go?
Insertion depth is relative to the underlying anatomy of the acupuncture point, the nature of the problem, patient size, age, and constitution.  Needles, are generally, inserted from 1/4" - 1 " in depth.



Does It Hurt?
Chinese acupuncture tries to illicit a strong stimulation from the needle. However, most people remark that they do not feel anything with the insertion of the needle, or they feel just a slight sensation which soon goes away. Quite a few people actually fall asleep during their treatment.



Are The Needles Clean?
The needles used are disposable and come in pre-sterilized, individual packages. This assures that there is no transmission of communicable disease from patient to patient.

 


Is Acupuncture The Only Method of Treatment?
We are also trained to use a number of adjunctive therapies. These typically include: moxibustion (heat), Gua Sha (scraping), Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture), Cupping (suction), magnets, electrical or laser stimulation, various types of massage, acupressure, herbal therapy and/or Chinese remedial massage.



What Can I Expect After Treatment?
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 relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.