FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
No, it does not hurt! The needles are very tiny and do not rip the skin upon insertion. There might be a slight sensation like a mosquito bite when the needle is first inserted but that goes away after a few moments.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Acupuncture can treat so much! From muscle pain to headaches to asthma to depression to insomnia. For more on the specific ailments acupunture can treat please visit our treatments page.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I HAVE TO GET?
This is answered on a case by case basis. In general, most patients receive a course of treatment ranging from 6 - 10 acupuncture treatments. The initial treatment lasts about 90 minutes and all following treatments last approximately 60 minutes.
WHAT HAPPENS ON MY FIRST VISIT?
When you schedule your initial treatment you will receive an email with the new patient paperwork. You can fill this out online from your computer or phone. Please fill this out before your initial appointment. If you cannot fill this paperwork out online please arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment where you will be able to fill out a physical copy of the questionnaire. Once you arrive, you will receive an in-depth consultation during which your acupuncturist will decide on the treatments best suited for you. Most patients find acupuncture very relaxing and it is not uncommon to fall asleep during treatment.
WHAT IS CUPPING? WHEN IS IT USED?
Cupping is a traditional form of bodywork using vacuum sealed cups. When the cups are put on the body it creates an inverse pressure which stretches the muscles and surrounding fascia, increases local blood flow, and can pull lactic acid out of the muscles to allow them to become less tense.
DO YOU DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN ACUPUNCTURE?
Yes. Depending on the specific needs of the client we may supplement acupuncture with treatments such as Cupping, Gua Sha, or Tui Na. We also highly recommend making use of our herbal supplement options which are tailored specifically to your needs. These herbal supplements will help prolong the benefits of your acupuncture treatment and will keep you healthier until your next treatment. (Prices on herbal supplements vary).
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ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
Yes, but most are mild. Since acupuncture uses a needle to break the skin there is a small chance that a bruise can result. The other most common side effect of acupuncture is dizziness following a treatment. Since acupuncture dilates the blood vessels this can cause your blood pressure to momentarily drop after treatment. To counteract this I have all of my patient sit up slowly after treatment and take their time getting ready.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO ENTER THE FIELD OF CHINESE MEDICINE?
Please visit the "Our Story" page!
WHERE DID THE PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE COME FROM?
Acupuncture was discovered between 2000 and 5000 years ago in China. Acupuncture is a full system of medicine that can treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions by using specifically targeted areas of the body and inserting a needle into the area.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Yes it is. Children tend to respond very well to acupuncture and I have treated children as young as 2 months old. I have received extra training in pediatric acupuncture.
IS THERE ANY REASON I SHOULDN'T DO ACUPUNTURE?
Acupuncture is safe for most patients and if any considerations need to be made due to your circumstances they will be. Treatments will be tailored to your needs.
I'VE HEARD OF PRE-NATAL ACUPUNCTURE. DO YOU OFFER THAT?
Yes - we offer treatment to help facilitate a quick and easy birthing process. Treatment consists of acupuncture once a week from weeks 34 to 40 of pregnancy. The treatment increases blood flow to the cervix allowing for dilation and effacement. The treatment also helps increase flexibility in the pelvis and loosens the round ligament allowing for preparation of labor.