Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery.

    The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

How should I prepare?

    1. Come with any questions you have, we're here to help you.
    2. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
    3. Don't eat large meals just before or after your visit.
    4. Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.
    5. Avoid stressful situation. Make time to relax and be sure to get plenty of rest.
    6. Between visits, take notes of any changes that you may have experienced.

How long do treatments take?

    An office visit will last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The needles, once inserted, will usually be left in place from 15 to 45 minutes. Ultimately, the session length depends on the technique and desired results.

What can I expect when I go to an Acupuncturist?

    The Acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions and do a full health history in order to find out the underlying cause of your health issue or disorder. The Acupuncturist will ask about your symptoms, health and life-style. Afterward the Acupuncturist will examine your tongue, feel your pulses and palpate various parts of your body. This helps the Acupuncturist find patterns that tell which organs and meridians are out of balance. With this information the Acupuncturist will identify a pattern of disharmony according to Oriental Medical theory and will make a treatment plan to address it. After your initial interview, you may receive an Acupuncture treatment.

What is an Acupuncture treatment like?

    You may feel a slight sensation resembling a pinch or a mosquito bite when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are placed there may be a slight tingling, numbness or heaviness in the area while the practitioner is stimulating the point. These are positive signs that the needles are affecting the acupuncture point. Usually you will be lying on a comfortable padded table or in an easy chair. Often, people become very relaxed and fall into a light sleep during the session.

Is Acupuncture treatment safe?

    Yes. Only sterile disposable needles made of surgical stainless steel that come in pre-sterilized packs are used. Because of the training an Acupuncturist receives, acupuncture is very safe. If a comprehensively trained Acupuncturist performs the treatment, your safety is assured.

    Only one-time-use disposable needles

Does acupuncture treatment hurt?

    Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain as very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used.

Can children be treated with acupuncture?

    Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. In addition, young children of those apprehensive of the use of acupuncture needles may be treated without needles using Asian bodywork and/or electrical probes. In addition, herbal formulas are usually prescribed to enhance the acupuncture treatments and to provide further care between treatments as well.

Should I consult with my physician regarding getting acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment?

    It is advisable to always inform your physician about any treatment that you are seeking and it is also very important to have a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available during your first consultation with your Acupuncturist. Some physicians will also refer acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners to patients.

What is Acupuncture effective for?

    Acupuncture is recommended for treating various conditions including but not limited to:
    • Pain relief and control - back, neck, shoulder, limb, joint, tooth
    • Headaches/Migraine/Sinusitis
    • Arthritis/Fibromyalgia
    • Anxiety/Stress/Depression/Bipolar
    • Hypertension/High cholesterol/Diabetes
    • Insomnia/Fatigue
    • Stroke rehabilitation
    • Neurological disorders - Bell's palsy, sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia etc.
    • Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Allergies/Ear, nose and throat disorders
    • Respiratory, gastrointestinal disorders
    • Endocrine, immune system disorders
    • Side effects of chemotherapy
    • Smoking cessation/Weight control