Acupuncture has been used for centuries to bring healing and harmony to the body, mind and spirit. It’s a modality that uses tiny needles to stimulate acu-points along the bodies meridians based on what’s happening in your body. The result is a balancing or unblocking of the body’s energy flows to help your body do what it needs to do to heal itself.
I use a very gentle technique. Most of the time needle insertion is completely undetectable however sometimes a momentary prick can be felt as the needle is inserted. It is also possible to feel a dull pressure or tingling around the area upon insertion. Once all of the needles are inserted most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
I use a very gentle technique. Sometimes a momentary prick is felt around the needle as it is inserted. It is also possible to feel a dull pressure or tingling around the area upon insertion. Once all of the needles are inserted most people are amazed at how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
All needles are disposable. They are used once and then disposed of immediately.
When looking for an acupuncturist, be sure to look for proper qualifications. Many chiropractors and MD's perform acupuncture. Depending on which state, these practitioners are required to get about 100 hours of training to give acupuncture. An NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists; Lac. (licensed Acupuncturist); Dipl.Ac. (Diplomat of Acupuncture); DOM (Doctor of Oriental Medicine); OMD (Oriental Medical Doctor) will have a minimum of four years of training, equivalent to a Master's Degree. Be sure to ask for credentials.
What conditions are treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture is known primarily as a means of treating pain. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness in treating the following disorders:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- All pain from common injuries, car accidents, or trauma
- Migraine and other headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- TMJ (Trigeminal Neuralgia)
- Respiratory disorders
- Colds & flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, chronic cough
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, stomach ulcers
- Gas and bloating
- Gynecological disorders
- Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, painful menstruation, infertility, menopausal symptoms
- Urogenital disorders
- Cystitis, stress incontinence, any bladder issues, prostatitis, kidney stones
- Urinary tract infections
- Psycho-emotional and neurological disorders
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia, post-stroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus
- Addictions and eating disorders
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint as well as your overall health. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require more treatments over time. Chinese herbs can be very helpful to speed this process along. Two treatments a week is not unusual with severe symptoms, once a week is typical, although your practitioner will set up a protocol for your specific needs.
Some patients report immediate relief after one treatment, while others will not feel lasting effects until a few treatments have been received. This relief may last for various periods of time. The better you are at reporting your results to your practitioner, the better we will be able to tailor your treatment plan.
What can I expect after treatment?
After a person receives acupuncture treatment, he or she will experience a sense of general well-being and relaxation. It is reported that an individual feels an improvement in sleep quality, digestion, and overall energy levels. Since acupuncture heals the body through natural techniques, side effects are very rare. Mild exacerbation of conditions may be felt after first treatment. Acupuncture is safe for persons of all ages including children and the elderly, although treatment for the elderly is usually done to reduce discomfort and manage a stable condition.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Visa, MC, AMEX.
We do not accept insurances. However, if your insurance company covers the treatments, we will provide you with the superbill to submit for your reimbursement.