Frequently Asked Questions

What Does Classical Acupuncture Treat?

What Can I Expect from an Acupuncture Treatment?

You will meet with your professional practitioner for an in-depth conversation about your signs and symptoms and your comprehensive health history. You may be asked some questions about your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Your practitioner will come up with a treatment plan and then will insert the acupuncture needles as you lie comfortably on a massage table where you will rest for 20-40 minutes.  There may be an occasional adjustment of needles. You may receive other treatments such as gua sha or moxibustion at the same time as acupuncture. Undressing is seldom necessary for acupuncture treatments but you should wear loose, comfortable clothes.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The acupuncture treatments themselves typically do not hurt. Occasionally, you will feel a pinching sensation as the needles are inserted. With the needles in place, you may feel pressure, tingling, or aching. This is the Qi in the body and is a desired response. It is not expected to be uncomfortable or painful. If you do experience any pain or discomfort, advise your practitioner immediately, as your needles may need to be adjusted.

The word disease is broken down to dis-ease. Classical acupuncture can treat a wide range of health needs that are related on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Disease results from the disruption of the flow of Qi and imbalance in the forces of Yin and Yang. Classical Chinese Acupuncture regulates and balances the flow to create harmony for mind, body, and spirit.

What are the needles like and are they sterile?

Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles that are FDA approved.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

This is determined on a case by case basis.  For acute conditions you will usually need to come in for a short duration of treatments.  For chronic, long-term issues it can take longer for the issue to improve greatly or resolve.  During your first treatment we will discuss a recommended treatment plan with you.

Why is diet so important in oriental medicine?

The essence of oriental nutrition is that every individual eat according to their constitution. Depending on the condition you may be considering treatment for, an acupuncturist will look at your diet as part of your treatment plan. A nutritional log  is a great way to determine if nutrition is contributing to your problem or more importantly if the acupuncturist can make subtle changes to your diet to aid in your healing.