Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is safe performed by a well-trained professional. An acupuncturist can help determine if acupuncture is safe and beneficial for your circumstances. Certain pre-existing conditions such as pregnancy may alter treatment, but when done by a professional it is proven to be safe.
What Can Acupuncture Help With?
Acupuncture can help with a large range of ailments.
Including but are not limited to:
Low Back Pain
Headaches and Migraines
Allergic Rhinitis (Allergies)
Nausea and Vomiting
Are there ways to get an acupuncture treatment without needles?
Yes, often needles are often recommended in order to give the most effective treatment possible. For those who do not like needles we do have non-insertive techniques, such as Shakuju therapy. Shakuju uses a teishin (a metal rod) to touch the points needed without puncturing the skin. The non-insertive acupuncture techniques can be just as effective as the needling. Often the techniques without needles may be recommended to people who have a bleeding disorder, on certain blood thinners, or those who are afraid of needles.
Does Getting Needled Hurt?
Acupuncture uses very thin needles. Patients generally don't feel the needles or a slight discomfort. The needles are filiform, meaning they are solid and don't have a hollow space like needles used in doctors offices. An acupuncture needle is about the same thickness as a human hair. Each needle is for a single use and disposed of after use.
How many times do I have to come?
The number of treatments needed will vary depending on many factors. How long you have had the condition, severity of symptoms and age, are just a few of the factors that can impact treatments. Usually after 3 treatments you will be able to better predict the needed number of treatments.
What is Qi?
Qi is roughly translated as energy. It flows all over the body through a network of pathways known as meridians. In Chinese medicine the proper flow of qi is crucial to the health of an individual. If the qi is not flowing well that is when you see disease.
What are Meridians?
A meridian is a pathway through which the qi flows in the body. Meridians work like a network all over the body. There are 14 major meridians, each has their own associations and functions. A majority of acupuncture points fall along the meridians.
What should I wear/bring to a treatment?
For a first time visit please bring a completed Health History Form. It is best to wear loose fitting clothing to allow the best access to the acupuncture points.
What is the Difference Between Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture?
Both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture styles share the same underlying theory. Japanese acupuncture tends to use smaller needles with shallower insertions. Chinese acupuncture uses the tongue and pulses to help develop a diagnosis. Japanese acupuncture uses abdominal palpation and the pulses to help form their diagnosis. Both styles of acupuncture are highly effective and can benefit individuals differently.
Will I get anything for between appointments?
Often during a treatment you will be given something to do or take at home to enhance the effectiveness of treatment. What is given can range greatly. You may be given some herbs to take daily, an exercise to do, or some food suggestions based on TCM theory. All are there to help improve the time between treatments. The take-home portion will not include needles or other activities that require in depth training.