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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

 

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

Acupuncture helps balance the body by treating blockages, deficiencies or excesses. These disharmonies interfere with the healthy smooth function of the body and can result in acute or chronic medical conditions or simply feeling unwell. People seek out acupuncture in the treatment of a variety of conditions including pain, digestive disorders, stress/anxiety, or women’s issues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of many common problems such as depression, headache, temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, stroke, and much more. top

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Just as it is difficult for a doctor to explain to their patients the mechanism of how many medications work, it is hard to describe acupuncture.

From a modern science perspective, it has been shown that acupuncture causes the body to release endorphins which are natural pain killers and sedatives. This may explain in part why acupuncture is so often effective in treating pain and anxiety, however, it is not a complete explanation as it does not explain why acupuncture is effective in treating non pain conditions such as stroke recovery, depression, and allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), etc.

From an Oriental Medicine perspective, there are meridians which are like pathways of the body where energetic substances flow. Blockages in these pathways cause pain or imbalance/disharmony and can lead to illness. Acupuncture can help unblock or redirect these energetic substances to help stop pain or bring the body back into balance. top

WILL IT HURT?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles which are approximately the same diameter as a human hair. These bear no resemblance to the thick and hollow needles doctors use for injections. Most treatments performed by a skilled acupuncturist do not cause discomfort. Often people fall asleep during a treatment and wake feeling relaxed and refreshed.top

IS IT SAFE?

Only sterile single-use disposable needles are used. Side effects are not common with acupuncture. Usually they include minor bruising, muscle soreness or an overall feeling of deep relaxation, which may include light-headedness. top

DO I NEED TO PREPARE IN ANY WAY FOR MY TREATMENTS?

Be sure you have eaten, as it is important that you are not hungry during your treatment and avoid heavy exercise the day of your treatment. Maintain good hygiene before and after the treatment. If you like you can wear or bring loose fitting comfortable clothing.

If you have questions, feel free to bring them along to you session.

For your convenience you may download the Health History Intake Form to complete and bring along to your first appointment. top

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This is very individualized. Some acute conditions may require as few as one to three treatments. Generally the longer you have had the condition the more treatments you may need. The treatment effects of acupuncture can be cumulative and generally you should see improvement in one to three treatments depending on severity, complexity and duration of the condition. top

WHAT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have further questions or wonder if acupuncture is right for you, email or call to schedule a free 15 minute consultation. top