How does it work?
Every diagnosis is based on a patient’s overall health and lifestyle. Each treatment is uniquely designed to address each patient’s needs. Symptoms are understood holistically in relationship to a person’s whole body, in order to understand where underlying causes of pain or illness might be. Acupuncture aims to cure these underlying causes by promoting the circulation of Qi, or patterns of bodily energy flow that naturally heal your body. This is achieved by inserting hair-thin acupuncture needles at particular acupuncture points. The stimulation of acupuncture points is also believed to prompt the brain and spinal cord to release healing chemicals and promote general well-being.
When should I see an acupuncturist?
Almost anytime you have a health concern! Patients most often come for chronic pain, acute pain, sleeping issues, nerve problems, emotional and psychological issues, and gastrointestinal problems. However, acupuncture can improve an extremely large range of problems that involve all parts of the body. Many patients come when they are at a frustrating point with Western medicine. A consultation with our knowledgeable acupuncturist will surely point you in the right direction for your health.
Does it hurt?
Patients’ experiences range from nothing at all to a brief ache or “heaviness.” Some areas are more sensitive than others, but the common consensus is that the sensations are fleeting. Often times, new patients comment that acupuncture is surprisingly relaxing.
Is it widely recognized?
Because acupuncture treatments are effective, non-invasive, and have a relatively low cost, acupuncture gained popularity in the U.S. in the 70’s. The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses acupuncture for over 50 conditions involving the psychological, neurological, gastrointestinal, musculo-skeletal, gynecological, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. Conditions of the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, as well as many other conditions like drug withdrawal, can also be improved through acupuncture.
Are the needles safe? Is there anything on them?
The needles are safe. They are extremely thin (as thin as about two strands of hair) and only sterile disposable needles are used. Needles are used once, and then disposed of immediately. They are made of stainless steel and have no coating on them.
How long is a typical treatment?
Treatment usually lasts about 30-45 minutes. The initial consultation and treatment can take around an hour to an hour and a half.