Common Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncuture is a catalyste for healing the body, and a part of system of Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been in particular for over 2000 years.

Acupuncture practitioners insert extremely fine, disposable needles with rounded tips just below the surfsce of skin. This stimulates qi, the body's cycle energy flow (pronounced"chee" or "chi"). By balancing and redricting qi, an acupuncture practitioner encourages the body functions.

How does acupuncture work?

Qi flows through the body along channels known as meridians. The body contains nearly 500 different acupuncture points located along these meridians. Modern science has actually shown that the body give off slight electical charges at these points. An imbalance or blockage in the flow of qi at these points can cause many ailments. Imbalances in qi flow can be caused by stress, anxiety, anger, fear, poor nutrition,and even changes in the weather. Acupuncturists concentrate on stimulating the body's energy flow by unblocking these meridians. By restoring qi balance and flow, acupuncture allows the body to heal itself naturelly.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions (link here) Acupuncture can also affect blood pressure, circulation, the heart's rythem and stroke volume. It can regulate the secretion of gastric acid and hormones and stimulation the production of red and white blood cells.

Acupuncture has even been known to lower closesterol. Through stimulate of qi, acupuncture practitioners can restore balance to the body's internal energy system, promoting energy, good health and healing.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most patients find acupuncture painless and smoothing. Some even fall asleep during treatment! It's natural for people who have grown up getting vaccinated to associated the extremely thin acupuncture needles with vaccination needles, which are much larger.

Patients should rest assured that we strive to minimize any discomfort.

How long will the needles be in the place?

The first part of any appointment is based on conversation, as your practitioner listens to the patient describe the symptoms they have been experiencing. They then ask about the patient's medical history in order to get a feel for his or her overall health. The practitioner will also take the patient's pulse in three different places on each wrist in order to determine how well certain orgens are functioning, as well as examine the patient's tounge. The tongue's color and coating can reveal a lot about a person's overall health.

After the consultation, the practitioner clean the skin and insert tiny disposable needles into certain acupuncture points on the body, depending on the patient's condition. After 20-30 minutes the needles are removed. Most patients find the process very relexing, and many fall asleep during treatment.

If necessary, an herbal formula may be prescribed to treat your condition. Herbal formulas come in two forms, patient medicines, which are capsules or pills, and raw herbal formulas which are cooked into a tea and taken internally.

How many treatments does it take?

Depending on the condition being treated, acupuncture treatments can last from one week to several months, or longer. Typically, acupuncture patients being by receiving tratments twice a week at the clinic. As a patient's condition improves, treatments become less frequent until the patient is cured of their illness. While some illnesses remain incurable, acupuncture can go a long way toward alleviating discomfort. Some patients come in for a "tune up" a few times every year in order to maintain an optimum level of health and keep illnesses at bay.