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Frequent Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Thin needles are used to regulate our energy flow, internal organ functions, and energy pathways called “meridian”. 

How does acupuncture work? 

Acupuncture improves the body's functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin.

How does acupuncture relieve pain?

Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific "acupoints." This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.

Why should i try acupuncture?

Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. This means your acupuncturist will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. You will work together to find out how factors like your lifstyle and emotional and mental well-being may be affecting your health. 

Is acupuncture painful?

While the experience will be different for everyone, acupuncture usually doesn't cause discomfort or pain, Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you're likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working and the acupuncture point is being activated.


What should you not do before acupuncture?

It is best not to receive acupuncture on an empty stomach. However, do not eat a heavy meal before or after the session. Also, refrain from using caffeine or alcohol for several hours before and after the treatment.

How long is my treatment? 

Initial visits generally last about 60 - 90 minutes.

Follow up treatments take 45-60 minutes. 


what is going to happen on my first treatment?

We will take a detailed health history, perform a quick physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan. 


During your first consultation and treatment, we will spend time to get to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleeping habits, emotional states an anything that may offer insight into your health. We will also use diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis. 

What are benefits of Acupuncture?

1. Improve Qi and blood flow; reduce inflammation

2. Promote endorphin release to relieve pain; Improve ROM

3. Harmonize yin and yang, thus enhancing the immune system & restoring function of self healing.

4. Improve metabolism and balance endocrine system

5. Activate parasympathetic nerve system to relax and rejuvenate

Is acupuncture safe?

In the hands of an East Asian Medicine Practitioner, formerly known as a Licensed Acupuncturist, your safety is assured. The needles used are sterilized, and disposable, just for one time use.

How often should you get acupuncture?

A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. Most people experience some degree of immediate relief from acupuncture treatment. Please consult with your Practitioner to determine the frequency of treatments you should receive.


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