What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the principle that the body's life force, or Qi, circulates through pathways of energy all over the body. If the flow of energy gets blocked, the imbalance can cause pain, inflammation, decreased digestive and detox function, and other issues that can lead to disease and illness. The goal of acupuncture is to promote healthy Qi flow in the body, which improves all the organ and metabolic functions and promotes the natural self-healing process.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe and natural therapy with low risk of side effects. The needles are pre-sterilized, single-use disposable needles made of surgical-grade stainless steel.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The needles are very fine — much smaller than an injection needle. Patients new to acupuncture are often surprised when they don't feel the needle insertion. You may feel a dull ache or pressure sensation as I stimulate the needle, but if anything is uncomfortable, I simply stop. I always tailor the treatment to the patient's comfort level.
What Should I Expect During An Acupuncture Session?
For your initial consultation and treatment, plan on 90 minutes. Follow-up visits are 45-60 minutes. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and be prepared to relax, silence your phone and breathe deeply.
How Often Should I Get Acupuncture?
This depends on the conditions being treated and a patient's personal health goals. Acute pain conditions are best treated frequently: twice per week until the pain is gone or consistently decreased. For chronic conditions, stress and hormonal issues, regular visits of one or two times a month may be recommended. For many of my patients, acupuncture is a regular part of their self care plan for health and longevity.