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COMMON QUESTIONS

 

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific energy, or qi, points selected to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.

These points are located along meridians that relate to the body areas and the organs.

Acupuncture Theory

 

 

How does acupuncture work?  

 

 

Does it hurt?  

If the acupuncturist has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electrical sensation either around the needle or traveling up and down the affected meridian. Although the Chinese consider acupuncture painless, some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as pain. In any case, if the patient experiences any discomfort it is usually mild. Acupuncture maybe slightly painful, but it doesn't hurt you.

 

 

How deep do needles go?

That may depend upon:

 

 

Are needles clean?  

Best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

 

 

What conditions are treatable with acupuncture?

Emotional:

Neurological:

Respiratory/Circulatory:

Digestive:

Urogenital:

Musculoskeletal:

Dermatological:

Obstetric and Gynecological:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Diseases:

 

 

How many treatments will I need?

That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of the complaint.

 

 

Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?

Yes, for maximum treatment benefit:

 

 

Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?

Yes, for maximum treatment benefit:

 

 

What can I expect after treatment?  

 

 

 

Treatment Benefits