Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has been used to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. It originated in China and has been practiced for thousands of years. An acupuncturist places fine, sterile needles at specific points on the body. This activates the body's Qi (vital energy) and promotes natural healing. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Sessions involve techniques including acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, and/or ear seeds. It is a great way to restore and keep your health in good condition.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is recognized to treat a large range of conditions including pain, digestive issues, mental disorders, fertility, respiratory health, low energy, stress and even the common cold. Feel free to contact us if you are wondering if acupuncture is right for you!
What will my acupuncturist do?
During the initial exam, a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will also check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete and comprehensive diagnosis. After the interview, your acupuncturist will give you a treatment.
Do the needles hurt?
Some people feel a little prick upon insertion but most people feel no pain at all! Once the needles are in, many tend to feel a sensation of deep relaxation and some even fall asleep. Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may feel a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat's whisker or a human hair.
Is there any bleeding?
Because of how thin the needles are, it is rare for there to be bleeding. At times, it is possible that due to the placement of the needle it may penetrate some tissue and produce a drop of blood, depending on the insertion and body type.
How should I prepare?
It's important to avoid overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol right after treatment. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. It's also a good idea to have something in your stomach when you come in but try to avoid eating large meals just before your visit. Between visits, take note of any changes that may have occurred such as alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of condition.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes! In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments vary from person to person. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. We usually recommend 5-6 treatments for acute conditions and 9-10 treatments for chronic conditions.
Why did my acupuncturist recommend herbs?
Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care and is commonly used to continue healing between sessions. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever, or acute pain. Herbal formulas are prescribed based on individual needs. Teas are mixed for each person individually but also take the form of pills, tinctures, and plasters.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a technique that uses cups with suction that are placed on parts of the body, mainly the back to help promotes blood flow and bring toxins to the surface. Cups may leave circular marks on the surface of the skin that disappear after a few days. The darker the mark, the more stagnation of blood and qi there is in the body.