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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture a part of Oriental medicine?

Yes. Oriental Medicine as it exists today draws on knowledge gleaned from over two thousand years of practice and scholarship. Modern day research being done in China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States also has enhanced the current practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture and herbal therapy along with diet and exercise are important components of Oriental Medicine that may be used to treat the symptoms as well as the root of an illness, or to help prevent development of disease.

The theory is based on a system of meridians, or pathways through which vital energy or Qi (pronounced chee) flows. Because disease can occur when there are interruptions or imbalances in this flow, the placement of acupuncture needles along these meridians can influence and correct the movement of the energy.

To find the underlying imbalance of a disease, a practitioner will take a medical history and ask a series of questions about the symptoms. Then by palpating the pulse, and examining the tongue, or palpating the abdomen, the practitioner will come to a diagnosis from the perspective of Oriental Medicine.

Are There Different Styles of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has developed in diverse ways as it has traveled throughout the world. Styles may differ in their methods of diagnosis, the area of the body needled, the depth of insertion, and the length of time the needles are retained. Adjunctive treatments such as moxa, an herbal heat treatment, and electro-acupuncture may also be used differently, depending on the style.

We practice Chinese style primarily, with some Japanese style influence.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Only sterile disposable needles are used. Overall, it is a very safe method of treatment if performed by a qualified professional.

Is It Painful?

Most people do not find the insertion of the hair fine needles painful. The slight sensation upon insertion can be likened to a pinch or a mosquito bite. Once the needles are in there may be a tingling, numbness, or heaviness in the area; these are all signs that the needles are starting to do their work.

What Can I Expect?

A typical treatment consists of a brief intake then insertion of eight or fewer needles, depending on the condition. These are retained for approximately forty minutes. Usually you will be lying on a comfortable padded table that allows you easily to relax. Often patients will fall into a light sleep during the session.

The needles may be placed on the extremities, head, back, or abdomen according to the problem addressed.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Although some people respond well to only one treatment, a minimum of five is recommended. In general, the longer you have had a condition, the longer it will take to show substantial, lasting results.

Informational Consultations

Fifteen-minute informational consultations are available, free of charge, to determine if acupuncture might be an appropriate treatment for your condition. These are available by appointment only please.

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