What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needle to insert at very precise points in the body. It is an ancient Chinese healing art that encourages the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning.
Is acupuncture safe?
When practiced properly, acupuncture is very safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires qualified practitioners to use sterile non-toxic needles.
what are the needles like?
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, sterile, individually packaged and disposable. The needles are disposed of according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Acupuncture needles are very different from the ones used in medical doctor's offices. The needles are hair-thin, flexible and even bendable. The needles used in medical doctors office, to take blood for example, are thick and hollow and not bendable, resulting in pain when inserted.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people do not experience pain with acupuncture treatments. Upon insertion, there is a slight prick feeling. However, after that, the patient then lays down to rest for 30-45 minutes. During this time, many patients experience deep relaxation and calmness.
Do i have to ''believe" in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to relax your nervous system and allow your body to release its own endorphins (your body's natural pain relieving/ feel good hormone). Whether you believe in Acupuncture or not, the process is working. There are physiological changes happening in your body that are out of your control.
can i catch a disease from the needle?
Very unlikely. The acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are disposable. I always use new needles for every patient and do not reuse needles. So the possibility of you catching a disease from the needles are minimal to none.
is acupuncture only useful for treating pain?
Acupuncture is popular for treating pain but it can do so much more. It is great for treating emotional conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Also very effective for digestion, insomnia, headaches, fatigue and much much more.
According to the World Health Organization, there are 47 specific disorders treatable by acupuncture. Some of the conditions include:
Do I have to do acupuncture everyday in order for it to work?
How many sessions you need and how often will depend on whether your condition. I may recommend some patients to come in twice per week. Others may only need to come in once per week. Every case is different. We will discuss fully in your initial consultation and workout a plan that works for the both of us.
Where can i learn more about acupuncture and chinese medicine?
The Web That Has no Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine
by Ted Kaptchuck
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
by Harriet Bienfeld and Efrem Korngold.