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Frequently Asked Questions

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

When performed by a skilled practitioner it should not hurt. One may have a brief sensation like a mosquito bite - a quick pinch and then it's gone. During the treatment, where needles are placed the area can feel warm or tingly which are indications of the presence of "Qi". A typical treatment will consist of 10-15 needles.

What conditions are treated with acupuncture?

Under the SERVICES tab is a partial list published by the World Health Organization and you can find more information by clicking the link. It is important to note that acupuncture does so much more than just relieve symptoms associated with a particular condition. It is also a common misconception that acupuncture only treats pain . Acupuncture treats the whole person - body, mind and spirit and one can see an acupuncturist for any condition for which they would consider seeing their doctor. Many people also receive acupuncture for wellness and disease prevention.

How many treatments will I need?

Every condition is approached differently, but I usually recommend clients have weekly sessions for 3 months and then we evaluate progress. Each session lasts for about an hour and the progress of each one builds upon the next so consistency is important to yield the greatest results.

I AM AFRAID OF NEEDLES. CAN I STILL BENEFIT

Absolutely. Acupuncture is just one branch of Chinese Medicine and in practice more than just needles are frequently used. Examples include cupping, moxabustion, the use of essential oils and other linaments, electro-stimulation, gua sha, herbal therapy and other non-needle therapies to promote healing. Non-needle techniques are also great for children!

What does it take to become a Licensed Acupuncturist?

Acupuncturists (L.A.c.) will graduate with a Master's degree in either Acupuncture (3 year study) or Oriental Medicine (4 year study) and one can enter a program following completion of 2 years of a regular college. So to receive a degree in Oriental Medicine will require 6 years of full time study during which not only is the history and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine learned including herbal therapy, but also that of Western Medicine through many courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology among others. In addition, 400 hours of providing direct care to others is required in order to graduate. After passing 3-4 board exams one can then apply to their State for licensure. Some professions allow for acupuncture "certification" including medical doctors and chiropractors. They are offered a short term course about needle placement, mostly for pain relief, but these professionals do not learn about the ancient art of Chinese Medicine, but call themselves "acupuncturists". The designation "L.Ac." will let you know a person is licensed versus certified.

Does acupuncture have side effects?

Yes. Better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, less stress and better digestion. How do those sound? I often illustrate this with the story of a woman who came to see me for fertility. She reported significant constipation and a bowel movement occurring about once a week and that had been her normal for years. She presented as being very tense and had a difficult time relaxing during the treatment. At the next session she reported having a bowel movement almost every day that week!

While acupuncture has very few risks and negative side effects, the most common occurrence can be a temporary small black and blue mark where the needle was. In my experience this happens rarely, but honest communication is essential for the most beneficial treatment. I will ask you what medications you take, whether or not you are pregnant or have a pacemaker among other things to ensure your safety and will educate you about all potential risks, no matter how rare.