Acupuncture Question & Answers
What happens during an acupuncture treatment ?
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding sysmptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehansive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acuouncture treatmant. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, peaple report that they feel very relaxed.
How many treatments will I need ?
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. Foracute problems, usually fer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture ?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully teats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxieth, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
How safe is acupuncture ?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because theyare sterile, used once and then discarded.
Does It hurt ?
Acupuncture needles are solid and very very fine
(Approx .2 of a mm) and thus feel nothing like a doctors hollow injection needle. You will usually not feel the needle go in at all. What you will feel is a mild dull sensation as the needle touches the energy of the point.
Are the needles sterile ?
Yes. Since the early 1990s very good quality disposable needles have become very affordable. All acupuncturists will use brand new needles opened from individual sterile packages every treatment.