What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. We use a non-invasive medical system to diagnose.
Our physicians will place fine, sterile, single-use needles at specific acupoints of the body. This activates the body’s Qi (life energy) and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being . It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
How should I prepare?
Come with any questions you have—we’re here to help you.
-Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
-Eat a snack before your treatment, but don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit.
-Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax and get plenty of rest.
-Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.
Do the needles hurt?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all.
The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.
How deep do they go?
The depth of the insertion varies. For example, your acupuncturist will use a needling technique that is different in fleshier areas, such as your buttocks.
Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except for feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
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. This is called acupressure or Tui Na.
What type of schooling do acupuncturists get?
Acupuncturists must receive a Master of Oriental Medicine, before they can even sit for the national board exams. There are very strict guidelines set to make sure that acupuncturists are trained properly.