Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

IS ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT SAFE?

Acupuncture is considered to be very safe. Our clinic uses only sterile, disposable stainless steel needles. Also, the practitioner will swab the acupuncture areas first with an antiseptic, so there is very little risk of infection. Normally, acupuncture needles are inserted just underneath the skin from one quarter of an inch to one inch, depending on the location of the acupuncture point on the body and the condition being treated.

When done by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is generally considered safe. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in light of the millions of people treated each year.


IS ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

During treatment, very thin, solid, hair-thin needles are inserted at specific points on the body. You may feel slight pain while the needles are inserted, but once they're in the skin, you shouldn't feel any discomfort. People often report that they feel some warmth, pressure, or dull aching and that the feeling is unfamiliar. However, most patients find the treatment very relaxing and experience a feeling of tranquility. Many patients report they do not feel the needle enter the skin at all.

There are some other acupuncture techniques and herbal medicine treatment plans if you are really afraid of needle insertion. Our practitioner can discuss these methods with you after an evaluation.


BEFORE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

The following list contains some suggestions to help you prepare for your acupuncture treatment:

  1. Avoid arriving while feeling hungry, too full or too tired.
  2. Do not drink alcohol, coffee or take pain-killers before you come.
  3. Do not brush or scrape your tongue coating when you brush your teeth before your appointment.
  4. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.


DURING ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

When our practitioner is ready to begin your treatment, she will swab the chosen points on your body with an antiseptic to cleanse the area, and will then gently insert needles in your skin.

The needles will stay in your body from 20 to 30 minutes. While the needles are in your skin, our practitioner may twirl, heat, or electrically stimulate them.

20 to 30 minutes later, our practitioner will remove all needles and you will take a 5 minute rest on the treatment table to regulate the flow of Qi and circulation, balancing general energy level to reinforce treatment result.

HOW MANY ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS DO YOU NEED?

Generally, most people have acupuncture once a week for about 12 weeks for the majority of chronic disorders. Some acute conditions may only require a single treatment and some degenerative conditions may require as many as 20 treatments.

The number of sessions can vary depending on the duration, severity, nature of the complaint and how their body responds to acupuncture. It can take up to six treatments before the patient notices a marked change in the way they feel. In the beginning, you may have to visit more often, and then, as your symptoms improve, you can begin spacing the visits further and further apart.