Q. Is Acupuncture safe?

When practiced by a trained, licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. We required to use pre-sterilized, pre-packaged, one-time-use needles which are safely disposed as medical waste after a single use. The Food and Drug Administation regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices. Licensed Acupuncturists practice Universal Precautions like all other medical providers and adhere to OSHA Safety Standards.

Q. What does Acupuncture feel like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor's office. They won't. Acupunctur uses hair-thin, flexible needles. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Q. What reaction may happen after Acupuncture treatment?

Patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the experience is particularly strong or the first time. Some people sometimes have a very short-tem flare-up of symptoms as part of the healing process. Each person is different and any of these things can occur. If you are concerned at all about how you are feeling, please call and get consultation in detail.

Q. How long are treatments?

The first appointment takes 60~90 minutes. Subsequent appointments last for 30~60 minutes.

Q. How many treatments will I need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few.  Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Q. What happens on my first visit?

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses and so on. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

At the beginning of the session, we will review your intake form and discuss your condition. At this time, I will be asking many questions to formulate a diagnosis and treatment strategy. I will also examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition and I will gently guide you through the process of needling. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.