Acupuncture FAQ

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that was developed in China over 3000 years ago. It utilizes very small acupuncture needles along with moxibustion, an herb that gently warms the skin.

How does it work?

In the body there is a system of meridians where energy called Qi flows. Sometimes this energy can get stuck, become weak, or even run the wrong way. When this happens we become sick. At specific points this energy becomes accessible on the surface of the skin. By stimulating these points with moxibustion and acupuncture needles, it regulates any disturbances in this system. With the Qi now regulated, the body is given the ability to heal itself.

Can acupuncture help me with (fill in the blank)?

Chances are very likely, Yes!
Because acupuncture gives the body the ability to heal itself, it is limitless what acupuncture can improve.
According to the World Health Organization, scientific research has determined that acupuncture can:

  • Induce analgesia
  • Protect the body from infection
  • Regulate various physiological functions

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes many conditions for which acupuncture improves. Here are a few:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
    Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
    Dysentery, acute bacillary Dysmenorrhoea, primary Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder Postoperative pain Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

An article from WHO: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. You are more likely to feel a “Qi sensation” than pain. A Qi sensation is a rush of sensation localized at the point that spreads through the meridian.

What’s with all the questions?

There is a lot of time spent talking about the health of your mind, body, and spirit during the initial appointment. There are many types of acupuncture. In most of the contemporary types of acupuncture, 10 questions about your health are always addressed. This helps get down to the root of the condition. I utilize these questions, however, I am also extensively trained in a type of acupuncture called, Five Element Acupuncture. With this tradition, I ask even more questions. This allows me to get to the root of the person. It is a very deep level of healing.

Why do you feel my pulse so much?

The pulse tells me a lot about the health of your meridians. There is a pulse for each of your 12 meridians. By taking time to feel each one, I can see which meridians are in need of some care.

Why did you look at my tongue?

The tongue is an excellent window to what is happening deep inside your body. It is a great way for me to see what is going on with the health of your organs and how treatment is progressing.

How long do appointments last?

The initial appointment generally takes around 2 hours. Follow up appointments take between 45 minutes to an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture works best through courses of treatment. A usual course of treatment is 6-8 visits that are 1-2 weeks apart. After the initial course of treatment, the visits are tapered down. Most individuals can taper down to visiting once a season, but many decide to come in at least once or twice a month because of the way acupuncture makes them feel.