Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, it has been used for well over 3000 years to help millions of people to get and stay well and healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, nontoxic needles that are labeled for single use only.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
People are relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and completely unlike the needles they have experienced in the past. Gentle techniques are used to insert these tiny needles, and often the insertion is barley perceptible. Once the needle is inserted there may be a mild sensation of heaviness, achiness, or tingling in the area of insertion. These are all quite normal and suggest that the treatment is working.
What should I expect during a visit?
Visits generally last around 50 minutes. During the first visit, the acupuncturist will take time getting to know you and your health concerns. You will be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, sleeping, exercise, emotional states and anything that might offer insight into your health. The acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
Most people are pleasantly surprised by the experience of an acupuncture treatment. Treatment produces a deep level of relaxation in most people and many patients enjoy a restful nap while on the table. Afterwards, most report a feeling of calmness and an improved sense of well-being. Acupuncture treatment improves mood, increases energy, reduces stress levels, helps you sleep better and boosts the immune system.
How many treatments will I need?
You will receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain your underlying imbalances, timeline of care, and what types of treatment you will receive.
Acupuncture is a gentle mode of healing so a course of treatments is often recommended to get lasting results. Everyone responds differently to treatment and so it is often difficult to be specific about how many treatments are required. A good rule of thumb is that the more chronic a problem the longer the course of treatments, the more serious the condition the more frequent the course should be.
What is the patient’s role in the healing process?
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take.
Do I need to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?
No, In fact, many find it much easier, safer, and cost effective to maintain health than it is to recover it once it’s been lost. Because of acupuncture’s ability to strengthen and nourish proper functioning in the body, it can be an important addition to any health program. With regular treatment, patients typically report that, not only do their conditions improve, they just feel better overall. In particular, in addition to symptomatic relief, improvements can be expected in energy level, sleep patterns, body temperature regulation, mental attitude, and the ability to handle stress. Acupuncture is as much a system of prevention as cure and so wellness programs of monthly or seasonal treatments can be of great support for you in your busy life.