Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body to balance flow of Qi (energy). It is part of a complete medical system and integrated approach to health maintenance and treatment of ailments. According to the US National Institutes of Health survey, over two million adults had received an acupuncture treatment within the year.
Qi (pronounced "chee") is the internal energy that circulates throughout the body along central pathways known as ‘meridians’. The obstruction or deficiency of Qi will eventually lead to pain and illness. Acupuncture stimulates the points along the meridians to adjust and balance the flow of Qi and restore health.
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are hair-thin and permit nearly a painless insertion. Some patients may feel sensations such as heat, pressure or tingling sensation where the needles are inserted, but the primary feeling is a sense of relaxation during and after the treatment.
Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a trained acupuncturist using sterile, disposable needles
Side effects are very rare in acupuncture. On occasion, there may be a drop of blood when the needles are removed.
The depth of the needles depends on the nature of the problem and the location of the points. Usually, needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch in depth.
Acupuncture can be used along side conventional western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that you inform your acupuncturist of all other treatments.
No. You should continue to follow your current physician's instructions. Please remember that acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician's treatments, not to replace them. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist.
Because each person is unique and types of conditions differ, the number of treatments varies. Generally, chronic conditions require one or two treatments per week for several months. Those with acute illnesses can expect a change within few visits. You should discuss with your acupuncturist how many treatments are needed to maximize results.
  • You will first fill out a Patient intake form and short questionnaires (can be faxed in advance)
  • One of our doctors will then conduct a tongue and pulse diagnosis with an extensive evaluation of past and current health history.
  • Once the proper treatment protocol is determined, your personalized treatment will begin.
  • Plan on being at our office 1 ½ hours for an initial visit. subsequent visit to 45-60 minutes.
Before you come to the clinic, make sure you have a light meal with enough water. Also wear comfortable clothing.
Many companies currently cover acupuncture and some manual therapy.

Please contact us with your insurance information and we will gladly check the benefits for you.
Acupuncture can be beneficial to many types of ailments - musculoskeletal, digestive, gynecological, emotional, neurological and respiratory. For more information on clinical trials for various type of ailments and the effects of acupuncture, please download the PDF file from WHO (World Health Organization) A:RARCCT


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