Acupuncture Clinic Frequently Asked Questions


Does acupuncture hurt?

Many people associate needles with intense pain and are not aware that acupuncture needles are extremely thin & flexible when inserted feels like a mild prick.

How does acupuncture work?

The ancient Chinese recognized a vital force, known as Chi (pronounced “chee”) which is the basis for all life. Chi flows along specific pathways in the body known as Meridians. When Chi becomes blocked, deficient, or stagnant, we experience the signs and symptoms of pain and illness. The acupuncturist learns precise points at which blockages may be relieved. The proper placement of needles enhances the flow of Chi which restores the body and mind to a more harmonious state. Each point has a designated effect on the energy passing through it. This system of medicine came from carefully recorded observations, passed from master to student, over thousands of years. Today, science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus offering a modern glimpse into an ancient medicinal art.

Can acupuncture help with pain relief? 

A typical acupuncture session will focus on acupoints that relate to where you are experiencing pain. Your acupuncturist will stimulate the pathways in those areas with acupuncture needles to help release endorphins and provide pain relief

What are the health benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture helps with pain relief for both acute and chronic pain, as well as gives most people a sense of calmness and overall good feeling. Acupuncture is known for lowering stress hormones and regulating moods to decrease anxiety for some patients.

What if you have a fear of needles?

Acupuncture needles are just a little thicker than a human hair. They are solid, not hollow like hypodermic needles and are made of the highest quality surgical steel. Needles are presterilized, individually packed, and disposable. They are used once, and then discarded. With proper technique, the needles cause little or no discomfort and are painless after placement. A feeling of tingling or heaviness may be felt as the needle contacts the Chi. People generally enjoy their acupuncture sessions and report feeling deeply relaxed during and after treatment.

Should I consult with my physician before getting acupuncture? 

Acupuncturists cooperate with physicians and do not make recommendations regarding medications. There are some conditions best treated by Western healthcare, and your acupuncturist may recommend that you visit a physician.

How often can you get acupuncture? 

You and your acupuncturist will have to discuss a treatment plan specific to your needs and symptoms. You will then know how many sessions to expect and plan accordingly. 

What can you expect at your acupuncture clinic appointment? 

Your visit will begin with a consultation with your acupuncturist. The main topic you will discuss will be, any symptoms are currently experiencing including pain, relevant medical history information, and also any medications you are taking. 

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