FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?
It is not recommended to get a treatment with an empty stomach. Plan to eat within 2 to 3 hours of getting a treatment or eat a light snack just before coming in. Wear loose fitting clothes that are comfortable and unrestricted. If possible, wear clothes that are easy to roll up above the elbows and knees. Do not brush or scrape your tongue the night before or day of the treatment. It is important for your practitioner to be able to examine and see your tongue coating for better diagnosis and treatment purposes. If you are taking any medications for health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy or have allergic reactions, please bring the names and dosages of the prescriptions in with you. It is not necessary to bring in your prescription bottles.
What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
The first treatment will last for about 90 minutes and the practitioner will conduct a comprehensive medical interview and physical examination that will include palpating the arms, legs, and abdomen. The practitioner will feel your pulses and ask to look at your tongue for diagnostic purposes. After the assessment, the practitioner will select acupuncture points that will work to balance your specific condition and constitution. The number of acupuncture points will depend on the diagnosis and your health needs. It can vary anywhere from 2 to 20 points. The acupuncture needles will be retained for a short period of time, typically 15 to 30 minutes.
After the treatment, the practitioner will work with you to create a wellness plan that may include an herbal prescription for continued treatment at home. The wellness plan is a guide for your health progress concerning your unique spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.
Return visits will last for about 60 minutes and will include a follow-up interview and physical examination. The treatment will be similar with minor adjustments of acupuncture points and herbal prescription to assure they match your current symptoms. Your progress will be monitored and the wellness plan will be updated at each visit.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on each person’s presentation. Generally, chronic conditions will require more treatments initially for better results. It is recommended to have 6 to 8 initial treatments. For acute conditions, these typically resolve faster and require 1 to 4 initial treatments. It is advised to commit to 4 to 6 weekly treatments to address your immediate health concerns and reboot your system and immunity. It is common that once we start a series of treatments, your symptoms will change and the treatment plan must be modified to address your current health standing. Your treatment progress will be re-evaluated at each visit during your wellness planning and the number of treatments will be accommodated to your needs. Most patients will eventually move their treatments out to once every 4 to 6 weeks for maintenance.
What does acupuncture treat?
The National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as effective for treating the following conditions:
Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat Disorders: Sinusitis • Sore throat• Hay fever • Earache • Nerve deafness• Ringing in the ears • Dizziness • Poor eyesight
Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure • Angina pectoris • Arteriosclerosis • Anemia
Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome • Spastic colon • Colitis • Constipation • Diarrhea • Food Allergies • Ulcers • Gastritis • Abdominal bloating • Hemorrhoids
Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation • Endometriosis • Menopause • Fibroids • Chronic bladder infection • Complications in pregnancy • Morning sickness • Kidney stones • Impotence • Infertility in men and women • Sexual dysfunction
Immune Disorders: Candida • Chronic fatigue • HIV and AIDS • Epstein Barr virus • Allergies • Lupus • MS • Hepatitis
Addiction: Smoking Cessation • Drugs • Alcohol
Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety • Insomnia • Depression • Stress
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis • Neuralgia • Sciatica • Back pain • Bursitis • Tendonitis • Stiff neck • Bell’s palsy • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Headaches and Migraines • Stroke • Cerebral palsy • Polio • Sprains • Muscle spasms • Shingles
Respiratory Disorders: Asthma • Emphysema • Bronchitis • Colds and flu
Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy and radiation side effects • Diabetes • Dermatological disorders • Weight control
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe in the hands of a trained and licensed professional. Each needle is individually packaged, sterile, and disposable after one-time use. Acupuncture is also safe and can be exceptionally helpful during pregnancy. It can help reduce morning sickness and digestive complaints, ease body aches and pain, prevent mastitis (infection of breast tissue), and manage insomnia as well as assist the healing process of postpartum recovery.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture sensation is a unique experience for each person. Some people feel a quick pinch when the needle is inserted and others do not feel anything. After the needle is inserted, many people report feelings of heaviness, tingling, dull achiness, or warmth. You may feel relaxed and it is very common to fall asleep during treatments. Acupuncture is not painful. Keeping open communication with your practitioner is very important and together you will create a comfortable experience and increase the effectiveness of your treatment
What is your cancellation policy?
Your appointment time is reserved just for you. A late cancellation or missed visit leaves a hole in the practitioner’s day that could have been filled by another patient. As such, we require 24 hours notice for any cancellations or changes to your appointment. Patients who provide less than 24 hours notice, or miss their appointment, will be charged a cancellation fee of $50.