Are you interested in acupuncture but want to learn more about it before you try it?
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about this popular healing technique. Click on a question below for an answer to a specific question, or scroll down to view the complete list of questions and answers.
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not painful like injection or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.
People experience acupuncture needles differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.
It is quite common with the first couple of treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
Occasionally the original symptoms being treated worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that healing is occurring.
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for health maintenance, four sessions a year may be all that is necessary.
No. Acupuncture is used successfully to treat animals that cannot understand the process or “believe” that it will make them better. A positive attitude towards wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude will not block the treatment results.
In general, there are two groups of acupuncture providers. We have superb practitioners from both traditions. Licensed acupuncturist refers to providers who have had extensive training in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and have passed a national certification exam or graduated from an accredited training program.
Medical acupuncturist refers to physicians (MD or DO) who provide acupuncture in addition to their regular services.
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