Frequently Asked Questions
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a Chinese holistic treatment that has been used for thousands of years, and in the hands of a licensed practitioner it is a very safe, pain-free, and effective treatment for many acute and chronic conditions. Today, acupuncture is being used regularly, in hospitals and medical clinics throughout the United States.
Are the needles safe?
Completely. The FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices. They are made of stainless steel, are pre-sterilized, and disposed of after each session.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture treatments are not painful at all. Acupuncture is performed with hair-thin needles that do not resemble the pain felt from a hypodermic needle. Patients often fall asleep and are in deep relaxation on the table.
Are there any side effects?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that it is very safe and there are no side effects to regular treatments.
How does Acupuncture work?
In acupuncture, disposable, stainless steel needles are used to stimulate the body’s 14 major meridians, or energy-carrying channels, to resist or overcome illnesses by correcting these imbalances.
Where do the needles go?
Needles are placed at specific acupuncture points on the body that coincide with the particular condition and ailments of the patient. They can be commonly placed around the elbows and knees, or on the back, legs, abdomen and even the ears.
What should I expect for my first treatment?
During the first treatment the practitioner will take a complete health history and ask you questions about lifestyle, and practices, as well as establish a full evaluation of the condition you are seeking to treat. The practitioner will feel your pulse, look at your tongue and may palpate specific meridians to look for tender areas. The initial treatment may last between 60 and 90 minutes, and all subsequent treatments are 45 to 60 minutes long.
Can I receive acupuncture when I am pregnant?
It is important to inform the practitioner if you are pregnant, however acupuncture is completely safe, and especially helpful, during pregnancy. It can help relieve many pregnancy and postpartum conditions, especially through your first trimester to assist embryo development, prevent miscarriage, and ease other ailments.
How can I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
We recommend wearing loose clothing, if possible, so that your arms and legs are accessible for treatment. Drink a glass of water after the treatment, to help stabilize your energy.
Do Western medical doctors approve of acupuncture?
Absolutely. Acupuncture treatments are even covered by many insurance companies. The World Health Organization currently recognizes more than 40 medical problems which can be helped by acupuncture treatment, the FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices, and we work closely with the fertility clinics and many ob/gyn doctors to help provide you the highest level of care.
Is Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine safe to take if I’m on prescription medication?
Absolutely. The acupuncturist will take current medications into consideration, when creating a balanced treatment plan. Please consult your Primary Care Physician if you have any questions regarding your holistic treatments.