What can I expect in a treatment?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and herbs; however, some conditions which have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Traditional Asian medicine is also an educational process in which the patient becomes more aware of his or her own body, thus increasing its ability to maintain well-being.
Although there are techniques in traditional Asian medicine for healing most conditions, there are medical circumstances which can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend that you contact a physician.
Is Acupuncture safe?
In the hands of a licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured. The needles are sterilized and disposable.
Is Acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from an injection is the larger diameter, hollow needle, and the medication being forced into the tissues by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients find the treatments relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatments. In some cases it is not necessary to use needles at all. Non- needle insertion treatments are an option and are especially helpful in treating children.