Acupuncture is a technique in which needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points along energetic meridians on the body. It has been practiced for over 2000 years and treats chronic and acute disease. Acupuncture treatments resolve symptoms by affecting the body’s internal organs, the immune and hormonal systems. Even while treating pain and stress, acupuncture acts at a deep physiological level to achieve its benefits.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Our patients typically experience a mild sensation with the insertion of the fine gauge needles. They feel warming, mild tingling, or pressure, but rarely do they feel pain, and any sensations are usually brief and easily tolerable. Most patients look forward to the experience of each treatment. Our patients find it very relaxing and sometimes fall asleep.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. All needles used in acupuncture treatments are sterile and used only once, then disposed to eliminate risk of infection. It’s very important to find a licensed practitioner that you feel comfortable with.
What should I expect during my first visit?
This includes a comprehensive evaluation and consultation pertaining to your primary complaint, additional symptoms and health issues. It lasts for an hour and depending on the complexity of your situation, it may or may not include acupuncture. That day, typically herbs are prescribed at the first visit. The session also includes a physical exam including pulse and tongue diagnosis and where appropriate, an evaluation of body mechanics, spinal alignment, musculoskeletal issues, meridian and abdominal palpation. After your diagnosis and a treatment plan are discussed, we will perform an acupuncture treatment which may include acupressure and other body work techniques. Certainly this first visit will include an acupuncture treatment if you suffer from acute or severe pain.