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Frequently Asked Questions

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Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (a subtle energy connected to your life force)) through distinct channels that run throughout the body. Acupuncture balances the flow of Qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is lacking and draining it from areas where it is overabundant. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its component parts
The main TCM healing modalities are (1) acupuncture, (2) Chinese herbal medicine, (3) moxibustion and (4) tuina (Chinese massage). In acupuncture, sterile needles are lightly placed along the appropriate meridian points. Herbal medicines are taken internally or applied externally, depending on the herbal remedy and the nature of the condition. In moxibustion, heat is applied to the meridian points, using a variety of methods. In addition, we may also use tuina, a form of Chinese massage, which uses acupressure techniques. We may also counsel patients on diet and lifestyle, all according to the principles of TCM.
Acupuncture is most definitely safe, with none of the deleterious effects associated with many modern pharmaceuticals. We always use individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles, so there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.
An acupuncture needle is generally not much thicker than a hair, and insertion is almost painless, nothing like receiving an ordinary injection. In some cases, you will not even know the needles are in place! Sometimes, there may be a slight tingling, as you feel the Qi moving through the body’s channels. Acupuncture can be extremely relaxing, and many patients drift off to sleep during treatment.
That depends on the nature and severity of your problem. You may need only one treatment for an acute condition. Some chronic problems may require five to ten treatments. More serious degenerative conditions may require even more treatments over a longer period of time. The number of treatments may be reduced through dietary modification, exercise, relaxation techniques, self-massage, and/or herbal medicines, all of which increase the efficacy of acupuncture.
After diagnosis, we will explain the nature of your problem in TCM terms and the nature of the proposed treatment regime. We will tell you what benefits and risks there are to the proposed treatment and what other treatment options are available to you.
Acupuncture is a simple non-invasive procedure, but you can maximize benefits from your treatment by:
  • Wearing loose clothing. Women should avoid one-piece dressesand tight stockings
  • By not coming for a session when you are tired, hungry, overly stresses, or if you have just had sex
  • Just relax. Your practitioner can answer any of concerns.
  • Avoid unnecessary movement during the treatment.
Many patients experience amazing results in the first treatment, including an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may be permanent, or some discomfort may return after a while. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief, but the pain can still diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.
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