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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a comprehensive health care system which has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness for thousands of years. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific points on the body to promote natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What will my Acupuncturist do?
During the initial exam, a full health history will be taken. The acupuncturist will then feel your pulses at each wrist and observe the color and shape of your tongue. This information will provide a more complete picture regarding your health. After the interview, you will receive an acupuncture treatment. At subsequent visits, the acupuncturist will check on your progress and treat you accordingly.

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How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take weeks or months to achieve results. Acute conditions usually resolve more quickly than chronic conditions. Treatment frequency depends on your condition, the nature and severity of the problem, and a variety of other factors. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance, or seasonal tune-ups.

What should I expect during treatment?
Where the acupuncture needle is inserted, you may experience a sensation of warmth, heaviness, or dull ache. Some people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving in the area. After treatment, you may feel energized, or you may feel a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

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Do the needles hurt?
The sensation people experience varies. Some people feel a little pinch as the needles are inserted, which dissipates quickly, but most feel nothing at all. The needles are thin, a little larger than a human hair.

How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug-free therapy. Acupuncture needles are sterile single-use needles; they are used once, then discarded.

What can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in treating a wide variety of medical problems. Here is a list of some health concerns that have been effectively treated with acupuncture:

Addiction--alcohol, drug, smoking

Anxiety

Arthritis

Asthma

Bronchitis

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Chronic fatigue

Colitis

Common cold

Constipation

Dental pain

Depression

Diarrhea

Digestive trouble

Dizziness

Dysentery

Emotional problems

Eye problems

Facial palsy/tics

Fatigue

Fertility

Fibromyalgia

Gingivitis

Headache

Hiccough

Incontinence

Indigestion

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Low back pain

Menopause

Menstrual irregularities

Migraine

Morning sickness

Nausea

Osteoarthritis

Pain

PMS

Pneumonia

Reproductive problems

Rhinitis

Sciatica

Seasonal affective disorder

Shoulder pain

Sinusitis

Sleep disturbances

Sore throat

Stress

Tennis elbow

Tonsilitis

Tooth pain

Trigeminal neuralgia

Urinary tract infections

Vomiting

Wrist pain