Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
It is not recommended to receive treatment if you are very hungry and/or extremely tired. Therefore, patients should have a small meal or snack before the appointment and wear comfortable clothing. Please inform the practitioner if you are pregnant or have a pacemaker so appropriate acupuncture points can be selected. In addition, please have list of any medications you are taking.
Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and are not painful like hypodermic needles. There can be a sensation of warmth or heaviness at the insertion point but most patients find that there is no discomfort. The needles are retained for 20 minutes to an hour.
How many treatments will I need?
It is important to understand that Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Important factors include the duration and severity of your health condition as well as consistency of treatment. Two to three treatments may be sufficient to treat an acute condition and a series of 8-15 may be needed to resolve a more chronic condition. Multiple treatments during the course of a week may be suggested. Treatment reslults are also influenced by your behavior and lifestyle adjustments outside of the treatment room. You've gotta do the homework!
How are the acupuncture points chosen?
Each point has a specific function and indication. Based on your health history and present symptoms combined with your Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, the appropriate acupuncture points are chosen. The points may be distributed over the entire body.
What will I feel after the treatment?
This will vary for each patient. Most people feel very relaxed and sometimes euphoric. It is advised to refrain from vigorous activities for 2 hours after your treatment.
What if I am sick?
Acupuncture is recommended if you are sick or coming down with something, even if you are feeling contagious. For any acute problems, whether respiratory, dermatological or gynecological, do not wait until your next scheduled appointment. Contact me directly to determine if a treatment would be appropriate or if there are things you can do at home to improve your condition.