Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-invasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s energy and promotes 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, painless 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.  Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle.  We will also check pulses and your tongue and we may conduct a physical exam.  This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where energy and blood flow has become blocked or imbalanced.  After the interview process, you will receive an acupuncture treatment.  Visits will last approximately 60 minutes.

Why do they want to feel my pulse?

There are specific pulse positions on each wrist that will be palpated.  Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ.  We will be looking for multiple individual qualities that reflect overall health.  If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body.  It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians.  We will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

How should I prepare?

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after
    your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dementia
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive issues
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional issues
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccups
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive issues
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • TMJ
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain