Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that has been in practice for more than 2000 years. It is used for the promotion of health and well-being, prevention of illnesses and treatment of various medical conditions.
Acupuncture is used to normalize the functions of the body. Each treatment is individualized to the needs of your body to address the symptoms and the root cause of your concerns. It provides the support necessary for your body to use its innate healing mechanisms making it stronger from the inside out.
Acupuncture works by improving the body’s functions and promoting the natural self-healing process by stimulating acupuncture points. It leads to biological responses that can occur locally (at or close to the site of application) or distally.
Acupuncture is your drug-free way to optimize your health. Western drugs often lead to a medication tolerance as well as a number of lon-term and serious side effects.
However, this does not happen with acupuncture. Acupuncture helps with hundreds of illness that Western medicine treats with drugs.
1. Thorough history + intake
2. Acupuncture treatment
3. Additional modalities treatment: cupping, mona, e-stim, gush, targeted massage
4. Supplement/herb consultation
5. Lifestyle management plan
6. Treatment plan
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Acupuncture needles are disposed of after they are used. Licensed acupuncturists are required to be certified in Clean Needle Techniques and only use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles.
Every licensed, board certified acupuncturist is trained to prevent the transmission of diseases. Like in a hospital, acupuncturists use only disposable needles, which are used only once on patients and then
Fear of needles is often paired with fear of pain. A common question patients ask is, “Does acupuncture hurt?” Answer – Acupuncture should not hurt. There are some points that can be sensitive, but sensitivity doesn’t mean pain.
No. There are a number of modalities that may be used to treat your condition. Other modalities include cupping, tui na (targeted massage),electro-acupuncture, moxibustion and gua sha,
Cupping: A glass or plastic cup is suctioned onto the body to stimulate circulation and reduce pain.
Tui Na: Targeted method of Chinese massage to treat musculoskeletal and organ issues.
Electro-Acupuncture: Small electrical currents are used with acupuncture to increase speed of healing, decrease pain, and reduce inflammation and swelling.
Moxibustion: A Chinese herb called mugwort is heated to treat deep body conditions such as infertility, chronic pain, arthritis, and much more. This is referred to as Chinese heat therapy as the heat deeply penetrates into the body.
Gua Sha: This method involves gentle scraping of the skin using a smooth-edged instrument that is moved back and forth.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses herbal therapies for both, the treatment of illness and for the optimization of health and prevention of disease. These include plant, animal and mineral substances. Each herbal formula is prescribed based on your symptoms and body constitution. If taking Chinese herbal decoctions or herbal powders, these are blended and modified specifically for you.
Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. With suitable adjustments for dosage and with some provisos which will be determined by the practitioner, children and pregnant women can very well be treated by Chinese medicine.
You only have to believe it enough to try a few treatments to give yourself the chance to see positive changes.
Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy! It helps with pre-conception, carrying a healthy baby through the pregnancy as well as postpartum conditions such as depression and low milk production.
Since are some acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, it is crucial to inform the practitioner if you are pregnant.
Yes! The World Health Organization currently recognizes a very high number of medical conditions that wich can be treated with acupuncture. Also, the FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices.