Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing in the world. The fact that acupuncture continues to be practiced today is strong proof of the power of this form of medicine. Acupuncture is the use of ultra-fine (as thin as one strand of hair) disposable needles, which are inserted into specific at specific points on the body to redirect the flow of energy within the body. There are over 350 points on the body. Each has its own specific function. Ultimately, acupuncture decreases the body's stress levels and inflammatory response, allowing the body to operate in a more healthy state. A typical session can last from fifteen to forty minutes and sometimes longer depending on the desired outcome. After a treatment, most patients feel relaxed and rejuvenated with partial or total relief of symptoms treated.

Does acupuncture hurt?

While the thought of acupuncture may seem scary, most admit after the initial treatment that acupuncture is painless. When inserting the needle there will be a signal to the body through sensation that something has happened, this feeling may appear as a dull ache, heavy sensation, or tingle. Due to the minute size of the hair thin acupuncture needles, and experienced technique of the practitioner, most points you will not realize go in.  Acupuncture is commonly used with infants, children and animals because of its painless nature.

Why does cupping leave marks on the skin?

In Chinese Medicine pain is often the result of stagnation or poor circulation that occurs from an injury or environmental factors such as being out in the cold snow often. Cupping is a suction technique used to lift and stretch the fascia. When there is stagnation in an area due to injury, blood will be pooled in the fascias, dispersing this with cupping may cause red or purple coloring come to the surface. From an acupuncturist's point of view, this is a good thing as it is promoting the circulation of blood flow to heal that injury. Cupping is used in Chinese Medicine for much more than injuries, such as common colds or fevers. Red or purple marks do not appear on everyone, and will go away within a few days.

I have tried EVERYTHING. How will acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture is successful because we see each patient as an individual. An in depth look into each person is done on every single visit to determine what patterns in the body are causing disharmony. By seeing each patient as an individual and instead of using disease diagnosis to group people together, it allows freedom for each person to receive a personalized treatment which will create lasting change.