FAQs

Acupuncture

No, the needles do not hurt. In fact, most people barely feel anything when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and very, very thin (about the width of two hairs).

There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.

Acupuncture is widely acknowledged as one of the safest forms of medicine. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are regulated by the individual states’ medical board.

One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that it has virtually no side effects. Occasionally a small temporary bruise may appear at the site of an acupuncture needle.

The frequency of treatment depends on your medical condition. Many conditions respond faster to frequent acupuncture treatments, with most clients only needing to come in once a week. Once your condition is stabilized, you won’t need to come in as frequently. When you come in for your first treatment, I will formulate a specific treatment plan for you.

In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi. Qi can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs along meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness. Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body’s system is out of whack. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose the imbalance… and balance it.

In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact mechanisms which bring this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.

When people come in for the first time, they aren’t sure how long they should stay and rest with the needles in. I often tell my clients to stay for approximately.

30 minutes for the treatment to take effect.

Resting with the needles in longer doesn’t necessarily mean you will get a better treatment or more benefit from the treatment. However, if you are in a restful state, feel free to stay as long as you like. The body heals best when it is resting.

However, if your mind is wandering and you aren’t restful, it won’t help you to stay longer. The best thing to do is to listen to your body.

Yes, acupuncture can be used to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions, offering women an alternative to taking medication.

It can be used from when you first receive your positive pregnancy result, to support early pregnancy and alleviate any symptoms you may be experiencing, such as nausea and vomiting, headaches and tiredness, etc. Acupuncture may also be used for the discomfort often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy that just has to be endured.

Chinese Medicine focuses on the processes of the human body as an energy system. Health and well-being rely on the smooth and dynamic flow of energy or Qi through the body. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to self-heal by correcting imbalances such as deficiencies, stagnations and excesses. There are 14 organ related energy channels in the body which are called meridians. During an acupuncture treatment, various points along these meridians, are identified and prescribed in your treatment plan to treat your specific needs.

In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact mechanisms which bring this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.

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