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Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture painful?

Although there may be slight irritation at the insertion site, the discomfort typically dissipates quickly.  The patient may notice a subsequent tingling, warmth, or sensation of heaviness.  This is a normal reaction and is secondary to the stimulation of de Qi.

What should I expect from my acupuncture treatment?

Generally, acupuncture is deeply relaxing and many patients simply fall asleep. In the case of pain management, symptoms may worsen following the treatment – followed by a dramatic reduction in pain. In other cases, the patient may describe significant improvement in symptoms for several weeks, followed by a sudden “plateau” during which time they no longer perceive the benefits of treatment. This is also common and must be discussed by the patient and practitioner to determine the next course of treatment.

How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing, stay hydrated, and eat a small meal prior to treatment.

How many treatments will be required?

In general, acute conditions require fewer, more frequent treatments, while chronic, stubborn conditions may require weekly treatments for several weeks or months. In general the practitioner and the patient should plan to reevaluate the original chief complaint following 6-10 weekly treatments. Patient response to acupuncture varies widely and each case must be considered on an individual basis.

Will I be prescribed Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbal medicine works synergistically with acupuncture to restore balance and regulate disharmony. Herbs will be recommended in all cases deemed necessary, although no prescription will be written without full patient compliance.

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