Who needs acupuncture and herbs?
You Do! Although Western Medicine is excellent in life threatening situations, emergencies, and surgeries, Chinese Medicine excels in treating chronic illness and preventing disease. Chinese Medicine offers solutions that Western Medicine does not. Combining the best uses of Western Medicine with the best that Chinese Medicine has to offer truly achieves holistic wellness for your whole family.
Do I have to "believe" in acupuncture for it to work?
Chinesel Medicine, whether you are dealing with acupuncture or herbs, is no more faith based than Western Medicine. Believing in the treatments can't hurt, but it isn't necessary for positive results. The biggest factor in success or failure, is how motivated our clients are to keeping their appointments and taking the prescribed herbal formula's.
What should I expect?
Expect to enjoy it! Most people are pleasantly surprised by the experience of an acupuncture treatment. Treatment produces a profound level of relaxation in most people, and many people enjoy a restful nap while on the table. Afterwards, most report a calm feeling of relaxation and an improved sense of well being.
Does it hurt?
People are relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and completely unlike the needles they have experienced in the past. We use gentle techniques to place these tiny needles and often the insertion is imperceptible.
Once it is inserted there may be a mild sensation of tingling, heaviness, or warmth in the area. This is normal and even beneficial. However, it is rare that the patient describes this sensation as painful.
Are the needles safe?
Absolutely! Acupuncturists are required to follow OSHA standards and sterile, single use, disposable needles are used. Patients are absolutely assured that there is no transmission of communicable disease from patient to patient.
Do I have to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?
Absolutely not! In recent years, many people have discovered that it is much easier, safer, and cost effective to maintain health than it is to recover it once it is lost. Because of their ability to nourish and strengthen normal functioning in the body, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be an important addition to any health program. Many acupuncture patients come in for monthly stress relief treatments and "tune ups" for their immune system as part of their health maintenance routine. Preventative medicine is the best medicine.
How frequently do I need to come in for treatment?
The frequency of treatments varies with each individual. Most new patients begin with one or two treatments a week that last about an hour each. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, with each treatment building upon the last. As patients experience improvement in their condition, treatments may be extended to once every two weeks, once every three weeks, monthly, or seasonally.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture promotes the body's natural ability to heal itself, so most conditions can be corrected or improved. Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of preventative care and health maintenance, with it's effects being well documented throughout its long history.