FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE
Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will resemble and feel like hypodermic needles. Hypodermic needles are 114 times larger than acupuncture needles. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT MY FIRST VISIT?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments depends upon the nature, severity and duration of your condition. For acute conditions, you may only need one or two treatments. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so for more chronic issues, a series of six to ten treatments may be required. If you have a condition that has been getting progressively worse over the years, you may need to continue treatments over a period of months. For very painful conditions, several treatments per week may significantly reduce the overall time needed to resolve the condition. If you would like to be seen several times per week, we can arrange a fee discount to make your care more affordable.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR & SHOULD I EAT?
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE
Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of people worldwide. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.
DO YOU HAVE A CANCELLATION POLICY?
Your appointment time is reserved just for you. A late cancellation or missed visit leaves a hole in the Doctor's day that could have been filled by another patient. As such, we require 48 hours notice for any cancellations or changes to your appointment. Patients who provide less than 48 hours notice will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. Those who do not show up for their appointments will be charged the full service amount.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is based on the principal that the body's Life force or vital energy (qi) circulates along meridians or pathways of energy. Each meridian corresponds to a particular organ such as the Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, Liver, and Spleen. It is along these meridian pathways where the insertion of thin needles make it possible to influence the body's natural ability to heal. Acupuncture works on the physical body as well as the enegetic body, treating not only physical ailments, but emotions as well.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT
Acupuncture works by activating the body's inate healing ability, so it can be beneficial for any health condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Please refer to the Acupuncture page for a more comprehensive list of the most common conditions I have experience treating.