What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complete medical system with roots stemming from over 3,000 years ago.  It is the most extensively used form of medicine in the world, and effectively treats everything from back pain to hormonal conditions. From a traditional perspective, life energy, or "Qi," flows through channels in the body.  Sickness and pain are a manifestation of the Qi not flowing correctly, and a licensed acupuncturist can insert fine needles into the skin to help the body re-balance this flow. From a Western perspective, the channels correlate to the anatomical pattern of a connective tissue called fascia, which conducts electricity and directs hormones and other signaling molecules to specific parts of the body. Qi can be considered the amalgamation of these hormonal cascades and electrical gradients as they are effected by acupuncture.

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Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a properly educated and licensed practitioner. In the United States, licensed acupuncturists have completed a four year graduate level program with over 3,000 hours of training and have been certified by four independent board examinations. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, single use (disposable), and are an FDA approved medical device ensuring there is no risk of disease transmission.

Will it hurt?

Most people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing and comfortable.  The needles used to perform acupuncture are 20 times smaller than the hypodermic syringes used by your doctor and create little to no sensation upon insertion. 

What should I expect during my first treatment?

The appointment will begin with an initial health consultation where we will discuss your overall state of health, your goals for treatment, and any questions you may have about acupuncture.  The acupuncturist will then look at your tongue and feel your pulse for more information about your health.  Once we have a clear understanding of your body, we will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and follow this up with a full acupuncture treatment.   

How often will I need to come in and how many treatments will I need?

The treatment frequency and total number will depend on the severity, nature, and duration of the problem.   Most patients show significant improvement in 2-10 treatments.