Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is acupuncture?
  2. How does acupuncture work?
  3. Is acupuncture safe?
  4. Is acupuncture painful?
  5. Can acupuncture be used to maintain optimum health?

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with a written history in China of 2000 years but dating back before recorded history. It is currently used by a quarter of the world’s population, mostly in Asia, and its popularity is growing rapidly in the west as scientific trials prove its efficacy. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points to regulate the systems of the body and alleviate pain.
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How does acupuncture work?

The Chinese have developed, over thousands of years, a working theory of acupuncture. They discovered pathways along the body that related to the organs and systems of the body, through which "qi" or "life force energy" traveled. They found that when there was illness, the life force energy was blocked, excessive, deficient, or unbalanced. Acupuncture was one way of restoring and balancing the flow of qi. By inserting needles in certain points along the channels and manipulating the energy flowing through those channels, organ function could be regulated. It can relax the muscles and inflammation is reduced. Pain can also be alleviated.

Over the thousands of years that have passed, the doctors recorded their observations every generation learning from and improving upon those that came before. Today acupuncture is benefiting from modern research techniques.
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Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. The acupuncture needle is an extremely fine, disposable (one-use), sterile, FDA approved medical device. A licensed acupuncturist has undergone years of training in its safe implementation.

Acupuncture has also been proven to have little or no side effects. It is also safe for pregnant women. Often it is used to alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness, pregnancy fatigue and headaches, etc. You should walk out of the office feeling more awake, energized and relaxed.
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Is acupuncture painful?

The hair-thin needles are not to be compared with the thick hypodermic syringes used for shots. The insertion feels like a tug on a body hair. After the needle is inserted there may be a feeling of tingling, a sensation of something moving, a warm feeling, etc. Many find it an enjoyable experience.

However, if there is a strong blockage in "qi" or energy flow in a particular area, the patient may feel tenderness on the needle insertion. After the quick initial insertion, no pain is usually involved.
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Can Acupuncture be used to maintain optimum health?

There is a always a benefit in receiving acupuncture. Acupuncture makes your immune system stronger. This in turn provides the body with its own armor. The body is able to fight using its natural ability to heal.
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