What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, hair-thin needles at specific points on the body based on Chinese medicine’s theories of internal movement, channel flow, and the relationships of organ systems. Acupuncture uniquely influences the production and flow of blood, body fluids and general energy, and can help to improve organ system function and restore balance.

Does it hurt?

No. This is generally a relaxing and painless appointment. Some points will be more sensitive than others, but nothing I do for you should hurt. Fullness, pressure, and throbbing are common words I hear after needle insertion.

Will I bleed?

Not likely. Occasionally there is a tiny drop when a needle is removed. This is more likely if you bruise easily, have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinners. Now there are bleeding techniques used in Chinese medicine to effectively reduce fevers, lower blood pressure and relieve pain. This type of treatment is very specific and would be thoroughly discussed beforehand (and still only involves a few drops of blood).

How long are the needles left in?

Once inserted, needles are left in place 20-45 minutes. This varies with the condition being treated and the persons’ tolerance.

How many treatments will I need?

In general, usually after 4-5 consistent weekly/bi-weekly treatments you should notice a positive change. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and that your particular response to treatment will depend on many different factors including: your current condition and its severity, how acute/chronic your condition is, your overall state of health, and your participation in your healing. My goal is to help you to meet yours safely!

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