Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, hair-thin needles at specific points on the body based in Asian medicine’s theories of internal movement, channel flow, and the relationships of organ systems.
Does it hurt?
No. 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. But you’ve probably bled more after accidentally pricking your own finger. Now there are bleeding techniques used in Chinese medicine to effectively reduce fevers, lower blood pressure and relieve pain. This type of treatment would be thoroughly discussed beforehand and still only involves a few drops of blood.
How long are the needles left in?
Once inserted, they are usually left in for about 20 minutes. This varies with the condition being treated and the persons’ tolerance. Some treatments are only 10 minutes, others can last 45 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
I am asked this all the time and quite honestly, I don't know how many treatments you will need. Most people are feeling better within the first 3-4 visits, some faster than that, others take longer. It really depends on the issues we are working on, how chronic or acute they are, your general state of health, and how compliant you are. Whether you can come once a month or twice a week, consistency is key.