Does Acupuncture work?

The Word Health Organization published an extensive list of diseases and disorders tested in controlled clinical trials. There is much evidence to prove that acupuncture works for many conditions. Research revolving around acupuncture has grown exponentially in the past two decades, over 13, 000 studies were conducted worldwide.

How does Acupuncture work?

Qi (energy) flows along pathways, known as meridians throughout the body. If this vital flow of energy gets blocked, acupuncture redirects Qi and stimulates function, evoking the body’s natural healing process. Commonly, the acupuncturist is inserting fine, sterile needles into the skin, but other methods such as moxibustion, heat therapy, cupping, gua sha or application of topical herbal medicines can be used.

How should I prepare for my first appointment?

Wear or bring loose clothing so acupuncture points can easily be accessed. If you forget, draping sheets are also available. It is best to eat a snack before your appointment; an empty stomach and low energy can make you lightheaded.

What should I expect from my first acupuncture appointment?

The initial appointment is 90 minutes. First, we will ask you about your health history, look at the shape, color and coating of your tongue and feel the quality of your pulse.  A unique treatment plan will be established for you. Next, you begin the actual treatment by laying comfortably on the treatment table while precise acupuncture points are stimulated on various areas of your body. Needles are retained anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. Most patients go into a deep relaxation mode or even fall asleep.

What should I expect during a regular acupuncture treatment?

Subsequent appointments will be 60 minutes. The health history intake during your second appointment will not take quite as long. You will be asked to have noticed any changes between treatments. Tongue and pulse diagnosis are part of every treatment.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

More often than not, insertion of these fine needles go unnoticed. The experience is not to be compared with hypodermic needles at your physician’s office. Sometimes people feel Qi moving which is experienced as a sensation of numbness, tingling, warmth or heaviness.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes, both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are extremely safe when performed by a competently trained, licensed professional. As required by law, only sterile, single-use disposable needles are used to eliminate the risk of infections.

How many treatments do I need?

The frequency and number of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint and the patient’s individual response to treatment.  Acute problems usually require fewer visits; some patients may even experience relief in the first treatment. For long-standing, chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended.

Initially, a specific number of treatments will be recommended, with each visit your progress is reassessed and open for discussion.

Where can I park?

Closest parking to the office is on Massachusetts Avenue, directly in front of the office located in the Associates Building (Parking Fee: $1/hr).

Next closest parking would be behind the building on the Minute Men Parking Lot (Parking Fee: ¢50/hr).

Russell Terrace Rd. located at a further distance behind the Associates Building (3 minute walk) offers 4hrs free parking.