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We specialize in these conditions and treat many more:
Infertility | Back, Neck & Joint Pain | Facial Rejuvenation | Pediatrics | Allergies | Sports Injuries | Digestive & Stomach Disorders
Menopause | Teen Acne | Orthopedic Pain-Related Conditions | Lyme Disease | Cardiovascular Diseases
Acupuncture is the insertion of
fine needles into the body at specific points and has proven to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over thousands of years. Recently,
electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.
What to Expect from Acupuncture Needles?
I have heard people say, “I would like to try acupuncture, but I am afraid of needles.” Many people that could benefit from acupuncture treatment are not aware that acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, almost as fine as the hairs on a boar-bristle brush. We carry extra fine needles that we use for sensitive patients. The gauge of these acupuncture needles are 0.16 and a standard hypodermic needle is18 gauge. There is no comparison between a hypodermic needle and an acupuncture needle. Acupuncture needles are not deliberately inserted into veins, therefore causing no bleeding. While receiving an injection can be a traumatic, acupuncture is the opposite. The benefit from acupuncture far outweighs the slight sensation from the needle. An acupuncture session is peaceful, almost painless, evoking a healing experience. Don’t let negative preconceptions of needles influence your decision to better your health?
Q: What problems can be treated
A: Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to treat many
problems, such as joint pain, sprains and strains, and most gynecological
complaints. See list on homepage.
Q: How deep do the needles go?
A: That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the
points selected, the patient's size, age, and constitution, and upon
the acupuncturist's style or school. Usually, needles are inserted
from 1/4 to I inch in depth.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: If your practitioner has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle,
the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling,
or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or
down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In any case, if you
experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.
Q: Are the needles clean?
A: The best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use
sterilized,individually packaged, disposable needles. Needles should
not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the
possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated
Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. Traditional
acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi
(Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that
cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According
to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it
is Deficient and away from where it is Excess. In this way, acupuncture
regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
In Chinese there is a saying, "There is no pain if there is free
flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."
Q: Are there different styles of acupuncture?
A: Yes, there are. Acupuncture originated in China but has spread
to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and America.
In different countries, different styles have developed based on differing
opinions as to theory and technique. Patients should talk to their
practitioners about their particular style and learn as much as possible
about the treatment being proposed.
Q: What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?
A: Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long
the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what
experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient's specific
Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession in about
half the states in the U.S. Ask yourpractitioner if your state requires
a license to practice. In states that do not currently require licensing,
patients should ask their practitioner if they are certified by the
National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Acupuncturists
who have passed this exam are entitled to add Dipl.Ac. (Diplomate
of Acupuncture) after their name.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint.
You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series
of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some
degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
Q- What should I know about the proposed treatments?
A: Your practitioner will explain the nature of your problem and what
treatment he or she is recommending. Your practitioner will tell you
what benefits and risks them am to the proposed treatment, what other
treatment options are available to you through this practitioner or
by referral to another practitioner or physician.
If you agree to go ahead with the treatments, your practitioner will
tell you what progress to expect, what to do if you don't experience
progress and what to do if you feel worse.
Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment.
Some patients experience an irnmediate relief or partial relief of
their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may
return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice
the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should
expect to feel better.
Most patients will have more questions than this document can answer.
Your practitioner is used to answering questions such as: Should I
continue to see my medical doctor? Should I continue taking my present
medication? What should I eat? Is there anything I can do for myself
at home? What signs of success should I look for first and after how
long? You should discuss all of your questions in person with your
Courtesy of the American Society of Acupuncturists