frequently asked questions

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WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into the patient's skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points for therapeutic purposes. Trained practitioners believe that an energy source called "Qi" (pronounced "chee") circulates in the body through 12 main pathways called meridians. The meridians contain locations called "acupuncture points." The insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin stimulates sensory nerves and muscles. Treatment involves very fine needles at selected acupuncture points.

WILL IT HURT?

Since very fine needles are used, this procedure does not hurt. In fact, it can take away a patient's pain and discomfort. Patients often find the treatment very relaxing.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Since acupuncture addresses the primary cause of symptoms, it yields long lasting results. A patient should receive some benefit even from one treatment. Successive treatments, spaced close together, build on previous results.

IS IT SAFE?

Only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in our practice. This eliminates the risk of any contamination.

HOW ARE CHINESE HERBS USED TO TREAT PATIENTS?

Herbal Medicine is particularly useful in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance its effects and continue the healing between acupuncture treatments. Herbs in pill form are convenient and easy to take. Cooked herbal teas are prescriptions created for an individual patient, according to the patient's specific symptoms.