More on Acupuncture


What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at certain points on your body.  Acupuncture balances the flow of energy, known as qi or chi, which flows through pathways called meridians in your body.  Inserting needles into specific points along these meridians helps to balance your qi/energy, stimulate your body’s natural painkillers, and increase blood flow.  

What are common conditions treated with acupuncture
Acupuncture is used for many different conditions.  Some of the most common conditions treated in this office are:

•    Addiction (alcohol, drugs, smoking)
•    Anxiety
•    Arthritis
•    Asthma
•    Bronchitis
•    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
•    Chronic Fatigue
•    Constipation
•    Depression
•    Digestive Issues
•    Dizziness
•    Emotional Problems
•    Digestion
•    Dizziness
•    Emotional Problems
•    Eye Problems
•    Fibromyalgia
•    Headaches
•    Indigestion
•    Infertility
•    Menopause
•    Migraines
•    Morning Sickness
•    Nausea
•    PMS
•    Reproductive Problems
•    Sciatica
•    Sleep Disturbances 
•    Stress

What should I expect at my first acupuncture visit:
At your visit, the doctor will sit down with you to talk about your health concerns and goals.  She will ask you about your symptoms, behaviors, and lifestyle.  She will then examine the parts of the body that are painful, the shape, coating, and color of your tongue, the color of your face, and the strength, rhythm and quality of your pulse in your wrist.  The initial visit may take up to 60 minutes, but the following visits usually take about a half hour.  

What should I expect during my acupuncture treatments?

The doctor will have you relax on a comfy heated table for the treatments in a private room with tranquil music.  She will let you know the general area of where the needles will be inserted and have you remove any clothing if needed.  A gown or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty.  The needles will be inserted which usually causes little discomfort. Normally anywhere from 5-20 needles will be used for a treatment.  Sometimes electrical stimulation is added to the needles for extra stimulation to certain areas.  You will be left alone with the needles in for 10-45 minutes (typically 20 minutes).  A bell will be provided to you in case you need the doctor’s attention during your treatment.  This part of your treatment is the most important part.  This is where you relax and just concentrate on your breath.  Some people fall asleep (that means you’re really doing a good job at relaxing), some people pray, others meditate (you do whatever is right for you).  When the time is up the needles will be removed and discarded.

What should I expect after my acupuncture treatments?
Some people feel more relaxed, others feel more energized, and some people don’t notice much at all after a single treatment. However, each treatment builds on the previous and people get better over time. 

How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments needed is depended on many different factors such as: what the condition is, how bad it is, how long it’s been there, and the age and health of the patient.  However, a treatment plan for a single complaint will typically involve one to three times per week for six to ten treatments.  Maintenance treatments are sometimes needed with certain conditions.  

What should I expect with results of my treatments?
While the benefits of acupuncture can sometimes be difficult to measure, many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of conditions.  There are studies that have found that acupuncture works best in people who expect it to work.  If you are having trouble controlling pain or have a troubling condition give acupuncture a try!