What are the needles like? Do they hurt?

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. 
Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic  needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.  Because the needles are pre-sterilized; single use only, using the same techniques as for surgical instruments, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.

What are the "Do's and Don'ts" on my day of treatment?
To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:

  Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your
  Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic
    beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment
  Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at
    least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important 
for the first few visits.
  Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular
    doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to 
treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture 
  Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to
    the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up 
treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem

What can I Expect During Treatment?

Treatment begins with the initial visit lasting 1-1/2 to 2 hours. During this time, an in-depth interview  is conducted, gathering information about main concerns, medical history, physical conditions and observations. A physical exam and thorough pulse diagnosis are also 

Any questions are addressed and a treatment plan is discussed. After the initial visit, subsequent treatments usually last 45 minutes to an hour. Generally, to evaluate progress and monitor response to treatment, it is ideal to return for a weekly appointment for approximately 4-8 weeks. As balance is achieved and the condition improves and stabilizes, treatments are scheduled less frequently. Once healthy, seasonal treatments can help maintain optimum health and well-being.

What kind of response will I have to the treatment?
The nature and severity of your condition, how long you have had it, as well as life-style choices that may support or impede treatment, are all factors that affect the number and frequency of treatment as well as the response to treatment. Since every person is unique, response to treatment is quite individual. Some notice an immediate improvement, others notice changes in overall health and well-being with improvements in the main complaint following. The Acupuncture Physician and the patient will always work together in order to achieve the most efficient and profound treatment response.


* All information on this web site has been provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by your healthcare professional or any information contained on or in any product/packaging label. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. Always seek the advice of your healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional or herbal supplement, or adopting any treatment for a health problem.

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