Acupuncture profoundly affects involuntary body functions and aids in regulating blood pressure, immune function, blood flow and body temperature.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When Does Pain Go Away?
Most patients feel immediate pain relief. If pain relief is not felt by the end of a treatment, it’s typical for improvement to occur in the next two days. It is important to understand that the effects of acupuncture are cumulative.

How Many Treatments Does it Take to Get Better?
Well, that depends. Generally speaking, the longer you have had the condition and the more severe the disease, the longer it takes to improve. However, by increasing the frequency of treatment (2-4 times a week in the beginning), improvement will be faster and the total of number of treatments is usually less. Once a person’s condition stabilizes, treatment frequency is reduced to once per week or even once per month.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Not really. Pain is minimal (similar to pinching the skin) or non-existent. After insertion, sensations that are usually felt include warmth, distension, pressure, dull ache, tingling, or just a plain “it feels like something is moving around my body”. The one sensation that shouldn’t be felt is sharp pain. If sharp pain is felt the patient should speak up, the needle will be adjusted and the pain should disappear.

Are There Risks?
There is risk in anything that we do. That said, acupuncture is one of the safest medical modalities. Acupuncture needles are sterile and one time use only. If the acupuncturist is licensed and qualified, he/she is aware of needling depths and angles to avoid injury. The most common serious injury from acupuncture is lung puncture; the majority of these cases involve non-licensed acupuncturists!

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What About Herbs?
Herbs are generally safe. However, just because they are “natural” doesn’t mean that herbs can not cause harm. Herbs are always prescribed in small doses and after a careful intake. The most common side effect of herbs is stomach upset or diarrhea. If this happens, please notify your acupuncturist immediately and discontinue use.

Herb Safety
In the past few years, there has been some controversy concerning herb safety. Please be assured that all herbs that we prescribe are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified, sulfur free, and have been tested for DDT, Hexachlorabenzene, lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other contaminants. Unfortunately, organic certification for Chinese herbs is virtually nonexistent at this time.

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