Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?



     Acupuncture is an ancient therapy from Asia that has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, it is widely practiced throughout the world. It involves the placement of hair-thin needles at acupuncture points on the body. These points are on what are known as the acupuncture meridians or channels. By placing needles at specifically selected points, blockages to the flow of nerve energy or chi are removed, and the body begins to balance this energy. The patient may experience this as deep relaxation, less pain, and improved health and mental clarity.


 What to expect at your session


     A typical session is about an hour, with the first session being an hour and a half.  The first visit takes longer because we take a health history and get to know a little about each other, the main issues, and about the Chinese Medicine approach to health. Often it is the information exchange that sets the stage for healing and stays with us after the treatment. The treatment is generally done on a massage table, or can be done in a chair if need be.

     Clothes can be left on for most types of treatments, so long as we can get to the parts of the body that need treating. If needed, we have sheets and towels to insure comfort and modesty. We usually use 10-15 needles that are whisker-thin and leave them in for 15-40 minutes, during which time you will feel extremely relaxed. Sometimes we will repeat this procedure to the opposite side of the body, depending on the condition.

      I am also trained as a Massage Therapist with advanced training in Chinese Medical Massage and often perform 15 minutes of very gentle bodywork to assist the effects of the acupuncture.  We often combine other Chinese Medicine therapies such as herbal liniments, Gua Sha, Cupping, or Moxibustion.



                                   How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person, depending on their symptoms, overall health, their goals, and their response to acupuncture. In general the longer you have had a problem the longer it will take to resolve, and the less time you have had the problem the quicker it will resolve. Some people experience immediate relief, others take several treatments to respond.

In general, I recommend at least three visits over a 2-3 week period to assess a person’s response to acupuncture.

An 8-10 visit course of treatment over 2-4 months is suggested, followed by monthly maintenance, or seasonal “tune-ups.”

If you have any questions, please browse our information about acupuncture or feel free to contact me.



​                           Other Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Does it hurt?
How safe is acupuncture?
What type of schooling do acupuncturists get?
What conditions are treatable by acupuncture?


                                                         Does it hurt?

     Acupuncture can be painless, but it should not be without any sensations at all. The needles are whisker thin and often don’t need to be inserted even an 1/8th of an inch to perform their function. Much of the time you won’t feel them go in at all, and once they’re in, it’s very relaxing. The sensations that a person might feel during acupuncture range from heaviness, pulling, pressure, warmth, tingling, and numbness to feelings of waves of movement, lightness, and deep relaxation. A slight euphoric feeling isn’t uncommon.  Treatments are supplemented with acupuncture and bodywork to increase effectiveness.

                                               How safe is acupuncture?

     Acupuncture is extremely safe and its safety has been demonstrated throughout time and has been clinically proven in trial after trial, with some German trials involving over a million people. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy yielding no significant side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is occasional bruising, but even this is rare.  All acupuncture needles are sterile, used once and then discarded.

                                What type of schooling do acupuncturists get?

     Today, acupuncturists get 4 years, or 3,000 hours or more, of extensive post-graduate training in Eastern and Western Medicine at nationally accredited schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.  44 states have licensure boards for acupuncture.


​                              What conditions are treatable with acupuncture?


Click below to see a list of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.









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