Frequently Asked Questions
I. What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing modality that dates back over 2,000 years. It is based upon the idea that we have a system of pathways of energy that moves through the body. These energy pathways are connected to our physical body. When this flow of energy is running smoothly, we have health and wellness. At times, we develop blockages and imbalances in this energy system from any number of physical and/or emotional factors. When these blockages or imbalances occur, we present with symptoms.
Once the acupuncturist determines where these blockages are, hair-thin sterile disposable needles are inserted at various points along the meridian system and/or specific muscles to help remove the blockages and reestablish the free flow of energy. The needles are then typically left in the body for 20-45 minutes.
Acupuncture also has a unique approach to healing in that treatments are tailored to the individual and their level of imbalance. The focus is not on treating a disease but rather how symptoms manifest in a particular person, so that healing can occur at all levels of the body, mind and spirit.
It is important however to remember that acupuncture is a process, and one which usually takes multiple treatments to help most conditions. This could be anywhere from 1-12 treatments depending on your constitution and the conditions being treated, at an interval of 1-3 visits per week in most cases. In general, acute conditions are quicker to treat than long-standing chronic conditions. A treatment plan is recommended to you during the initial intake. On subsequent visits, we do a quick check-in to see how you've been feeling since the previous treatment, and if anything new has come up which needs to be addressed. We always check your tongue and pulse for changes. This gives us valuable information as to how you are responding to treatments.
-Wear comfortable clothes that allow access to areas below the elbows and knees.
-We ask that you refrain from wearing any perfumes or scented oils within the clinic. Many patients, including pregnant women and those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy are very sensitive to fragrances.
-Silence is golden! Keep in mind that there will be others in the rooms nearby receiving treatments. Please turn your cell phones off when entering the clinic and be respectful of those around you who have come to relax and renew as you have.
-If possible, set aside time after your treatment to rest. We do not recommend heading straight to the gym after acupuncture.