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Answers to some common questions

What are acupuncture points and meridians?

Acupuncture points are those areas on the body that have been shown to have an influence on pain or body function when stimulated by a needle, pressure, or heat. These points are quite small, and exact location is important for attaining maximum benefit from a given treatment. By inserting needles into points on the meridian pathways, the normal flow of energy may be restored and balanced. The points are organized into twelve classic meridians, which are named after the organ systems to which they correspond. There are also eight extra meridians which have distinct functions and address specific conditions. The delicate interplay and connection between these channels is influenced through acupuncture, to help gently guide your body back to balance.

What are the needles like?
Acupuncture needles are far different from the hypodermic needle used to give injections. Acupuncture needles are about the width of a human hair and insertion is usually painless. The needles are solid and are inserted into the skin from 1/8 to several inches deep. They are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles, absolutely insuring that there is no contamination or transmission of disease possible. They are usually painless upon insertion, but you may feel a slight pricking, numbness, heaviness, or distended sensation in the area around the needle when it is planted. The sensations usually last only a moment.
How long does a treatment take?
The initial visit usually lasts one and a half to two hours due to the time required for the extensive intake questions and examination. Follow-up treatments tend to take only one hour, but can vary depending on types of modalities used.
How long are needles retained?
Acupuncture needle retention lasts for about 30 minutes. This gives your body’s qi or energy enough time to finish one complete circuit of all the acupuncture channels in the human body. This does, however, depend on your body type – it could take more or less time. The treatment tables are heated; there is soothing music playing in the background. Most find it one of the most peaceful and deeply relaxing experiences, and many fall into a lovely sleep.
How many treatments are necessary?
It is usually recommended that a series of six to ten treatments be given, initially. However every case is unique, and some can be resolved in only one or two treatments. I will be happy to discuss your case and treatment plan with you frankly and in detail.
What are the side effects of acupuncture?
One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects associated with its use. Rarely, there may be some slight bruising around the area where a needle was placed.
Do you use herbal medicine?
Yes, I have been trained in both Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Depending on your health issue,  and if you are open to it, I may suggest herbs and supplements to help support your body along with acupuncture treatments, to help achieve desired results.