1. How does it work?
Acupuncture treats your body, mind and spirit as a whole. In Asian medicine, wherever pain or illness shows up, it is about unbalance. Acupuncture addresses the life energy that flows through the body, called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is carried through the body in meridians, which act like roads. When this energy flows smoothly, you live in ease. When it is blocked, the result is pain or illness on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. I help you repair yourself by unblocking and redirecting the energy flow to achieve maximum wellness.
From a Western biomedical standpoint, there are various theories for why it works. One thought is that acupuncture releases endorphins, which it does, but that isn’t the whole explanation. A recent fMRI study found electrical micro channels that cross and connect the whole body; the researcher suggested that by changing the flow of electrical energy, acupuncture affects the electro-chemical responses of the body.
Whichever explanation appeals to you, the undisputed fact is that acupuncture works!
2. Will acupuncture “fix” me?
Yes & no. Acupuncturists are not allowed to use the word “fix” or “cure”, but your body fix yourself ultimately: acupuncture just opens the door. For issues of physical trauma (for example, speeding up the healing of a broken bone, tendonitis, sprains, carpal tunnel, side-effects of chemo, etc), the treatments are fairly simple and “fix” you.
Addressing non-trauma problems will require your active participation. The fundamental truth is that your body is wise: you do not have symptoms for no reason. This means that your symptoms are not independent of you, your lifestyle, or the choices you make in life. Therefore, to really heal, you have to listen and act on what your body is telling you about yourself and the way you deal with life issues. So yes, acupuncture can fix you, if you are willing to take responsibility and fix yourself.
3. Are the needles safe? Do they hurt?
We only use single-use, disposable needles. There is no possibility of transmission of any disease. The needles are the width of two human hairs: they are very slender. They also don’t go in very deep. And the needles are not hollow, like a hypodermic needle, so they hurt a lot less (if at all). You may feel a tingly or heavy sensation after the needle is inserted: that’s good! It means we’ve gotten the point exactly right.
4. Okay, but I really don’t like needles. Can you still treat me?
Yes! We have non-needling methods of treatment. We still stimulate acupuncture points, but we use massage, Herb Seed that don’t break the skin and heat therapy on the points instead of needles. We can also prescribe herbs. It may take a little longer to get results, but it still works. And the part of the treatment where we use the wisdom of Asian medicine to look at the inner link between your symptoms and your life is just as potent.
5. What about children? Can they get acupuncture too?
Absolutely! We have specialized training in pediatric acupuncture. Many common childhood ailments, especially ear infections, susceptibility to colds, and developmental issues respond well to acupuncture. Children’s bodies are not “stuck” in a pattern like adult bodies are, so they respond faster to treatment, and simple treatments are very effective.
6. What can I expect at the first treatment?
The initial Consultation and Treatment takes 1.75-2hours. The first 45 Min. to 1 hour is a comprehensive conversation about your physical, emotional and spiritual health. The second hour is a needle treatment. Follow-up appointments are 1 hour each.
7. When will I start to see results?
You should start to see improvements in how you feel within 4-6 treatments, depending on the severity of your issues. Many patients notice an improvement after the first treatment.
8. What else do I need to know?
The decision to get acupuncture can change your life. It’s not just about addressing symptoms. It’s about making all of you feel better and giving you the tools to create your own wellness. It’s a radically different approach to wellness and health care, and it will leave you feeling vibrant and alive.