Frequently Asked Questions
Chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and by stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Even if you are in great health by western medicine’s standards, acupuncture can improve your quality of life by enhancing your mood, boosting energy, and facilitating sleep.
Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions. In many cultures, acupuncture was used as primary health care for centuries, and acupuncturists were called on to treat everything under the sun. For generation after generation, the greatest minds of the times would spend their lives refining their understanding of the human body and healing techniques. The medicine we practice today is a reflection of this work and is still highly dynamic in its evolution, changing and refining itself as new information and understandings emerge.
Acupuncture is a type of holistic medicine that uses tiny, weightless needles to carefully alleviate a wide range of health issues, from chronic pain to insomnia, infertility to allergies. Originating in ancient China more than two thousand years ago, acupuncture works by stimulating specific points near or on the surface of the skin - acupuncture points - that have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. For more information please see our article about acupuncture.
We start your treatment plan with five acupuncture sessions to gauge how quickly you respond to treatment and to ensure you are a good candidate for acupuncture. During your fourth treatment, we will create a custom treatment schedule made to address your specific needs and goals. Typically acupuncture treatments are given once or twice a week for 1-4 months. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture. Herbs are often prescribed to be taken in between treatments to address internal medical conditions and may be used on their own.
Some patients will feel “back to normal” after their first treatment. This is especially true of more acute or recent injuries, such as minor sprains, strains, or pains. While that’s great news, experience has taught us that instantaneous relief may not always last.
Since we don’t want you to conclude that, “acupuncture doesn’t work,” we recommend you come in for a follow-up visit, even if you don’t think you need it. Our job is to help create a lasting change in your body, and this can take a number of sessions. We recommend you keep track of when your symptoms reappeared, and together we create a treatment schedule that builds on successful acupuncture sessions.