Acupuncture

Acupuncture developed in China thousands of years ago and has spread to the rest of the world in the past few hundred years. In essence it is a safe therapy designed to increase circulation to specific areas of the body that may have been injured either through external trauma or internal diseases. Very fine needles are inserted at precise points on the body which can activate or resolve the flow of circulation through specific areas. In this way acupuncture utilizes the body's own healing potential to achieve balance, both physical and emotional.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture cause pain or side effects?

Single use, sterile needles are used and gently inserted in the body. Severe pain is very rare. The common desirable sensations are slight numbness, tingling, dullness/soreness at the site of insertion which are quite acceptable to most people and are a positive sign that the body is being gently stimulated by the therapy. Needles are retained for 15-30 minutes during which time people report a deep sense of relaxation. Since acupuncture works with the body's own healing potential, there are very few reports of side effects, although these can include slight bruising or mild bleeding. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are commonly used for children, pregnant women and elderly people as well with good results. They are often used in conjunction with conventional medications to lead to better therapeutic effects and in fact a reduction of side effects from modern medications.

How long do treatments last?

First visit will run about 1 to 1.5 hours. This include a thorough analysis of your health and a suggested treatment plan. Minor problems often respond quickly (1-6 treatments) while chronic conditions do better with a longer course (6 and up).

Other therapies used also?

Acupuncture is often used alongside cupping (glass-suction cups used to relieve sore muscles), dietary suggestions as well as herbal medicine. The necessity of these therapies can be discussed at your initial appointment as they often serve to supplement the effects of acupuncture.

What are common conditions treated?

Acupuncture is most popular for pain (back pain, muscle injuries, headaches etc.) It is proven to relax muscles, increase circulation, decrease excessive inflammation and help the body regain normal function. Through a combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture a wide range of conditions can be addressed including but not limited to digestive health, female concerns, neurological problems, skin conditions, hormonal fluctuations as well as mental-emotional states.

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