Overview. Acupuncture has been widely used in this country over the past 30 years to treat conditions of pain and neuromuscular discomfort. Based on the ancient Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine theories of the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood through distinct meridians or pathways that traverse the entire body, acupuncture and its associated techniques covers a broad range of ailments and condition for patients of all ages.
Frequently asked questions.
Q. How does Acupuncture work?
A. Modern western medicine cannot currently explain the exact mechanisms behind Acupuncture. According to ancient Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine theory, Acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas deficient in energy and away from areas in excess. In this way, Acupuncture works to regulate and restore the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
Q. Do Acupuncture needles hurt?
A. With proper placement of the needle, the patient can feel some distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or along the affected meridian, or energy pathway. Acupuncture is considered to be "painless"; any discomfort you may experience is usually very mild.
Q. Are the needles clean?
A. Acupuncture needles are sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Needles are used only once to eliminate any chance of transmitting a communicable disease through contamination.
Q. What does an Acupuncture treatment consist of?
A. A treatment lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. During that time, you will most likely resting on a treatment table or chair depending on the body area of treatment. Generally, no more than 10 locations are chosen for Acupuncture needle points. Many people find Acupuncture therapy to be very relaxing; it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep after needles are in place.