Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does acupuncture work?

A: Yes, acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of medicine dating back over 5,000 years ago. The efficacy of acupuncture for several conditions has been documented in controlled clinical studies that have been published throughout the world. Many people are under the misconception that the placebo effect is responsible for the relief experienced after a treatment. However, history and clinical studies have proven this idea to be illegitimate.

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A: There is no universal answer to this question. For some people, insertion of the needle has no sensation at all. Other patients feel a mild prick that goes away immediately after the needle is in. A very common and welcomed sensation is a dull ache or heaviness around the area of the needle. This sensation is not painful but does feel unusual the first time it is felt.

Q: What should I do to prepare for an acupuncture treatment?

A: Make a list of any medications you are currently taking. You should continue taking these prescriptions unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

- Do not eat a large meal immediately before or after your treatment, but do not come excessively hungry.

- Do not consume alcoholic beverages for at least eight hours before or after your treatment.

- Plan your visits so that after the treatment you can rest and do not need to be at peak performance.

Q: How often will I need to come before I see some improvement?

A: The speed and efficacy of healing is dependent upon several factors such as whether the condition is acute or chronic, the underlying health of the individual, the frequency of the visits, patient compliance to diet and lifestyle changes and herbal recommendations. Some patients experience immediate relief, others see changes a day or 2 after their first treatment, and for many, relief comes after a few treatments.