FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are thin, hair-fine solid needles, different than the hollow hypothermic injection needles that are used for shots. Most people find the experience very pleasant and relaxing, and often fall asleep during treatment. There may be a noticeable sting or pinch upon the needle insertion. Different sensations such as soreness, tingling, distending, warmth, pressure or slight aching sensations at or distant to the site of insertion may be felt after a short period, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. If the treatment is uncomfortable, please tell your acupuncturist right away as there are steps that can be taken to adjust the treatment.
Is Acupuncture Needle Safe?
Yes! Acupuncturists use sterile and disposable needles approved by FDA and every effort is made to ensure proper placement and disposal of the needles after each treatment. Your acupuncturist has received training and safety certification as part of her state licensing requirements.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
After treatment, you may feel a little tired or sleepy and should avoid doing vigorous exercise that would consume your body fluid and Qi for at least few days. Drink room temperature or warm water after the treatment. Avoid icy-cold drinks and alcohol during the course of receiving treatments. Your body needs vital energy to repair and recover from your health complaints. It is better that you can give yourself enough time to get rest and heal. Even if you feel much relieved after treatments, do not overuse your body mentally and physically. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief, but patients notice the diminishment of pain over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better, but in some small percentage of cases, the treatment provokes a “healing crisis”; in such cases, the pain actually increases as a result of the treatment. This is actually a positive sign and usually indicates that relief will follow subsequent treatments. Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. Some bruises may occur the sites of needle insertion and generally will clear in a day or two.
How Often Should I Receive A Treatment?
The frequency and number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achiever prominent results. Generally speaking, chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. Usually the acupuncturist will set up a treatment plan consistent of 6 to 12 treatments. Patients with severe conditions or Qi imbalance are expected to be seen twice or more times weekly until their conditions improve or the energy begins to hold balance for longer periods at which point treatment will be reduced to once a week. Then you can go once a month for maintenance treatment. The ultimate goal is for your body to support the energy balance on its own.
Should I Tell My Doctor?
Yes! You can definitely inform your doctor that your are receiving acupuncture or herbal medicine treatment. Just like chiropractic manipulations, acupuncture is also legally accepted as a branch of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the US. By intergrating the Western and Eastern medical care we can reach optimum health and well-being. Feel free to give your medical doctor any and all information about us. At the same time, you should always inform your acupuncturist of any other treatment you are receiving, such as medications, as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Should I Stop My Medications?
While acupuncture can help people reduce the need for some medications, it is important to proceed carefully to avoid problems. Any prescribed medicine should be modified under the direction of your physician. Discuss with your acupuncturist, if you are considering taking Chinese Herbal Remedies to help with your main health issues.
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