Acupuncture and Alternatives for Health
Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture Safe?

              When performed by a competently trained, professional, acupuncture is extremely safe.  All certified acupuncturists today use individually packaged sterile, disposable needles.  So there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.

Who Comes For Acupuncture?

              A wide variety of people come for acupuncture treatment, for all kinds of different complaints. Some patients are looking for a more natural holistic way to heal, while some are referred by their doctors.  Except for people needing help with weight loss, smoking, alcohol, or addictions, patients should be examined by, and consult with, their medical doctor before receiving acupucture.  Acupuncture is the first choice treatment for many people while others turn to it after unsuccessful attempts at other therapies. 
As well as seeking help for physical problems, many people come for stress-related disorders and the effects of mental and emotional conflicts in their lives.  Acupuncture affects the whole person - body, mind, and spirit - and will help a wide range of different symptoms. 
            Acupuncture is an excellent form of preventive health care, and is especially valuable in dealing with the everyday stresses of our modern lifestyle. Even though they have no particular health problems, many people have acupuncture to maintain and enhance their vitality.

What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

            The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness for over 40 common disorders including:

 Neurological Muscloskeletal  Immune
 Headache /migraine Joint and limb pain
common cold/ flu
 Neuralgia   Low back / sciatica  Sinusitis
 Post-operative pain  Arthritis  Tonsilitis
 Parkinson's disease   Strains /Sprains  Bronchitis
 Bell's Palsy  Muscle spasms cramps  Allergies
 Facial pain    Asthma
 Women's Health Emotional  Digestive
 Menstrual Syndromes  Insomnia  Abdominal pain
 Menopause / hot flashes   Depression
 Acid reflex/ GERD
 Uterine Fibroids  Anxiety / Nervousness   Diarrhea/constipation
 Infertility  Stress  IBS /Irritable Bowel
 Morning Sickness  

How Does Acupuncture Work?

           Accupuncture works by removing blocks to the flow of life force energy known as qi (chi) which flows through meridians each of which is associated with an organ.  The meridians can best be thought of as rivers of life that flow throughout the body.  Accupuncture holistically restores normal healthy balance and flow.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

            Many people go to sleep and / or find it to be a relaxing peaceful meditation.  The needles are hair like and any slight discomfortfort at insertion should be of very short duration or your accupuncturistist should be immediately informed.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

            Everyone is a unique individual.  Acupuncture treats the whole person.  Many people feel relief with their first treatment. Such immediate relief of symptoms may be partial and temporary.  Everyone should experience noticeable improvement within about 6 treatments.  If the case is complex and noticeable improvement does not occur in 6 treatments, then the lack of improvement should be communicated to, and discussed with, the acupuncturist. 

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