Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a natural way to enhance your immune system, detox your body, improve your cardiovascular function and adrenal activity. Acupuncture promotes natural healing and helps to quicken our bodies natural healing process.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? (TCM)

herbsTraditional Chinese Medicine consists of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Tui Na Massage. There are many types of Acupuncture from different traditions. I practice Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Japanese Sei Tai Shin Po Acupuncture, some Five Element Acupuncture, and Auricular Acupuncture (ear).

Acupuncture has been used to help millions of people become well and stay well. Acupuncture promotes natural healing. Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture are complimentary therapeutic modalities, which means they may be used together to enhance the benefits of one another. Chinese herbal medicine is a safe effective and drug-free way to become well and stay healthy naturally.

Herbal tea is the most effective way to administer medicine into our human bodies. I strive to offer you the best quality Herbal Medicine.  All herbs are organic when possible, and are lab tested for heavy metals, and pesticides.   

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has been used effectively in treating numerous health conditions for thousands of years. The World Health Organization, and the National Institutes of Health endorse acupuncture for many common ailments including:

• Allergies & Asthma
• Arthritis
• Addictions
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Chronic Fatigue
• Colitis
• Common cold
• Constipation/Diarrhea
• Depression & Anxiety
• Digestive issues
• Dizziness
• Emotional issues
• Fatigue
• Fertility
• Fibromyalgia
• Headaches/Migraines
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Insomnia
• Low back pain
• Menopause
• Menstrual irregularities
• Osteoarthritis
• Pain
• PMS
• Sciatica
• Shoulder pain

Do the Needles Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are engineered so precisely that usually a very mild sensation is felt, if any at all.  The needles are about the diameter of a hair. Most patients report feeling deeply relaxed and often have instant pain relief.

How Safe is Acupuncture?

There are very few adverse reactions to acupuncture but in some cases your condition may temporarily exacerbated following the treatment. This is a sign of detoxification and is considered to be a good thing.  Soaking your feet in Epsom salts and hot water and getting in plenty of fluids and nutrition will ease the healing process.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This will vary depending on your severity of pain, your diagnosis, and your response to the treatment.  For a musculoskeletal problem: It is usually better to come in twice in the first week and once a week for the next couple of weeks.  This ensures that we keep the ball rolling forward in your healing and don’t re-start every time from the beginning.   Even when you are relatively healthy, it is a good practice to see your acupuncturist once every season, so that they may balance you & realign your internal system to operate at optimal.  By seeing your acupuncturist four times a year you will be preventing imbalances, which cause disease and sickness.