What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a vital part of Chinese medicine, the oldest system of health care we know. It regulates the body’s ability to heal through the stimulation of different sites on the body with a very fine needle. The results include specific and measurable chemical, electrical and functional changes. For the patient, that response produces decreasing symptoms that last for increasingly longer amounts of time.

Will acupuncture hurt?

It’s virtually painless!
Very fine surgical steel needles are used. Since they are solid and very thin, they can be inserted without the discomfort that is typically associated with a needle.
Our experienced hands also help to make the whole treatment pleasant.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is an extremely safe therapeutic procedure. Our experience, training and remaining current in the profession ensure you are being given the best care possible.
Your safety and well-being is our primary concern. We use the highest-quality disposable equipment available. We encourage our patients to continue all current treatments, therapies and medications as advised by their physician.

Will acupuncture work for me?

We understand why most of our patients seek help from The Acupuncture Clinic.
Typically, they are using acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to enhance the health care they are receiving or because standard therapies, medications and treatments have been ineffective.
Others are seeking a more natural treatment as a way to regain control of their own health. Whatever your reason might be we will treat you the way we like to be treated ourselves.
Your case will be approached in a sensible and practical way. We will start with a treatment-trial to determine if acupuncture will work for you. As the treatments progress a cumulative response should be realized, with subsequent treatments scheduled accordingly.
Today more people than ever seek help from acupuncture because it:

  • Relieves pain
  • Helps normalize functional disorders
  • Alleviates nausea
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Reduces nicotine and drug addiction
  • Promotes whole-body healing
  • Integrates well with traditional medical care

What will happen during the first visit?

During your first visit you will learn if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for your condition. A specific number of treatments will be recommended to serve as a trial to determine if your case will respond to acupuncture. You will also have a clear understanding of ways to assess your progress and when to expect results.

What is a typical treatment like?

During a typical treatment you will experience minute disposable needles being gently inserted into the skin at specific sites on the body. Because they are extremely thin you will usually only feel a slight sensation. Occasionally either manual rotation or electrical stimulation generating a soft, painless current is applied to add additional stimulation.
Your treatment will typically last between 20-30 minutes. Often, a feeling of pleasant relaxation or general well-being follows a treatment.

How many treatments will it take?

The number of treatments that you will need will vary according to your condition. One or two treatments may be sufficient for some acute conditions. Chronic problems usually require a longer treatment period with results not evident until after a few treatments.
Acupuncture treatments produce a cumulative effect with time, so you will be able to increase the duration of time between visits as the results build.

How long will the results last?

This varies with the individual. Initially the results are short-lived and subtle. Subsequent treatments should provide longer-lasting and greater degrees of improvement. The response will accelerate as the treatments progress.
Will acupuncture cure my problem?
The treatments themselves do not cure a condition. They can, however, help a patient heal a condition by stimulating the patient’s natural mechanism for healing.

Any other recommendations to help the treatments?

Nutritional, herbal and other therapies are often recommended as a way of enhancing the treatment.
We will often recommend adjunctive therapies to enhance your care that include therapeutic massage or acupressure with one of our experienced therapists, participation in group events that range from acupressure training to Tai-Chi Chuan exercise, nutritional support or Chinese herbal formulas.