Does acupuncture hurt?
Some sensation may be felt during acupuncture. When the needles are inserted, you might feel a slight prickling on the skin that will subside within a few seconds. During the session, some may feel tingling, heavy or a warming sensation around the local area. Others might feel a sense of peace and calm, and be so relaxed that they fall asleep. After treatment, most patients feel energized, less pain, relaxed, calm and peaceful. Many report a feeling of zen. With a skillful acupuncturist, it should not hurt. Acupuncture needles are not syringes. They are thinner than a strain of hair and most of the time, not even felt.
If you are still scared-stiff, don’t be. We’ve been practicing our own unique touch and we listen to you. We also offer Tuina Bodywork, massage, cupping and Herbal Medicine that can assist in healing as well.
What should I expect on my first time?
The typical treatment takes more time than your regular visit with your MD, with more hands on time without the office wait. First initial visit last for about 75-90 minutes, with 15-30 minutes for intake where we ask a wide range of questions relating to may components of your health: physical symptoms, emotions, daily routine, diet, menstruation history (women), sleep patterns, bowel and urinary functions and more. As Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a whole body medicine, it is essential to get a big picture of your health. We also inspect your tongue, take your pulse, look at your appearance and overall behavior and mental health. All of the data we observed are our diagnostic process in assessing your state of health and create a comprehensive treatment plan. Follow up visits will then be a shorter, 60 minutes but may last up to 2 hours depending on your treatment plan.
How many treatments do I need?
Each individual treatment plan differs depending on the condition, duration of the illness, level of pain and other complicating factors. Acupuncture jumpstarts the body into healing itself. For acute conditions, the course of treatment range from 3-10 treatments. It may be 2-3 times per week initially then, taper off to 1 time per week. For chronic conditions, the symptoms have been rooted for a longer time and will need treatment 1-2 times per week for a few months. To support the healing process, the effect of acupuncture is combined with Herbal Medicine and supplement. Once you have completed a course of treatment, you should follow up with Maintenance Treatment to prevent occurrence of the symptoms, and to feel great again. Seasonal treatments are also recommended to boost the immunity, and to prevent flus and cold when the season change.
How can I get the most of out of my treatment?
Acupuncture works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next. Each treatment accelerates the healing process in your body, and each treatment gains momentum on the last. If treatments are too far apart, we will not gain any momentum on the healing and your treatment will be much less efficient. Similar to how medications are ineffective unless you take the prescribed dose, acupuncture needs to be ‘prescribed’ frequently enough & consistently, and within an appropriate time frame to yield the desired outcome. So do not give up, stay on course and commit to your health.
For more information read our blog article “Six ways of taking care of yourself after acupuncture treatment”.
Will acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine interfere with my other care?
No, not usually. Using Eastern and Western Medicine together is a great way to an integrative health care plan. Acupuncture will not interfere with western medications or treatments prescribed by your regular doctor. However, it may enable you to reduce some forms of medication. Acupuncture has shown to reduce pain and may be able to reduce the use of narcotic pain medication. However, you should always let us know your medication as it may affect your response to acupuncture treatment. For Herbal Medicine, we always cross reference pharmaceutical drugs to enable us to custom blend herbal medicine that will not interfere with your medication. We would like to work with you and your health care team to give you the best possible care. Our scope of practice also include sending in for imaging and labs in order to give you a holistic approach to a happier and healthier you.