How much time do I need to allot for a visit?
A new patient acupuncture treatment will last 60 to 90 minutes. For follow up patients, visits typically last 30 to 40 minutes. For Herbal Consults, a new patient visit will last about 30 minutes, follow up visits 20 minutes. At your initial consultation, you will be given an estimation of the duration of follow up visits.
How many treatments will it take to see results?
Acute conditions can be resolved fairly quickly, in some cases with one visit. Chronic problems on the other hand take longer, perhaps weeks or even months. At the initial visit, the expected length of treatment will be discussed with you. The goal is to get you better as quickly as possible, and then you can tell others about your satisfaction with the treatment!
Does acupuncture hurt?
Patients often worry that acupuncture will hurt. The needles are completely unlike those that are used for giving shots, drawing blood or infusing intravenous (IV) fluids. They are about the width of a hair and are designed to slide effortlessly into the body. The tip is even shaped to increase the patient’s comfort. Some patients do not feel any sensation when the needle is inserted; others describe what feels like a mosquito bite or small pinch. Sometimes there is a sensation of tingling, warmth, coolness or heaviness at the site of insertion as well as radiating from the point as the Qi travels throughout the body.
What is Holistic treatment?
Holistic medicine holds that all aspects of a person’s life, physiological, psychological and social, are interconnected and should be taken into account as part of any treatment. It greatly helps prevent circumstances where the symptoms are alleviated without discovering the root cause. Integrative medicine combines these practices with traditional, western treatments.
How does acupuncture work?
It is easy to explain how acupuncture works from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, but much more difficult to explain from a modern scientific perspective. Some studies have recently shown that acupuncture “lights up” certain areas of the brain, inducing natural pain relieving endorphins, but these studies do not adequately explain the results we see in the clinic. What we do know is that patients with many different types of complaints respond favorably to acupuncture every day in the clinical setting.
Do you have to “believe” in acupuncture for it to be effective?
TCM and acupuncture are not a belief system; they are components of a health care system. As with any healing modality whether Western or Eastern the treatment will be more successful if the patient is able to approach it with a positive outlook. Acupuncture is used to treat dogs, cats and horses, which do not posses a belief system, yet they respond very well to acupuncture treatments.