How does acupuncture work?

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

Do the needles hurt?

Although it sounds unsettling to lie down and have needles placed in your body, getting acupuncture is very relaxing. The needles are hair thin and very flexible. They are nothing like the hypodermic needles used in western medical settings. When the needles are gently stimulated they may produce a unique sensation known as de qi. Most of the time patients don't even feel them being inserted. You may feel de qi for a moment and then the sensation dissipates. Instead of feeling pain or discomfort most patients fall into deep relaxation and even end up falling asleep. 

Is it safe?

Yes. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Aside from a four year Masters degree students must pass comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I am also licensed by the state. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

How many treatments will I need?

Each individual has a different diagnosis and prognosis will be determined based on your condition. Typically for acute conditions it is recommended to be treated once a week for 6-10 weeks. Chronic conditions may take longer to resolve depending on the severity of the condition. Although, you should begin to feel relief within the first few treatments.