What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture started more than 2,000 years ago in China and is one of the oldest forms of medicine still in use today. It promotes physical and emotional health, prevents illness and treats many medical conditions. With the insertion of extremely thin, sterile needles, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, causing the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters and hormones, and increases blood flow. This affects immune reactions and other systems and energizes the body’s natural healing abilities.
How does acupuncture work?
The acupuncture needles connect to the body’s energy, or life-force, called “qi.” This powers the body’s organs and allows them to function. The treatments help increase the circulation of qi so the body’s organs work more efficiently, making you feel better.
Does it hurt?
Most often people barely feel the needle go in. Sometimes a point will be sensitive, but this small sting or pinch lasts for only a second. Tell the acupuncturist if a needle hurts during the treatment and they will adjust the needle for you. There should be no pain or discomfort during the treatment itself.
What does acupuncture treat?
Although it is most well known in the U.S. for treating pain, acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its ability to treat a wide variety of ailments, including:
- Respiratory Disorders like: asthma, allergies, sinus congestion, chronic cough, bronchitis and emphysema.
- Gastrointestinal Disorders like indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, food sensitivities, anorexia, ulcers and gastritis.
- Gynecological Disorders like irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, infertility and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Musculoskeletal Disorders like arthritis; polymyalgia; back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot pain.
- Nervous System Disorders like headaches, dizziness, neuralgia and insomnia.
- Emotional & Psychological Disorders like stress, depression, anxiety and addiction.
How much does it cost?
Initial and follow-up acupuncture treatments are $120. A typical session is 55 minutes to an hour, which will include a brief intake, needle insertion, needle retention, and needle removal. Needles are retained for anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes. We accept cash and checks, or credit cards for a small fee.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depends on the individual, their constitution, and the details of their condition. Generally speaking, the more chronic the condition, the longer it will take to treat. Some people have drastic reductions in symptoms in a few treatments; others require a longer course of consistent sessions.
How should I prepare for my first treatment?
Bring questions or any documentation you may have relating to your condition. Take notes of any related factors (what makes the condition better, what makes it worse), as well as timeframes (frequency, time of day). Come dressed in loose, comfortable clothing that leaves your arms and legs accessible. Please don't eat right before your treatment, but be sure you have eaten something that day.